The IMT Des Moines Marathon is pleased to present you with the June edition of The Messenger.
The 11th annual IMT Des Moines Marathon is October 21, 2012.
Race day features the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon, Bankers Trust Marathon Relay and Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race.
Encourage your family and friends to race with you this year and join you in the excitement of race weekend. Let them know there is a fee increase on July 22, 2012. Be sure to remind them that even if they don't want to run a marathon, they can still train for the Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race or put together a 5 member team and participate in the Bankers Trust Marathon Relay.
The Messenger keeps you informed each month of the latest news and events related to the IMT Des Moines Marathon races and activities. If there is a feature or topic you would like to see addressed in a future issue, please be sure to Contact Us with suggestions.
IMT Des Moines Marathon website.
IMT Des Moines Marathon - 670
IMT Des Moines Half Marathon - 970
Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race - 341
Bankers Trust Marathon Relay - 7 teams
Average Age: 38
Gender: 60% female
States: 35 not including District of Columbia and Puerto Rico
Countries: 4 including United States, Brazil, Canada and Taiwan
Des Moines: 277
West Des Moines: 144
Urbandale: 86If you would like to have a confirmation message resent to you click here.
If you need to make any updates or changes to your race registration, please contact us
as soon as possible. Race divisions can be changed with no problem at this time.
Athlete Packet Pick Up
All registered athletes will complete the race registration process by attending the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 19, from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. or Saturday, October 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with extended packet pick to 8 p.m.
Make sure you don't leave the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo without your race number/bib, Sportag timing device, athlete packet and Zorrel race shirt. Athlete registration and/or athlete packet pick up is NOT offered on race day. Please note our new location at Hy-Vee Hall!
Hy-Vee Hall | 730 3rd Street | Des Moines, IA 50309
The IMT Des Moines Marathon is offering a long sleeve Zorrel technical shirt, with unisex and women's sizing available, in all race divisions this year. This 100% microfiber shirt has an athletic fit, is moisture wicking and provides odor protection and UV protection from the sun.
The Zorrel shirt that the IMT Des Moines Marathon has ordered will be offered in crew neck in both unisex and women's sizing only and not v-neck in women's sizing as previously stated.
In an attempt to make sure you order the correct size race shirt, visit the Athlete Shirt page that has been added to the IMT Des Moines Marathon website for unisex and women's sizing charts. You can confirm the shirt size you ordered by confirming your race registration. If you need to make any changes to your shirt size request, simply contact us with your name and new shirt size request.
To confirm your race registration and shirt size click here. Women's sizing will have a W in front of the size. For example a women's small will appear as WS as opposed to small appearing as S.
If you need to make any changes to your shirt size, please contact us as soon as possible.
RRCA Runner Friendly Community
The Road Runners Club of America has designated Des Moines, IA as a Runner Friendly Community. Des Moines has met criteria showing a strong relationship between the running community and local government fostering a healthy running environment for residents. Read more about this exciting announcement and designation in the official press release from the RRCA.
RRCA Championship Race
The IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon and Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race is proud to host the Road Runners Club of America 2012 State Championship in their respective race divisions. Overall, masters and grandmasters male and female winners will each receive a special gift from the RRCA.
Travel & Hotels
The IMT Des Moines Marathon has updated the travel & hotels page on the website. Now is the perfect time to begin making your hotel reservation for race weekend. Don't wait too long. The area hotels, especially downtown, will sell out before race weekend. The Renaissance Savery is our host hotel with the start/finish line taking place in essence in the hotel lobby. The Quality Inn & Suites is located directly across the street from the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo.
While on the topic of things that will sell out, be sure to buy your pasta dinner tickets in advance. The pasta dinner is an all you can eat salad and pasta dinner buffet that will feature Creigh Kelly, Chris Gillespie and Jeff Galloway. You won't want to miss this carbo-loading party with 500 of your friends at Hy-Vee Hall from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2012.
Purchase tickets now!
|The Iowa Clinic|
|Tips for First-Time Runners | Iowa Clinic - Des Moines|
|Marathon & Half Marathon|
The IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon start at 8 a.m. on Sunday, October 21, 2012. Both races start and finish at Nollen Plaza. You are encouraged to arrive at the start line area by 7:30 a.m. so you don't miss any important race day announcements.
Marathon Course Map Half Marathon Course Map
On the Course
GU Energy Gels will be available at Mile 14 and 20 on the Marathon Course and at Mile 7 on the Half Marathon course. GU Energy Gels will be available in Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Outrage, Tri Berry, Strawberry Banana and Mandarin Orange flavors. Scheels will have GU Energy Gels for sale at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo race weekend.
Endurance Formula Gatorade and Crystal Clear Water will be offered at each aid station along the course and new this year, the IMT Des Moines Marathon welcomes Whole Foods Market as a supporting sponsor, with fresh fruit stands at various locations on the course featuring bananas and oranges.
|5K Road Race|
The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race starts at 8:30 a.m. following the start of the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon on Sunday, October 21, 2012. 5K Road Race athletes are encouraged to arrive at Nollen Plaza in time to cheer on the start of the 8:00 a.m. races before lining up for the start of the Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race.
The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race will feature the 5K Road Race course that was introduced in 2010. The 5K Road Race course was altered last year due to Principal Riverwalk Bridge construction. The bridge has reopened this year and 5K Road Race athletes will once again run across the bridge in October.
The Bankers Trust Marathon Relay starts at 8 a.m. with the start of the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon on Sunday, October 21, 2012. Work Systems Rehab will once again host the team meet up prior to the start of the race.
The Marathon Relay team member running the first leg of the Bankers Trust Marathon Relay will line up at the start line. All other members of the team can cheer on the athletes at the start of the race before heading to Relay Transition 1 at Mile 4 on the IMT Des Moines Marathon course.
Marathon Relay Course Map
The IMT Des Moines Marathon and Bankers Trust are partnering to support United Way of Central Iowa's strategies to promote healthy lifestyle choices. United Way has a long-term goal to improve the health and increase healthy behaviors of all central Iowans.
The Bankers Trust Marathon Relay will consist of four race divisions with prize money being offered from 1st to 4th place in each race division. During online race registration, each team will be given three options to choose how their potential prize money will be allocated*:
1. A contribution to United Way of Central Iowa; supporting strategies in education, income and health.
2. A contribution to a United Way partner organization.
3. A contribution to any Iowa health and human services nonprofit eligible to receive United Way donor directed contributions.Read more!
Running Injury Free
Jeff Galloway is returning to Des Moines!
Jeff is a former Olympic runner and widely known throughout the world as a highly skilled runner, author of several well known running books, spokesperson for various races and a trainer/training consultant for over 250,000 runners who have and continue to participate in his various clinics and training programs.
Re-energize your running with Jeff Galloway. Get the tools to give you control over each aspect of running and individual information on setting goals.
* Extending Endurance - without much fatigue, aches & pains
* Getting Faster - often when running fewer days per week or fewer miles per week
* Staying Motivated - training yourself to stay on track, get out the door, better mental toughness
* Running Injury-Free - stopping injuries before you limp, reducing injury risk to almost zero
* Nutritional information - for your specific needs/problems
* Fatburning - without being hungry all the time
* Extended direct email access to Jeff afterward
All ages, speeds and levels of experience welcome! Format allows everyone to ask questions at any time so that each can get the individual information needed.
Jeff Galloway will be offering his coveted 3-hour running school at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2012. His running school is limited to the first 30 participants.
|Run For a Cause
For 2012, the IMT Des Moines Marathon is reaching out to the entire community in an effort to raise awareness and money for charity. This year we're making it easier than ever to let all of our athletes, volunteers and supporters get involved and help make a difference.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon is partnered with Crowdrise
to encourage the entire community to unite and fundraise for their favorite charities in 2012. Just imagine the impact the entire community can have when harnessed to give back in a fun and compelling way!
As a kickoff promotion, the IMT Des Moines Marathon is giving away an IMT Des Moines Marathon running cap to the first 10 people that activate a fundraising page and make a donation to their charity of choice through Crowdrise. Simply select the "Fundraise or this Event" or "Donate" button.Running Cap Giveaway Rules
Donate or raise at least $29 for any charity by July 1st, 2012 and you will be automatically signed up to win an iPad2 and a piece of candy, so launch your fundraiser today.
Shoes That Fit
Shoes That Fit provides new shoes to children in need so that they can attend school in comfort and with dignity.
The national Shoes That Fit organization accomplishes this objective by matching a sponsoring group with schools near them that have children in need. The sponsor determines how many children they can help and the school identifies and measures students with materials Shoes That Fit can provide. The sponsor purchases the exact items the children in need require and delivers the items to their school. Every penny spent goes directly to the child.
On Media/Mediacom is a local sponsor of Shoes That Fit and has provided shoes and clothing to more than 28,800 children since they started sponsoring the program in Central Iowa.
Your donation to the On Media/Mediacom - Shoes That Fit program will go directly towards fulfilling the need of children in the Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown and Ames Public School Districts.
Donate to Shoes That Fit now!
Fat Tire Fun Runs
Night Bike Ride Coming to Des Moines!
Join Orchard Place for the Moonlight Classic, Des Moines' hottest new summertime event on Saturday night, July 14th! Cruise the streets of downtown Des Moines and west side neighborhoods in the moonlight in this first major night bike ride in Des Moines!
The Moonlight Classic is modeled after wildly successful night rides in Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Omaha and other cities throughout the United States. The ride begins and ends at Principal Park and passes by the State Capitol, Terrace Hill, Roosevelt High School and Sherman Hill. With a non-competitive format, both casual and serious riders of all ages and skill levels will find the ride inviting. "Light Your Bike", "Best Helmet Lights" and "Best Costume" contests will be held with prizes awarded to all winners. Two 'Moon Landings' will provide refreshments and a rest stops along the 10-mile route. A live band, 'Infusion', will perform at an outdoor after-ride party at Mullets near Principal Park.
The Moonlight Classic promises to be a unique new fundraiser for Orchard Place and an exciting event for our community! Join us!
To register and for more information go to: www.moonlightclassicdsm.com.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon Running Club offers the official training program for the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon. If you want to get a leg up on your running/walking training program this year, now is a great time to join the Running Club.
In addition to the four month training program, which starts in June, and weekly long run group support complete with routes, water, Gatorade and GU energy gels, you'll receive weekly tips and personal guidance from the experts in the running field.
IMT Des Moines Marathon Running Club annual membership is open to individuals regardless of age or ability. Newcomers to the sport of running, jogging, or walking who are looking for an introduction to a running program are just as welcome as avid runners who have already completed a marathon or half marathon. If you have a desire to be active and meet others... this is for you!
Running Club Overview
For more information, visit the Running Club section of the IMT Des Moines Marathon website. You can find free training tips and resources, as well as running club meeting dates, information, and activities. If you are already registered for one of the IMT Des Moines Marathon races, ask about a $5 discount into the Running Club.
Sign Up Now!
The IMT Des Moines Marathon Running Club is presented by Wellmark.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon Running Club is a member of the Road Runners Club of America.
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Iowa's largest and fastest marathon offers a premier racing event that will validate YOUR commitment to training, challenge YOUR endurance and reward YOU with a life changing experience.
Thank you for racing with us,
Director of Racing and Events
IMT Des Moines Marathon
In 1884, the Iowa Mutual Tornado Insurance Company was formed to provide wind and tornado insurance to farmers. As the company grew and expanded into other states the name was changed to IMT Insurance Company.
With more than 125 years of proven performance, IMT provides many different forms of protection for home, auto and business.
IMT Insurance is proud to be the title sponsor of the
IMT Des Moines Marathon through 2014.