october 15, 2023



Discover various expert resources and programs to get you to the start line and provide a more enjoyable race day experience.

keeping pace podcast

Join us monthly for Keeping Pace powered by the IMT Des Moines Marathon with your hosts, Chris Burch & Emery Songer. Listen in as they chat about correctly preparing for race day. Each month, special guests join them. Listen in on your next run. Click here.

capital city fruit-home delivery

Official Produce Supplier of the IMT Des Moines Marathon and Presenting Sponsor for the Race Iowa Challenge. Capital City Fruit is a 73-year-old company located in Norwalk, Iowa. Capital City Fruit – Home Delivery delivers fresh produce directly to your door. Capital City Fruit – Home Delivery provides oranges and Bananas on-course at each fruit stand and the finish line. Learn more about the Capital City Fruit – Home Delivery. Learn more


Parents. Teachers. Health care providers. Business leaders. Everyone wants one thing for them to be healthy for kids! That’s why Iowa has created Healthy Choices, Count! It’s a health-focused movement for kids under the nationally recognized program 5-2-1-0. This proven scientific method helps keep kids healthy by focusing on the importance of good habits. And it all starts by encouraging them to eat and play the right way. It’s how they can live 5-2-1-0. Celebrate in October as a part of Healthiest State Month. Learn more.

road runners club of america

The IMT Des Moines Marathon and the Capital Striders are members of the Road Runners Club of America. Discover various resources, from learning more about running etiquette to tips about running in the summer heat. Learn more.

Capital Striders

The IMT Des Moines Marathon’s official run club partner encourages running through the community’s education on physical fitness and amateur sports benefits. This is your run club, with events throughout the year and weekly training opportunities for runners of all abilities. Join the Capital Striders marathon and half marathon group training runs this summer and fall. More info.

fitness sports

Are you looking for personalized coaching to help you achieve your running goals? Fitness Sports will help you with goal setting, weekly check-ins, and customized plans. You can partner with Lindsey at Fitness Sports for all your official personal training needs.

Lindsey’s Top Training Tips for a Successful Training
#1: Your longest long run should occur 3-4 weeks before the race and should be at least 90% of the race distance! The longer, the better so that your mind and body are better prepared for the race distance.
#2: Experiment with your gear and nutrition before the race! Test various race day clothing and accessories options to ensure they feel comfortable, function well, and help you feel confident! Additionally, test out different nutrition and hydration options throughout your training to help you figure out what sits best on your stomach, fuels you well, and that you like the best!
#3: Follow a plan! Whether you are a seasoned racer or this is your first race, you must follow a comprehensive program that spans the following schedule: 5K- 8-10 weeks; Half Marathon- 12-16 weeks; Marathon- 16-24 weeks. If you don’t, you’ll likely run into injuries or falter on race day. The accountability and expertise will help you be more confident and ready for the race! Check out our printable training plans – coming soon! Or if you want a custom training plan made weekly just for you, focused on your abilities and goals, and added extra accountability, click here.

unified pairing

You can partner your Half Marathon or 5K registration with the Special Olympics Iowa; Unified Pairing program. This is an opportunity for athletes to “partner up” with a Special Olympic athlete and participate in the races together. You can select that you want to participate in the Unified Pairing program during your Half Marathon or 5K registration. Click here.

gatorade endurance

Official Sports Fuel of the IMT Des Moines Marathon. Gatorade Endurance is made for endurance athletes to fuel their unique needs during training and on the course. Gatorade Endurance formula has a 2:1 glucose to fructose blend, helping the body maximize carbohydrate absorption and use and reduce the risk of GI distress during your long-run session. Lemon-Lime Gatorade Endurance Formula is served on-course at each water station and the finish line. Learn more about the Gatorade Endurance line of products. Learn more.

hb cbd

HW CBD is committed to being part of this growing industry. As a locally-owned, family-operated business, we genuinely believe in the life-changing benefits of cannabinoids found in hemp. We are committed to helping our customers understand the science of CBD. With over a decade of experience, HW CBD is dedicated to offering safe, natural CBD products that are both effective and affordable so anyone can experience the benefits of CBD. With Iowa’s largest selection of premium CBD products (from topicals, edibles, oils, drinks, candies, skincare, and more!), we will find a product that will work best for you. We are excited to educate, consult, and guide you in your natural health and wellness journey. HW CBD is eager to serve you. Learn more.

g2g protein bars

G2G Protein Bars are the official protein bar of the IMT Des Moines Marathon. G2G Bars are fresh, refrigerated protein bars with unmatched taste. Our bars are preservative-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and guilt-free. G2G Bars are made with natural food ingredients and are the perfect pre-run fuel or post-run recovery. They are also a great & convenient meal on the go! You can find G2G Bars inside the Health Market at your local Hy-Vee stores. The fresh ones (and the best ones) are in the fridge. Learn more.

real-time pain relief

Proud to introduce our partnership as the official pain relief of the IMT Des Moines Marathon. You can quickly purchase the IMT Des Moines Marathon Co-Branded Edition MAXX Pain Relief formula and get in on a great deal. Learn more.

International Marathon Medical Directors Association health recommendations for runners & walkers. Click here.