Virtual Race

Unable to join us in-person this year?

Participate in the IMT Des Moines Marathon races from wherever you are… and on the date and time that works best for you!

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.

Registration for the October 16 & 17, 2021 IMT Des Moines Marathon Virtual Race will open soon. Please check back.

Complete the marathon, half marathon, 5-Mile, or 5K distance in a continuous single run/walk, just as you would in person. There is no ‘course time limit’ to participate. Walking is welcome!

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

Follow the actual IMT Des Moines Marathon racecourse routes, create your self-designed course, run/walk an existing route that you are familiar with, or run/walk on a treadmill. It is up to you.


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 participation window, complete your virtual race on a date and time that works best for you.

The IMT Des Moines Marathon encourages all virtual event participants to follow proper runner safety and etiquette and to consider a route that incorporates trails, bike lanes, or roads that do not attract heavy vehicle traffic.

Athletes participating in the IMT Des Moines Marathon Virtual Race receive:

  • SWAG ‘race in a box’ including finisher medal, short-sleeve tech shirt, and race wrap. (shipped directly to each participant following the completion of the virtual race participation window).
  • Confirmation email from Get Me Registered with virtual event bib for download and printing to wear during your run/walk.
  • Online Race Results page listing with personalized finisher certificate and race result features.
  • Free download of the IMT DMM app, for additional information, selfie overlay, virtual interactions, runner playlist, and much more. Click here.
    • 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

To review frequently asked questions related to the IMT Des Moines Marathon Virtual Race, click here.

Submit Results

Manage, record, and submit your own virtual race results through an app, watch, or another timing device. 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 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. Results (finish times), will not count towards Boston Marathon qualification times.

In-Person Transfers

Already registered for one of the 2021 IMT Des Moines Marathon races and can’t participate in-person? You can transfer your race entry into the same virtual race distance.

The ability to transfer your existing, in-person paid registration to the virtual event closes Monday, October 4, 2021. Transfer now.

5-Mile Combo

Double your virtual event race experience by combining the IMT Des Moines 5-Mile Virtual Race 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.

Athletes may complete two virtual race distances the same day or two consecutive days, or anytime during the virtual race weekend.

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.

Safety First

Please be aware of your surroundings, use running trails or sidewalks if possible, use crosswalks when crossing roads, and obey traffic laws as you are not participating on a closed course, and be sure to carry your ID with you in case of an emergency.

It is always sound advice to notify someone of the vicinity of when and where you plan to complete your virtual run, as well as when you start and finish. Even if it’s leaving a post-it note on the counter at home.

For additional tips on general runner safety and etiquette from the Road Runners Club of America, click here.

Also, follow guidance from government officials on social distancing and the CDC’s recommended steps to protecting yourself and others during a COVID-19 outbreak.