RACE WEEKEND

SATURDAY 5-MILE RUN, 1-MILE WALK and JUNIOR JOG

Start 

The Mercy Live Up Loop 5-Mile Run & 1-Mile Walk start at 8:00 am followed by the Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics Junior Jog at 9:30 am on Saturday, October 19. Both races take place at Principal Park. More info.

PARKING Principal Park offers free parking onsite. Consider parking in either the main parking lot north of the stadium or across the street to the west of the stadium in one of the available lots.

LINE UP Enter the start line area outside Principal Park. Select your lineup point based on your predicted finish time. Do not be afraid to ask a member of the IMT Des Moines Marathon Race Committee or Ambassador program for assistance.

The race is scored on ‘net’ time, which means your official time starts the moment you cross the start line mat and finishes the moment you cross the finish line. A general rule of thumb is runners towards the front and walkers towards the back.

WEAR YOUR BIB Athletes without a visible race number/bib centered on the front of their shirts will be removed from the course for security and safety. Complete the medical information fields on the back of your bib prior to the race if they aren’t filled in already.

NO WHEELS Bicycles, inline skates, roller skates, scooters, wheeled vehicles (except registered push-rim athletes or wheelchairs) and animals of any kind are not allowed in the Mercy Live Up Loop at this time. If you are seen in violation, you will be removed from the course. The race is offering a stroller division.

STROLLERS ALLOWED An adult may run or walk with a stroller. A special wave start will follow the start of the 5-Mile Run.

JUNIOR JOG The kids will start and finish outside the stadium at Principal Park. Distances of 1/8 Mile to 1 Mile will be offered for kindergarten through 6th grade aged children, along with additional activities thanks to Hy-Vee KidsFit. (weather permitting).

Course

TIME LIMIT 90 minutes. This allows for just under a 20:00 minute per mile pace in the Mercy Live Up Loop 5-Mile Run. Athletes unable to maintain a 20:00 minute per mile pace will not be removed from the course but are not guaranteed course protection.

LIVE TRACKING With IMT DMM LiveTracking your friends and family can follow your progress live during the race by simply searching for their race number/bib or name by clicking here. You can then choose to post live updates to your Facebook or Twitter account with their progress. You will then be asked to log into your social media account and authorize the app to allow it to post live updates on your timeline/feed. Social Sharing.

In the new app you can find all the information you like to know about the IMT DMM: course maps, updates via social media, LiveTracking and more. You don’t need to bring your phone, as the App uses the passing of the timing mats and calculates the average speed. IMT DMM Live Tracking is available for free download through the iTunes and Google play stores.

RESTROOMS are located inside the main concourse at Principal Park and at Gray’s Lake Park on the course. Restrooms indicated on the course map are public restroom facilities.

AID STATIONS are stocked with water provided by Fresh Thyme Farmers Market just after Mile 2 and Mile 4 on the course and at the finish line.

ENTERTAINMENT featuring live music for athletes of all ages is offered before, during and after the race.

Finish

CONGRATULATIONS! Do not stop at the finish line. Proceed through the finishing area and proceed to the post-race amenities inside the Principal Park concourse.

FOOD The IMT Des Moines Marathon prides itself on feeding athletes at the finish line. Post race food is intended for athletes who have competed on race day only. Highlights include Hiland Dairy Foods, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, Fiftful and Hy-Vee.

RESULTS Visit the Xtream Results Tent at Principal Park following the race to get a personalized printout that shows your finish time, split times and rank. with others.

On race day, results are posted in real-time as athletes cross the finish line. To view online race results, including searchable results from previous years. Click here.

AWARDS Overall awards are offered to top male and female finisher. Age division awards are offered in the Mercy Live Up Loop 5-Mile Run to the top three male and female finishers in each of the following age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80 & over. Personalized age division awards are mailed directly to the winners once race results become official and typically take 6 weeks to arrive.

POST-RACE TREATMENT Begin your race recovery by visiting the sport massage therapists in the concourse after the race. This service is free to all athletes and brought to you by Personal Best Massage of Urbandale.

SUNDAY MARATHON, HALF, RELAY and 5K ROAD RACE

Start

The IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon and Bankers Trust Marathon Relay start at 8 am followed by the Principal 5K Road Race at 8:30 am on Sunday, October 20. Court Avenue District, 300 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309. Combined course map.

PARKING Street parking is free where you can find it (watch for temporary “no parking” signs). City ramps are located at 3rd/Court, 4th/Grand, 5th/George Watson Powell, 5th/Walnut, 5th/Locust, 7th/Locust and 8th/Mulberry. You can also park at Principal Park, just south of Court Avenue at 1 Line Drive. Find parking.

RESTROOMS Located in a variety of locations around the start line area. A majority of the portable toilets are located on 4th Street, to north of Court Avenue.

SHAKE OUT Due to street closures athletes should consider warming up along 3rd Street to the south of Court Avenue.

WEAR YOUR BIB Athletes without a visible race number/bib centered on the front of their shirts will be removed from the course for security and safety. Complete the medical information fields on the back of your bib prior to the race if they aren’t filled in already.

NO WHEELS Bicycles, inline skates, roller skates, baby joggers, strollers, scooters, wheeled vehicles (except registered push-rim athletes or wheelchairs) and animals of any kind are not allowed on the IMT Des Moines Marathon course. If you are seen in violation, you will be removed from the course.

Course

TIME LIMIT The finish line is open for 7 hours in all race divisions. This allows for a 16:00 minute per mile pace in the Marathon. Athletes unable to maintain a 16:00 minute per mile pace will not be removed from the course. However, it is very important that you understand that volunteer services may not still be in place. Mercy Medical Center first aid stations and sag wagons along with the Bike Iowa Bike Support team will remain on the course until every athlete crosses the finish line.

LIVE TRACKING With IMT DMM LiveTracking your supporters can download the IMT DMM MYLAPS app to track your progress live during the event… and record cheer messages! With LiveTracking they can see real time where you are running. The IMT DMM is available for free through the iTunes and Google play stores.

RESTROOMS Portable toilets are located approximately every other mile on the course through Mile 20 and then every mile there after. Restrooms indicated on the course map are public restroom facilities.

AID STATIONS Hydration is offered approximately every other mile on the course through Mile 20 and then every mile there after. Crystal Clear Bottled Water (in cups) and Gatorade Endurance is served in cups. Some hydration stations may stock additional items such as Kleenex, petroleum jelly, gummy bears, orange slices, etc.

ENERGY GELS GU Energy gels will be offered at approximately Mile 14, Mile 20 and Mile 23 on the Marathon course and at Mile 7 and Mile 10 on the Half Marathon course. Athletes that consume energy gels while running should not rely solely on the energy gels offered on the course. They are offered on a first come, first served basis. GU Energy gels are offered in the following flavors: Strawberry Banana, Vanilla Bean, Tri-Berry and Chocolate Outrage.

FRESH FRUIT Hy-Vee Fruit Stands offer bananas and oranges along the course at the GU Energy gel station locations.

PACE TEAMS The Fleet Feet Des Moines Pace Team provides a pace runner and group experience for athletes who wish to finish the race in within a specified time. The page group is led by an experienced distance runner (i.e., Pace Team Leader) who acts as a moving coach throughout the race. Pace Team FAQ.

Pacers from the Fleet Feet Des Moines Pace Team are provided for the IMT Des Moines Marathon from the 3:00 to 5:25 hour mark. The pace times offered are designed to mirror Boston Marathon qualifying times and include 3:00, 3:05, 3:10, 3:15, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:55, 4:00, 4:10, 4:25, 4:40, 4:55, 5:10 and 5:25. Marathon Pace Team Bios.

Pacers from the Fleet Feet Des Moines Pace Team are also provided for the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon from the 1:30 to 2:30 hour mark. Times include 1:30, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, and 2:30. Half Marathon Pace Team Bios.

ENTERTAINMENT The course is lined with incredibly talented musicians and performers to entertain athletes throughout the race. This year, more than twenty-five acts are scheduled to appear along the course and at the Samuel Adams DSM 26.2 Brew Block Party on Court Avenue following the race.

IF YOU CAN’T FINISH Stop at one of the Mercy Medical Center First Aid Stations along the course. If you are unable to make it to a First Aid Station stop at one of the hydration stations along the course. A Mercy Medical Center Sag Wagon will transport you to the Mercy Medical Center First Aid Station at the finish line.

FINISH

All of the IMT Des Moines Marathon races finish downtown right where they started on Court Avenue at 3rd Street.

CONGRATULATIONS! Do not stop at the finish line. Proceed through the finishing area and proceed to the Samuel Adams DSM 262. Brew Block Party. Join Us At The Finish Line!

PHOTOS MarathonFoto photographers will be on the course and at the start/finish line area. Click here to view your race day photos, which are also available for purchase (usually 1-3 days after the race).

RESULTS Visit the Xtream Results Tent at Samuel Adams DSM 26.2 Brew Block Party following the race to get a personalized printout that shows your finish time, split times and rank. with others.

On race day, results are posted in real-time as athletes cross the finish line. To view online race results during or after the race, including searchable results from previous years. Click here.

PRO/ELITE Athletes who wish to compete in the IMT Des Moines Marathon elite athlete program should contact John Tope, professional athlete director, directly at 303-931-2226 or ontherunus@comcast.net to initiate all professional/elite athlete requests. Elite info.

PRIZE MONEY Cash prizes go to the top three male and female finishers and top male and female master’s finishers in the IMT Des Moines Marathon. Scheels gift cards are presented to the top three male and female finishers and top male and female master’s finishers in the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon. A cash bonus is offered in the IMT Des Moines Marathon if winner breaks the current race record. Prize moneyCourse records.

AWARDS Overall awards are offered to top male and female finishers in all race divisions. Age division awards are offered in the IMT Moines Marathon, IMT Des Moines Half Marathon and Principal 5K Road Race to the top three male and female finishers in each of the following age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80 & over. Personalized age division awards are mailed directly to the winners once race results become official and typically take 6 weeks to arrive.

RESTROOMS A majority of the portable toilets around the start & finish line area are located on 4th Street to the north and south of Court Avenue.

FOOD The IMT Des Moines Marathon prides itself on feeding athletes at the finish line. Post race food is intended for athletes who have competed on race day only. Highlights include, Hiland Dairy Foods, Qdoba Mexican Eats, Jethro’s BBQ and Fong’s Pizza. Don’t forget to stop by the Hy-Vee Athlete Village ‘grab and go’ as well.

26.2 BREW Bigger and better than before! Sample Samuel Adams DSM 26.2 Brew at the Samuel Adams DSM 26.2 Brew Block Party on Court Avenue. Athlete and spectator sales are available.

POST-RACE TREATMENT Des Moines University providers, including physical therapy, foot and ankle, and osteopathic manual medicine, will be available at the finish line to conduct screenings and offer care to help aid athletes’ recovery. Look for DMU at the Hy-Vee Athlete Village on 4th Street.

POST-RACE PARTY 
Celebrate with family, friends and other athletes at the official post-race party at Johnny’s Hall of Fame on Court Avenue featuring live entertainment, food and Samuel Adams DSM 26.2 Brew specials.

Keep Informed

LIVE TRACKING With IMT DMM Live Tracking your friends and family can follow your progress live during the race by simply searching for their race number/bib or name by clicking here. You can then choose to post live updates to your Facebook or Twitter account with their progress. You will then be asked to log into your social media account and authorize the app to allow it to post live updates on your timeline/feed. IMT DMM Live Tracking is available for free through the iTunes and Google play stores.

LIVE POSTING Share what you love about DSM on the #DSMUSA Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/DSMUSA. Be sure to use #DSMUSA when posting on social media!

LIVE STREAMING Watch race day coverage streaming live over the internet to the entire world thanks to Central Iowa Sports Network and Local 5. Watch now.

ENTRY CONFIRMATION Visit Get Me Registered to confirm race entry and/or to receive an additional copy of you race confirmation via email. Confirm Now.

RACE RESULTS Visit onlineraceresults.com for a complete searchable database of IMT Des Moines Marathon race results. Just enter IMT Des Moines Marathon into the search bar. For a complete listing of 2018 race results  click here.

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

Keep In Mind

WEATHER Check Local 5 for up-to-the-minute updates, but expect a chill at the start line. Temps in the lower 40’s at the start and warming up into the upper 50’s as the race gets going is not uncommon. Layer up with some old clothes and shed them as you warm up after a few miles or as the day progresses. Volunteers from Iowa Homeless Youth Centers will pick up, wash, and distribute any clothing left along the course.

EVENT ALERT SYSTEM EAS is a color-coded method of quickly communicating the potential for adverse weather conditions that can affect the event. A series of color codes is used to indicate the increasing severity of adverse conditions. Green. (Low) good conditions. Yellow. (Moderate) Less than ideal conditions. Red (High) Potentially dangerous conditions. Black. (Extreme) Event cancelled for extreme and dangerous conditions. View more.

ACCOMMODATIONS IMT Des Moines Marathon host hotels provide blocks of rooms for athletes and other guests. Many are familiar with the needs of our athletes on race day and will offer perks such as early meal options, shuttles to the start, late checkout, etc. Identify yourself as being with the Des Moines Marathon when you make your reservation. Reservations.

ROAD DELAYS Many of the downtown streets and bridges around the start and finish line are closed on race day. Additional road closures (City of Des Moines interactive road closure map) will be in place Saturday morning due to the Downtown Farmers’ Market. Please plan your morning route ahead of time to save possible delays.Traffic Reroutes.

ROAD CLOSURES Learn what roads to avoid and what roads to take to get around on race day. Road Closures.

PARKING More than 10,000 athletes and spectators will arrive in downtown Des Moines race weekend. Allow for plenty of time for parking and arriving at the start line area. Street parking is free where you can find it (watch for temporary “no parking” signs). City ramps are located at 3rd/Court, 4th/Grand, 5th/George Watson Powell, 5th/Walnut, 5th/Locust, 7th/Locust and 8th/Mulberry. You can also park at Principal Park, just south of Court Avenue at 1 Line Drive. Find parking.

TAKE THE BUS Avoid potential parking issues or traffic delays and take the bus. Ride DART race weekend and take an alternative to driving alone.

RIDE A BIKE Free. Secure. Bicycle Valet Parking. Provided by the Des Moines Bicycle Collective in the Terrus Real Estate parking ramp located at the northeast corner of 2nd Street and Court Avenue.

LOCKERS and SHOWERS The Wellmark YMCA at 500 Grand Avenue opens at 7:00 am on Saturday and  6:00 am on Sunday. Athletes have access to the main gym for stretching, lockers, and shower use. Bring a lock. The Wellmark YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

GEAR CHECK The Lint Companies Gear Check is located in the Hy-Vee parking lot located off 4th Street, south of Court Avenue. Use a clear “see-through” plastic bag (you may want to use your bag from packet pick-up). All items are subject to search. Return with your bib after the race to claim your belongings. A driver’s license or ID may be requested. Do not check any valuable items. The IMT Des Moines Marathon is not responsible for lost, stolen or unclaimed bags.