Pro & Elite Athletes

The IMT Des Moines Marathon invites professional & elite athletes to apply for entry into our events.

Professional Athlete Status

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 based on qualifying times. Qualifying times are required for professional or elite athlete status, which the athlete must submit from events run since 2018.

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

Marathon Qualifying Times

Male; Under 2:20 eligible for waived; seeded race number.

Female; Under 2:40 eligible for waived; seeded number.

Elite Athlete Status

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

Marathon Qualifying Times

Male; 2:20 – 2:39 eligible for seeded, elite race number.

Female; 2:40 – 2:59 eligible for seeded, elite race number.

Half Marathon Qualifying Times

Male; Under 1:09 eligible for waived; seeded elite race number.

Female; Under 1:19 eligible for waived; seeded elite race number.

Male; 1:09 – 1:20 eligible for seeded, elite race number.

Female; 1:19 – 1:30 eligible for seeded, elite race number.

To Apply

Athletes who wish to apply and compete in the IMT Des Moines Marathon professional & elite athlete program should contact John Tope, professional athlete director, directly at 303-931-2226 ontherunus@comcast.net to initiate athlete requests.         

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

Prize Money

Scheels presents all IMT Des Moines Marathon prize money, 1st place trophies, and age division awards.

An athlete can be awarded prize money in only one event category. Athletes must be officially registered for the race division they competed 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 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 Scheels gift cards are not offered in the MercyOne 5-Mile Run or Principal 5K Road Race divisions.

Marathon

Scheels presents IMT Des Moines Marathon prize money to the top 3 male and female winners of the race; 1st place $2,500, 2nd place $1,000, 3rd place $500.

$1,000 cash bonus for the male or female winner if their finish time is under 2:20 and 2:40, respectively.

$2,500 additional cash bonus for the male or female winner if their finish time sets a new event record (see below).

Scheels presents IMT Des Moines Marathon prize money to the top 2 masters male and female winners of the race; 1st place $350, 2nd place $200.

Scheels presents Scheels gift cards to the top Iowa male and female winners of the race; 1st place $100 gift card.

Half Marathon

Scheels presents Scheels gift cards to the top 3 male and female winners of the race; 1st place $750, 2nd place $500, 3rd place $250.

Scheels presents Scheels gift cards to the top 2 masters male and female winners of the race; 1st place $200, 2nd place $100.

Scheels presents Scheels gift cards to the top Iowa male and female winners of the race; 1st place – $50.

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 the 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: 2:33:20, David Tuwei, Minnesota – 2019.
Masters Marathon Female: 2:49:32, Tatyana Byelovol, Ukraine – 2011.
Marathon Male Iowa: 2:24:42, Marty Dalton, Earlham, Iowa – 2008.
Marathon Female Iowa: 2:41:32, Robyn Friedman, Newton, Iowa – 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, Minnesota – 2011.
Masters Half Marathon Female: 1:22:48, Lisa Marshall, Granger, Iowa – 2010.
Half Marathon Male Iowa: 1:03:42, Antonio Vega, Des Moines, Iowa – 2012.
Half Marathon Female Iowa: 1:18:26, Ashley Tollakson, Des Moines, Iowa – 2011.

MercyOne 5-Mile Run

5-Mile Run Male: 27:48, Andrew Jacob, Nebraska – 2019.
5-Mile Run Female: 33:56, Christine Price, Des Moines, Iowa – 2016.
Masters 5-Mile Run Male: 29:17, Vic Morales, Urbandale, Iowa – 2019.
Masters 5-Mile Run Female: 36:03, Meghan Schaeffer, Des Moines, Iowa – 2019.

Principal 5K Road Race

5K Road Race Male: 14:13, Ben Jaskowiak, Des Moines, Iowa – 2015.
5K Road Race Female: 17:11, Amy Armstrong, Colorado – 2015.
Masters 5K Road Race Male: 17:34, Stacy Garrels, Indianola, Iowa – 2019.
Masters 5K Road Race Female: 19:50, Anna Bergman, West Des Moines, Iowa – 2019.

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 of the 5-team members must work for the same company/organization.

Accolades

BibRave lists the IMT Des Moines Marathon as one of The Decade’s Top 20 Marathons in the United States. Read more.

RaceRaves lists the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon as the best in Iowa and one of the best in the Midwest. Read more.

Cityview Magazine lists the IMT Des Moines Marathon as the Best Local Running Event in Des Moines. Read more.

All registrants should read our terms and conditions and frequently asked questions.