The 11th annual IMT Des Moines Marathon is Sunday, October 21, 2012.
Race day features the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon, Bankers Trust Marathon Relay and Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Visit the IMT Des Moines Marathon website for additional information.
IMT Des Moines Marathon - 1,166
IMT Des Moines Half Marathon - 2,168
Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race - 535
Bankers Trust Marathon Relay - 17 teams
Average Age: 38
Gender: 62% female
States: 36 not including District of Columbia and Puerto Rico
Countries: 4 including United States, Brazil, Canada and Taiwan
Des Moines: 527
West Des Moines: 297
Lincoln, NE: 85If you would like to have a confirmation message resent to you click here.
If you need to make any updates or changes to your current race registration or division contact us
as soon as possible.
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 100% microfiber shirt has an athletic fit, is moisture wicking and provides odor protection & UV protection from the sun.
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 when you confirm 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.
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 this year at Hy-Vee Hall located in the Iowa Events Center.
Hy-Vee Hall | 730 3rd Street | Des Moines, IA 50309
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. The area hotels, especially downtown, will sell out before race weekend. The Marriott Downtown serves a host hotel with the start/finish line taking place just 3 blocks away. The Quality Inn & Suites is located directly across the street from the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo.
The pasta dinner is an all you can eat salad and pasta dinner buffet complete with drink and dessert. Guest speakers include Creigh Kelley, Chris Gillespie from TEAM 413 and U.S. Olympian Jeff Galloway. You won't want to miss this carbo-loading party with 500 of your running friends at Hy-Vee Hall from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2012.
Purchase tickets now!
Virtual Race Bag
The IMT Des Moines Marathon has partnered with Virtual Race Bags to produce a 'virtual goodie bag' in an effort to 'go green' and provide additional benefits to you. As a participant of this year's event you will receive an email invitation to the Virtual Race Bag prior to the event giving you access to the bag.
In the race bag you will find an array of valuable information including our official event guide, exclusive offers, coupons, giveaways, and messages from our sponsors. But wait, there's more! Immediately after the event, the race bag updates to include race results. You will receive another email invitation to visit your results bag and also have a final opportunity to take advantage of the offers and goodies before the bag closes. So watch for the Virtual Race Bag and Get Your Green On!
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|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. Crystal Clear Bottled Water will be offered on the 5K Road Race course.
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!
Run to Eliminate Homelessness
Join the Y in the Des Moines Marathon and "run to eliminate homelessness." The dollars raised will go to our new Supportive Housing Campus, which provides housing and support services to 140 disadvantaged men and women who have been homeless or near homeless. We give them hope, dignity, and support. Sign up on the official YMCA Crowdrise fundraising page.
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
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.
Join the Children's Cancer Connection in honoring children and families from across Iowa in the 2nd annual Flapjack 5K/10K! This is the signature fundraising event for Children's Cancer Connection and helps spread awareness about the disease during the month of September - National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. September 16. Water Works Park in Des Moines.
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.
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.
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.