VIRTUAL RACE

Join us on race day… from virtually from anywhere in the world!

The IMT DMM 26.2 & 13.1 Virtual Race offers the ability to participate in the IMT Des Moines Marathon on race day, or following the race, from virtually any location, anywhere in the world. Complete a marathon or half marathon distance in a continuous single run on race day or during the open event dates, just as you would in person. Register now.

There is no ‘course time limit’ to participate. You will receive your IMT Des Moines Marathon Virtual Race race number/bib in the mail prior to race weekend. Then, your ‘race-in-a-box’, which includes an official IMT Des Moines Marathon or Half Marathon track jacket, athlete goodies and finisher medal will be shipped to you race weekend.

Create a self-designed course or run an existing route on a road or paved trail. Then, based on your local time zone, line up at 8 am on race day, race and compete with virtual athletes from around the world.

NEW THIS YEAR Can’t join us in person on race day or on race day itself? Now you have the option to either run virtually on race day or following the race and still receive credit for your virtual race participation. Already registered for the marathon or half marathon and unable to join us in Des Moines on race day due to unforeseen circumstances? Now you can transfer your race registration to the Virtual Race and participate in the IMT Des Moines Marathon 26.2 & 13.1 Virtual Race as a deferral option.

To Participate

First, register for the IMT Des Moines Marathon 26.2 & 13.1 Virtual Race. Register now.

Then, download the Strava app (click here), and join the IMT Des Moines Marathon 26.2 & 13.1 Virtual Race club event.

Upload your run in order to record your results and to be included in the virtual race leader board. You will not show up on the club event leader board unless you complete 13.1 miles (21.1 km) or 26.2 miles (42.2 km).

To ensure you meet the club event goal, we recommend you run a small amount over 13.1 miles during your activity (about .5km / .3mi). This will give you a buffer in the event your activity distance is shortened after upload to Strava due to the cleanup of GPS irregularities. You can learn about how distance is calculated for our app by reading this Knowledge Base Article.

Use the IMT DMM app or any GPS, Bluetooth device or running app to track your results if you are unable to access the Strava club event.  You can even take a photo of your device, if it can display the date of your virtual race participation. It is also suggested that you email your finish time to [email protected]

Results

Athletes who complete the IMT Des Moines Marathon 26.2 & 13.1 Virtual Race will receive a Strava digital finishers badge in their Trophy Case. Results must be uploaded no later than 48 hours following the completion of the race.

Athletes participating in the IMT Des Moines Marathon 26.2 & 13.1 Virtual Race receive an IMT Des Moines Marathon race-in-a-box shipped directly to them featuring an official IMT Des Moines Marathon or Half Marathon track jacket, race number/bib and finisher medal.

Be sure to download the IMT DMM app to stay connected during your training and on race day.