VIRTUAL RACE FAQs

What race distances are offered in the virtual race?

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

Complete a marathon, half marathon, 5-Mile, or 5K distance in a single continuous run.

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

How do I register for the virtual race?

Register for the race division you want to participate in, and during the question section, select the virtual race division category. But hurry, virtual race registration closes on September 20, 2021. Register now.

 

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

It’s simple. But do so before Monday, September 20, 2021.

Should you want to change your in-person race registration to the virtual race, contact the IMT Des Moines Marathon directly with your request at info@desmoinesmarathon.com.

When does registration for the virtual race close?

IMT Des Moines Maraton virtual race registration closes on September 20, 2021. Register now.

 

What do I receive for participating in the virtual race?

Athletes registered in the virtual race receive a “Race in a Box.”: Including;

  • Athlete apparel, finisher medal, and select athlete packet items.
    • Virtual race registration fees include shipping & handling charges.
    • “Race in a Box” is mailed following the completion of race weekend. Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.
  • A confirmation email from Get Me Registered Events with virtual race bib for download.
  • A confirmation email from Get Me Registered Events also includes a link to return to submit virtual race results for posting.
  • Online Race Results page listing with virtual race division results, personalized finisher certificate, and accessible virtual race result features.
  • Access to a digital image overlay and prize promotions courtesy of Wolfe Eye Clinic through the IMT DMM app. Click here.
  • Credit towards the final year of the IMT DMM Heel to Toe Club loyalty program
When will I receive the virtual race items being shipped to me?

Athletes participating in the IMT Des Moines Marathon virtual races will receive their virtual race items 1 to 2 weeks following the completion of the IMT Des Moines Marathon race weekend.

When do I participate in the virtual race?

Beginning Thursday, October 14 through Sunday, October 17, just as you would in person. There is no ‘course time limit’ to participate. Treadmills are allowed. Walking is welcome!

The IMT Des Moines Marathon invites you to participate with us virtually on Saturday, October 16, and Sunday, October 17, at 8 am CST. With the start of the in-person races. However, it is not required.

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

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

Using a tracking device such as Garmin or a similar device/app, track your virtual race distance and record the time once you complete it.

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. However, it is not required, nor do you need to submit it.

Where can I run or walk my virtual race?

You can participate in the IMT Des Moines Marathon virtual race from 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. 

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

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.

 

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

Double your virtual race experience by combining the 5-Mile 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 race of choice that you would like to participate in.

Or, if you are registered for one of the virtual race distances offered, go back to the event registration page and register for the virtual race you need to add. 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 race weekend window of participation. However, athletes may not participate in the 5-Mile Combo by combining a virtual race with an in-person race.

Each athlete receives the same in-person race finisher medal for each virtual race distance completed and a commemorative 5-Mile Combo finisher medal charm. Athletes will also receive the same virtual race amenities offered in the in-person races.

Double your virtual races. Double your hardware.

How do I download my virtual bib?

To access and download a copy of your IMT Des Moines Marathon virtual race bib, access your confirmation email that contains your virtual race bib link for download.

 

How do I submit/upload my virtual race results?

Manage your virtual race results through an app, watch, or another timing device. Once you have completed your virtual race distance, record your finish time, return to your confirmation email from Get Me Registered, and click on the link to submit your results. Results will be uploaded in batches online to be included in the virtual race leaderboard. Log into your account, and submit your results in an H:MM: SS time format.

Results (finish times) are used for online race results only. Prize money, overall awards, and age division awards are not offered. Virtual race results do not count towards Boston Marathon qualification times.

Click here.

How do I download my finisher certificate?

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. Click here.

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 races

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 race support?

Proceeds from the IMT Des Moines Marathon races, including the virtual race, will support Children’s Cancer Connection. To learn more about Children’s Cancer Connection and the additional charities that the race supports, click here.

CONTACT US

For more information about the Des Moines Marathon, including sponsorship opportunities, don't hesitate to contact Chris Burch at 515-288-2692 or via email at info@desmoinesmarathon.com.