Pro & Elite Athletes

The IMT Des Moines Marathon invites Professional & Elite Athletes to apply for inclusion in our events.

The IMT Des Moines Marathon does not pay appearance fees, or reimburse Professional or Elite Athletes for travel expenses. A limited number of one-night hotel stays is available for a Professional Athletes based on qualifying times. Qualifying times are required for Professional or Elite Athlete status, which must be submitted from events run since 2017.

Professional Athletes are welcome to apply for a waived, seeded entry into the Marathon division.

The IMT Des Moines Marathon does not offer Professional Athletes waived, seeded entries or discounted entries into the Half Marathon, 5-Mile Run, or 5K Road Race divisions.

Elite Athletes are welcome to apply for either waived, seeded entry or discounted, seeded entry in the Marathon or Half Marathon division. There are no waived or discounted entries in 5-Mile Run or 5K Road Race divisions.

Contact Us Athletes who wish to compete in the IMT Des Moines Marathon (IMT DMM) elite athlete program should contact John Tope, professional athlete director, directly at 303-931-2226 or [email protected] to initiate all professional & elite athlete requests.         

Qualifying Times

Professional Athletes Waived race numbers (free race entry) are available for accepted Professional Athletes into the Professional field who have qualified:

MARATHON 
Male Under 2:20 eligible for waived, seeded race number.
Female Under 2:40 eligible for waived, seeded number.

Elite Athletes Waived race numbers (free race entry) are also available for accepted Elite Athletes into the Elite field who have qualified for the following:

MARATHON
Male Under 2:20 eligible for waived, seeded race number.
Female Under 2:40 eligible for waived, seeded race number.

HALF MARATHON
Male Under 1:09 eligible for waived, seeded elite race number.
Female Under 1:19 eligible for waived, seeded elite race number.

Accepted Athletes Seeded race numbers (discounted race entry) are available for accepted Elite Athletes into the Elite field who have qualified for the following:

MARATHON
Male 2:20 – 2:39 eligible for seeded, elite race number.
Female 2:40 – 2:59 eligible for seeded, elite race number.

HALF MARATHON
Male 1:09 – 1:20 eligible for seeded, elite race number.
Female 1:19 – 1:30 eligible for seeded, elite race number.

International Status Professional Athletes from countries whose citizens are required to have a visa to enter the United States are encouraged to apply for a visa for entry to the United States as soon as possible. Depending upon citizenship, the approval time may be several months. If an invitation letter is required, one will be issued upon request. For an invitation letter to be issued, the athlete must provide complete name, address, nationality and passport number.

Prize Money

An athlete can be awarded prize money in only one event category. Athletes must be officially registered for the race division they competed in, in order to qualify for any awards or cash prizes.

The IMT Des Moines Marathon does not duplicate, or double-dip, overall awards and age division awards. Prize money winners cannot also qualify for age division awards, which are offered for the top 3 men and women in each age category starting at 14 & under, and up to 80 & over.

If an athlete places in two prize money categories, prestige takes precedence. (Example: If an athlete qualifies for 3rd place in the Marathon and as Top Iowan, he or she would be awarded 3rd place in the Marathon and then the next Iowan to finish would receive Top Iowan.)

Cash awards and gift card awards are based on gun time, not chip time.

To avoid an automatic 30% IRS tax on prize money, U.S. citizens must possess a Social Security number and provide a completed W-9 form. Foreign citizens must provide a completed W-8 BEN form. Otherwise, any athlete claiming prize money is subject to having 30% of their prize money withheld for federal income tax filing purposes.

* Prize money and/or gift cards are not offered in the MercyOne 5-Mile Run or Principal 5K Road Race divisions.

Marathon
Male and Female – cash awards.
1st place $2,500, 2nd place $1,000, 3rd place $500.

$1,000 cash bonus for male & female winner if finish time is under 2:20 and 2:40, respectively.
$2,500 additional cash bonus for male & female winner setting new event record (see event records below).

Masters Male and Female – cash awards.
1st place $350, 2nd place $200.

Top Iowan Male and Female – Scheels gift card awards.
1st place $100 gift card.

Half Marathon
Male and Female – Scheels & Altra gift card awards.
1st place $750, 2nd place $500, 3rd place $250.

Masters Male and Female – Scheels & Altra gift card awards.
1st place $200, 2nd place $100.

Top Iowan Male and Female – Scheels & Altra gift card awards.
1st place – $50.

US Olympic Team Trials

New This Year! The IMT Des Moines Marathon is supporting athletes that achieve, at the 2019 IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon races, the qualifying standards for participation in the US Olympic Marathon Team Trials … where the top three finishers will be named to the US Marathon Team!

A bonus structure is now in place for any 2019 IMT Des Moines Marathon or Half Marathon athlete who finishes the Marathon in either the “A” Standard or the “B” Standard or the Half Marathon in the “B” Standard for eligible participation in the 2020 US Olympic Marathon Team Trials. View more.

“A” Standard $500 Bonus
Marathon Men: 2:15 or faster.
Marathon Women: 2:37 or faster.

“B” Standard $250 Bonus
Marathon Men: 2:15:01 – 2:19.
Marathon Women: 2:37:01 – 2:45.

Half Marathon Men: 1:04 or faster.
Half Marathon Women: 1:13 or faster

For more information on the U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials, click here.
For more information on competing in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, click here.

Event Records

Event records are based on the fastest event time, since the inception of the Des Moines Marathon in 2002, and continuing when IMT Insurance became title sponsor of the event in 2006, regardless of course changes.

Marathon
Marathon Male: 2:12:19, Phillip Lagat, Kenya – 2014.
Marathon Female: 2:32:38, Abnet Simegn, Ethiopia – 2014.
Masters Marathon Male: 2:37:14, Dave Johnson, USA – 2005.
Masters Marathon Female: 2:49:32, Tatyana Byelovol, Ukraine – 2011.
Marathon Male Iowa: 2:24:42, Marty Dalton, Earlham – 2008.
Marathon Female Iowa: 2:41:32, Robyn Friedman, Newton – 2009.

Half Marathon
Half Marathon Male: 1:03:20, Samuel Ndereba, Kenya – 2012.
Half Marathon Female: 1:14:19, Jane Murage, Kenya – 2013.
Masters Half Marathon Male: 1:10:55, Keith Mulhollan, USA – 2011.
Masters Half Marathon Female: 1:22:48, Lisa Marshall, USA – 2010.

MercyOne 5-Mile Run
5-Mile Run Male: 29:01, Stacy Garrels, Iowa – 2016.
5-Mile Run Female: 33:56, Christine Price, Iowa – 2016.

Principal 5K Road Race
5K Road Race Male: 14:13, Ben Jaskowiak, Iowa – 2015.
5K Road Race Female: 17:11, Amy Armstrong, Colorado – 2015.

Bankers Trust Marathon Relay
All Male Team: 2:31:22, Dread Pirate Roberts – Iowa, 2018.
All Female Team: 3:17:05, Five Foxes, Iowa – 2014.
Community Team: 3:08:06, Ernst & Young, Iowa – 2007.
Corporate Team*: 2:40:09, Principal, Iowa – 2008.
*all 5 team members must work for the same organization.

Contact Us Athletes who wish to compete in the IMT Des Moines Marathon (IMT DMM) elite athlete program should contact John Tope, professional athlete director, directly at 303-931-2226 or [email protected] to initiate all professional & elite athlete requests.