April 27, 2020.
Message from the race director.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon race weekend is scheduled to be held as planned.
At this time each year we present all of the weekend course routes to the City of Des Moines street use team for approval, and they have been again. Another risk assessment review is scheduled for July.
We continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, and are considering a variety of race weekend scenarios to ensure that the events will be held in a safe manner. For our plans to succeed, all of us must continue to follow social distancing guidelines as the nation and the state of Iowa begin to reopen.
It is important for our society to be able to move past Phase Two and into Phase Three of the Opening Up America Again and State of Iowa county guidelines, as this will allow your race committee to not only plan for as many athletes as possible, but also to execute a race that allows you to run with confidence.
I am communicating with race directors across the nation as the running industry develops a national response, and am reviewing and offering feedback to the proposed RRCA guidelines for executing events during COVID-19. Our race weekend plans are in sync with the developing national guidelines.
We are asking the right questions of each other behind the scenes, but your input is needed as well. Please take a few minutes of your time to complete the important survey from the RRCA that is linked in the Runner Survey section below.
Necessary updates to our operation plan will involve industry insight, your input and decisions based on local and state health guidelines that rely on scientific facts and current data as we continue to plan for a safe race weekend for you.
Again, the IMT Des Moines Marathon has no plan to change the schedule of events or race activities. Should our race weekend plan be required to change based on restrictions in place at the time, I will communicate the changes promptly and thoroughly to you.
Our Spring Pricing has been extended through May 24. While our no refund policy remains in place, we are implementing an automatic deferral to the 2021 event should we not be allowed to execute the 2020 event as planned. We much prefer to see you this October, however.
In the meantime, be sure to keep up-to-date by visiting the website and our social channels for training plans and additional information. Stay healthy.
Chris Burch
Race Director
IMT Des Moines Marathon

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