Virtual Race

Unable to join us in person this year?

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

Thursday, October 14 – Sunday, October 17

Virtual Race

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

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 engages towards a single continuous run.

Follow the actual IMT Des Moines Marathon racecourse routes, create your self-designed course, run/walk an existing route 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 race weekend that works for you.

Create your course in advance to ensure you achieve the necessary mileage, complete your virtual race on a date and time that works best for you during the participation window.

The IMT Des Moines Marathon encourages all virtual event participants to follow proper runner safety and etiquette and 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 must be explicitly registered for the virtual race to receive:

  • SWAG ‘race in a box’ including the same athlete apparel, finisher medal, and select athlete packet items as the in-person races.
    • Virtual race registration fees include shipping & handling charges.
    • Mailed directly to participants following race weekend. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.
  • Confirmation email from Get Me Registered Events with virtual race bib for download and printing to wear during your run/walk.
  • Online Race Results page listing with personalized finisher certificate and accessible virtual race result features.
  • Credit towards the IMT DMM Heel to Toe Club loyalty program.
  • Free download of the IMT DMM app for additional information, selfie overlay, virtual interactions, runner playlist, and much more. 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.

You should receive a confirmation email from Get Me Registered Events with a copy of your response. Keep this email until your virtual race results have been uploaded to the race results page.

Virtual Race results are then 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.

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.

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 in-person race entry to the virtual race.

The ability to transfer your existing in-person registration to the virtual race closes on Monday, September 20, 2021.

5-Mile Combo

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 virtual race division and your virtual race distance of choice that you would like to participate in.

If you have registered for one of the virtual race distances offered and need to add another virtual race, go back to the event registration page and register for the virtual race you want to participate in to complete the two-race series. You will automatically be included in the 5-Mile Combo.

Athletes may complete their two virtual race distances the same day, two consecutive days, or anytime during the virtual race weekend beginning Thursday, October 14 through Sunday, October 17. However, athletes may not combine an in-person race with a virtual race to qualify for the 5-Mile combo.

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

Double your virtual 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.

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