July Bulletin

Thank you for subscribing to the IMT Des Moines Marathon bulletin or participating in one of the IMT Des Moines Marathon races in the past.
You are receiving the bulletin this month as a reminder that current summer pricing for in-person races expires this Sunday, July 26 at 11:59 pm.

Don't forget to visit the Training pages of the IMT Des Moines Marathon website for training guides and resources designed to get your training on track and to get you across the finish line.
COVID-19 Response

The IMT Des Moines Marathon continues to work closely with city and local public health officials involved in the planning of the IMT Des Moines Marathon race weekend.
Our collective priority is the health and safety of residents, participants, and all who come to Des Moines for this event, which continues to be a rapidly
evolving situation.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon is announcing today the addition of virtual race options for a variety of race distances and a two-week window of time to participate in them.
At the same time, we are continuing with plans for in-person events and races, with the exception of the Principal 5K Road Race, which has transitioned to the Principal 5K Virtual Race solely in 2020.
While the final decision for our in-person events is still dependent on the fluid public health situation we are all facing, we continue to work towards a plan based on policies and procedures designed specifically to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Here are some registration reminders as our plan for in-person racing continues so that you can feel comfortable about registering, training, AND participating in the IMT Des Moines Marathon:

  • Event registration for all in-person races remains open.
  • Summer pricing for all event categories expires this Sunday, July 26 at 11:59 p.m. CST. 
  • Virtual event options are now being offered with virtual event registration remaining open until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 4, 2020.
In the meantime, the IMT Des Moines Marathon contingency plan offers a variety of race weekend scenarios to ensure that the event will be held securely and within the guidelines set forth by the state of Iowa, Polk County, and the city of Des Moines.
  • Entry fees will not be refunded if in-person races take place or are modified to virtual events.

  • If in-person races do not take place, you have the option of deferring your registration to 2021. (fees may apply)
Again, the IMT Des Moines Marathon is planning for in-person race activities the weekend of October 16-18. 
Chris Burch
Race Director
IMT Des Moines Marathon
Virtual Event Now Open

The IMT Des Moines Marathon Virtual Event now offers you the ability to participate in any of our race distances from any location, anywhere in the world... including your neighborhood.

Complete a marathon, half marathon, 5-Mile, or 5K distance in a continuous single run during the open event dates, just as you would in person. There is no ‘course time limit’ to participate.

Walking is welcome and you can even put together a team to conquer the race distance of your choice. 

Follow the actual IMT Des Moines Marathon racecourse routes, create your self-designed course, or run an existing route that you are familiar with.

The IMT Des Moines Marathon Virtual Event takes place from October 14 through October 31, 2020.

To participate in the virtual event:

  • First, register for the IMT Des Moines Marathon Virtual Event race distance that you would like to participate in. Registration in all distances closes Sunday, October 4 at 11:59 pm.

  • Next, download the IMT Des Moines Marathon app, if you haven't already. The IMT DMM app and IMT DMM Virtual Event experience is available for free download through the iTunes and Google Play stores.

  • Then, prepare to complete your specific race distance at a date and time that works best for you beginning Friday, October 16 through Saturday, October 31, 2020.

For more information, and to register for the virtual event, click here .
Race Day

The IMT Des Moines Marathon has measured, and is in the process of USATF certification, for an update to our current half marathon course that will start by Principal Park on the MLK JR PKWY bridge and finish on Court Avenue.

We will be making the same course changes to the marathon course for USATF certification purposes, while planning to keep the course route as much the same as possible The marathon course map will be posted once available.

Our policy this year may include but is not limited to: assigned arrival times with rolling wave starts, self-serve water stations at fewer locations, encouraging you to carry your nutrition/supplements, limited spectator areas, an established clear zone at the finish line, and limited post-race festivities.

For more information and FAQ's as to what race day and the start line may look like, visit the COVID-19 Response page of the website. Click here .
BibRave 100
Your vote is needed... again! This year, BibRave is offering "A Decade in Review" highlighting the best races from 2010 to 2020. If you love the IMT DMM; our scenic course, great SWAG, and professional race organization be sure to nominate us so we can be back on The @BibRave 100 and share why you loved running with us and look forward to running with us again! #BibRave100 #BibChats. Click here .
IMT DMM Athlete Poll
CDC guidelines for large outdoor gatherings place event attendees into various tiers for access into the event.

These tiers are split up into three categories: (1) essential, (2) preferred, and (3) non-essential.

Tier 1 includes: athletes, coaches, officials, event staff, medical staff, security, and service vendors. At our event, this also includes volunteers.
Are you willing to participate in-person if the following non-essential groups are not allowed?
Yes, I will participate in-person if spectators are not allowed.
No, I will not participate in-person if spectators are not allowed.
Yes, I will participate in-person if vendors (merchandise) are not allowed.
No, I will not participate in-person if vendors (merchandise) are not allowed.
Yes, I will participate in-person if vendors (recovery zone) are not allowed.
No, I will not participate in-person if vendors (recovery zone) are not allowed.
Download the free IMT DMM 2020 mobile app today. In the updated app you can find all the information you need to know to get ready for race weekend including updates via social media, advocate blogs, our iHeart Radio podcast & playlists... and more.

You will be all set for race day, whether in-person or virtual event, with the app featuring LiveTracking and on-course audio messaging and cheers from your cheer-nation.

Click here to download the free app for Android or iPhone.  Click here .
IMT DMM Podcast
The July installment of Keeping Pace powered by the IMT Des Moines Marathon and iHeart Radio features a COVID-19 specific update from the race director, as well as community involvement from Catch Des Moines and training information from Des Moines University designed to keep you healthy and running injury-free.

You can also listen to past episodes of the highly popular podcast offered by iHeart Radio.  Click here .
Catch Des Moines
Something is refreshing about taking the time to explore nature. Thankfully, Greater Des Moines has just what you need to get a breath of fresh air! With so many hiking trails to choose from, you could spend all day in the great outdoors. For a list of ideas to get you out and exploring, click here . #CATCHdsm
Training Plans
Jeff Galloway, U.S. Olympian and America’s Running Coach, is with you every step of the way with his Run-Walk-Run® method designed specifically for IMT Des Moines Marathon athletes… to get you to the start line and through the finish line on race day.

Jeff's training programs not only have outstanding results, they decrease mental fatigue and physical burnout during training, and most importantly on race day.

To learn more about Jeff's program and to view additional training guides for distances from the Marathon and Half Marathon to the 5K, click here .
Keeping It Fresh
The warmer weather always inspires longer training sessions for our athletes, which means a greater need for proper energy and hydration support. Freshen up your fuel options with Gatorade Endurance's newly released lemon-ginger and strawberry Energy Gels with caffeine. 20g of carbs and 30mg of caffeine per gel helps provide an extra boost. If caffeine isn’t for you, @gatoradeendurance Energy Gels also comes in four non-caffeinated flavors - mango, vanilla, apple-pear, and blackberry. Try one or all of these fresh flavors to help you push harder and go further on your next run or ride. #GETrainingforLife. Click here .
MarathonFoto Vault
MarathonFoto just uploaded 200 Million Images that have been locked in a vault for the last 12 years and created a new feature where you can use your email address to search for images of your glory days. Just like window-shopping on Fifth Avenue or Rodeo Drive, this stroll down memory lane doesn’t cost anything to look. To add extra incentive to celebrate your past achievements, MarathonFoto is offering a 30% discount on any purchase, use code VAULT30 . Click here .
Now that you are up to date on the IMT Des Moines Marathon activities this month, invite your friends and family to join your race weekend in-person, or virtually, by encouraging them to include exercise in their lives.

It is a great time for them to start thinking about training plans that begin this summer to help guide them through their training to race day. A gentle reminder that there is a fee increase in all individual in-person races this Sunday, July 26 at 11:59 pm.
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