VIRTUAL EVENT FAQ

How do I register for the virtual event?

The IMT Des Moines Marathon Virtual Event takes place from October 16 through October 31, 2020.

First, register for the IMT Des Moines Marathon Virtual Event race distance that you would like to participate in. Registration for the virtual event in all distances has been extended to Friday, October 30 at 11:59 pm.

Next, download the IMT Des Moines Marathon app, if you haven’t already. The IMT DMM app and IMT DMM Virtual Event experience are available for free download now through the iTunes and Google Play stores.

Prepare to complete your specific race distance at a date and time that works best for you beginning Friday, October 16 through Saturday, October 31, 2020.

Return to the IMT Des Moines Marathon Virtual Event registration page and click on the Post Results button for the race distance that you participated in. To gain access to the results page to upload your results, enter your first name, last name, and email address. Click here.

Your IMT Des Moines Marathon Virtual Event results are also uploaded periodically throughout the two-week window of athlete participation to onlineraceresults.com. View your finish time, pace, and race statistics, along with an official finisher certificate for download, social shares, and more!

Don’t forget to inform your supporters to download the app, as well as the MOTIGO app, so that they can record personal cheer messages for you to listen to during your run!

How do I transfer my 2020 in-person registration to the virtual event?

It’s simple. But do so before Saturday, October 31 at 11:59 pm.

Athletes registered for any of the IMT Des Moines Marathon races in 2020 with a paid registration can return to the IMT Des Moines Marathon virtual event registration page and with a few clicks, complete the process to transfer their paid registration in 2020 to the same event category distance offered in the virtual event in 2020. To do so, click here.

Should an athlete with a paid 2020 in-person race registration want to change their race distance offered within the virtual event offerings they can do so at no cost by contacting the IMT Des Moines Marathon directly with their request at info@desmoinesmarathon.com.

Can I defer my 2020 in-person registration to 2021 in-person event, and then register for the virtual event?

Yes. If you would like to defer to next year and participate in the virtual event this year you can do so.

In fact, the virtual event is cheaper than the actual in-person race, so it would be more cost-effective to defer your 2020 in-person, paid race registration to the in-person race in 2021. And, then, complete a separate registration for the virtual race.

You have until Saturday, October 31 to register for the virtual race.

What race distances are offered in the virtual event?

The IMT Des Moines Marathon Virtual Event offers you the ability to participate in any of our race distances from any location, anywhere in the world… including your neighborhood. Register now.

Complete a marathon, half marathon, 5-Mile, or 5K distance in a continuous single run during the open event dates, October 16 through 31, just as you would in person. There is no ‘course time limit’ to participate. Treadmills are allowed. Walking is welcome!

You can even get a group of 2 to 5 together and participate in the Bankers Trust Marathon Relay, as a virtual event, at any of the offered virtual event race distances, as long as your team participates together towards a continuous single run.

Virtual Event race distances offered include: IMT Des Moines Marathon, IMT Des Moines Half Marathon, IMT Des Moines 5-Mile Run, Principal 5K, and the Bankers Trust Marathon Relay (any distance).

How does the 5-Mile Combo work with the virtual event?

Double your virtual event race experience by combining the IMT Des Moines 5-Mile Virtual Run with your race of choice in the marathon, half marathon, or 5K virtual race distance.

Register for both the 5-Mile Run and your virtual race of choice that you would like to participate in.

Or, if you are already registered for one of the virtual event race distances offered, go back to the virtual event registration page and register for the virtual race you need to add, and you will automatically be included in the 5-Mile Combo. Click here.

Athletes may complete the two virtual race distances the same day, two consecutive days, or anytime during the virtual event two-week window of participation,

Each athlete receives a unique finisher medal for each virtual event race distance completed and a commemorative 5-Mile Combo finisher medal charm. Athletes will receive the race amenities offered in each virtual event distance, as well, such as two shirts and two race wraps.

Double your races. Double your hardware.

What do I receive for participating in the virtual event?

Athletes competing in the virtual event anytime from October 16 through October 31 will receive:

  • SWAG Bag of Goodies including finisher medal, short-sleeve tech shirt, and race wrap. (shipped directly to each participant following the completion of the virtual event window of participation).
  • Free download of the IMT DMM app, for details like virtual event information, selfie filters, virtual goodies, runner playlist, and much more. Click here.
  • Results page with personalized athlete bib, finisher certificate, and race results.
  • Interactive Madlibs style inspiration wall, social media channels, and virtual village promotions, with race weekend engagements.
  • In-ear audio Motigo experience for personal cheers and fun “course” entertainment on our run…wherever you are! Download the Motigo app. Click here.
What does the athlete shirt and race wrap look like?

What do the finisher medals look like?

Distance Specific Finisher Medal                    5-Mile Run Finisher Medal                       5-Mile Combo Keychain

What does the virtual race bib and finisher certificate look like?

 

 

How do I download my virtual bib?

To access and download a copy of your IMT Des Moines Marathon virtual bib, complete with your first and last name, have a confirmation email resent to you, which contains your virtual bib for download.

Select the event from the calendar of events by scrolling down to October 31, 2020, for IMT Des Moines Marathon Virtual Event. https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_confirmation.php#top

 

When do I participate in the virtual event?

Prepare and plan to complete your specific race distance on a date and at a time that works best for you beginning Friday, October 16, through Saturday, October 31, 2020.

Then, on the day that works best for your schedule, within the established two week period, start your run/walk, and be sure to take the IMT DMM app and a GPS tracking device with you on your virtual event run or walk.

Return to the IMT Des Moines Marathon Virtual Event registration page and click on the Post Results button for the race distance that you participated in. To gain access to the results page to upload your results, enter your first name, last name, and email address. Click here.

Your IMT Des Moines Marathon Virtual Event results are also uploaded periodically throughout the two-week window of athlete participation to onlineraceresults.com. View your finish time, pace, and race statistics, along with an official finisher certificate for download, social shares, and more!

Can I run or walk my virtual race distance in installments or do I do it all at once?

No. Your virtual event participation must be completed in a continuous, single session. Just as you would in-person on race day on the actual course.

The IMT Des Moines Marathon supports the ability for virtual event participants to submit virtual race results by utilizing and uploading results from a GPS calculated distance tracking device upon completion of the virtual event race distance.

If you are using a tracking device such as Garmin Connect, Strava, Suunto, Nike, Training Peak, Polar, Zwift, MapMyRun, Apple Watch, Fitbit, Runkeeper, or a similar device/app to track your training runs… simply use the same tracking tool to track your virtual event race distance.

These GPS devices will calculate your distance accumulated in ‘real-time’. Many of these devices will analyze the uploaded data and attempt to make corrections for pauses and/or interference that may cause issues in connectivity during your workout.

As a result, you may find it necessary to plan a route that allows you to complete an additional 1/10 of a mile at the end of your virtual race to ensure that your race results meet the required distance.

You also may find it helpful, and are encouraged, to take a screenshot or photo of your virtual event race results for record-keeping purposes.

Where can I run or walk my virtual race?

Wherever you are!

The IMT DMM virtual event allows you to start right outside your front door, on your favorite training route, in your favorite park… or if you live in the Des Moines area on the actual course itself. Treadmills are allowed. 

The IMT Des Moines Marathon supports the ability for virtual event participants to submit virtual race results by utilizing and uploading results from a GPS calculated distance tracking device upon completion of the virtual event race distance.

If you are using a tracking device such as Garmin Connect, Strava, Suunto, Nike, Training Peak, Polar, Zwift, MapMyRun, Apple Watch, Fitbit, Runkeeper, or a similar device/app to track your training runs… simply use the same tracking tool to track your virtual event race distance.

These GPS devices will calculate your distance accumulated in ‘real-time’. Many of these devices will analyze the uploaded data and attempt to make corrections for pauses and/or interference that may cause issues in connectivity during your workout.

As a result, you may find it necessary to plan a route that allows you to complete an additional 1/10 of a mile at the end of your virtual race to ensure that your race results meet the required distance.

You also may find it helpful, and are encouraged, to take a screenshot or photo of your virtual event race results for record-keeping purposes.

Please follow the guidelines outlined by your local government regarding running outdoors to ensure you are keeping yourself and your community safe. Follow normal street lights and traffic regulations like any typical solo training run you do.  

For more information on runner safety and runner etiquette from the Road Runners Club of America, click here.

May I complete my virtual race on a treadmill?

Yes. Treadmills are allowed. 

Manage and record your virtual race results using your own app, watch, or timing device.

Results
Once you have completed your virtual race distance, record your finish time and return to the IMT Des Moines Marathon Virtual Event Experience registration page to submit your results online and to be included in the virtual race leaderboard. Click on the ‘Post Results’ tab next to the specific race distance you completed, log-in, and submit your results in an H:MM:SS format.

Virtual race results are uploaded in periodic batches during the window of participation to the official IMT Des Moines Marathon online race results page providing access to a finisher certificate for download. Prize money, overall awards, and age division awards are not offered.

How do I submit/upload my virtual race results?

There is no ‘course time limit’. Complete your IMT Des Moines Marathon virtual race distance in a continuous, single run or walk. Just as you would in-person, but on a date and time that works for you.

Create your course in advance to ensure you achieve the necessary mileage, then during the virtual race window of participation complete it on a date and time that works best for you. Manage and record your virtual race results using your own app, watch, or timing device.

Results
Once you have completed your virtual race distance, record your finish time and return to the IMT Des Moines Marathon Virtual Event Experience registration page to submit your results online and to be included in the virtual race leaderboard. Click on the ‘Post Results’ tab next to the specific race distance you completed, log-in, and submit your results in an H:MM:SS format.

Virtual race results are uploaded in periodic batches during the window of participation to the official IMT Des Moines Marathon online race results page providing access to a finisher certificate for download. Prize money, overall awards, and age division awards are not offered.

How do I download my finisher certificate?

Once you have completed your virtual race distance, record your finish time (however you want to) and return to the IMT Des Moines Marathon Virtual Event Experience registration page to submit your results online.
https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=134516

Click on the Post Results tab next to the specific race distance you registered for and completed, log-in, and submit your results in an H:MM:SS format.

Virtual race results are uploaded in periodic batches during the two-week window of participation to the official IMT Des Moines Marathon online race results page providing access to a finisher certificate for download. and to be included in the virtual race leaderboard. http://onlineraceresults.com/race/view_race.php?race_id=71744

 

When will I receive the virtual event items being shipped to me?

Athletes participating in the IMT Des Moines Marathon virtual event experience will receive the following items in the mail.

Short-sleeve technical IMT DMM Virtual Race shirt. (shipping included) (mailed from Leslie Jordan following the closing of the virtual event two-week window of participation on October 31)*

IMT DMM race wrap (buff) (shipping included) (mailed from Leslie Jordan following the closing of the virtual event two-week window of participation on October 31)*

Custom race specific finisher medal. (shipping included) (mailed from Leslie Jordan following the closing of the virtual event two-week window of participation on October 31)*

*mailed together.

Will prize money or awards be offered?

Overall placement, prize money, and age division awards are not offered in the IMT Des Moines Marathon Virtual Event race series.

However, your participation will count towards the Heel to Toe Club, the official IMT Des Moines Marathon loyalty rewards program.

Results (finish times), will not count towards Boston Marathon qualification times.

What charity does the virtual event support?

Proceeds from the IMT Des Moines Marathon races, including the virtual event will support Special Olympics Iowa. To learn more about Special Olympics Iowa and the additional charities that the race supports, click here.

CONTACT US

Drop us a line at info@desmoinesmarathon.com