Overall Rating
Overall Rating (296 Reviews)
4.6
(296 Ratings)(296 Reviews)
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The IMT Des Moines Marathon offers a race distance for athletes of all ages, ability, interest level… and goals. The Des Moines Marathon is a long-distance running race with an official distance of 42.195 kilometers or 26 miles and 385 yards. USATF Certificate: IA16014MF Enhance your race experience by participating … MORE
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    penguins014 FIRST-TIMER '19

    We enjoyed this race very much. It lives up to the hype. Great culture and running atmosphere with lots of fun entertainment and plenty of refueling stations. MORE

    We enjoyed this race very much. It lives up to the hype. Great culture and running atmosphere with lots of fun entertainment and plenty of refueling stations.

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    ashliebrede FIRST-TIMER '19

    Very happy with my Iowa choice! Large amount of runners. Perfect weather for October. Completely flat course!! Quality finishers jacket , medal, and blanket! More then enough food at the … MORE

    Very happy with my Iowa choice! Large amount of runners. Perfect weather for October. Completely flat course!! Quality finishers jacket , medal, and blanket! More then enough food at the huge buffet post run. Two drinks included and an awesome dj post party! Only wish the spectators along the course had show some enthusiasm! Over great race, very pleased. And very reasonably priced with early bird pricing.

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    rremus FIRST-TIMER '19

    Overall a great race. Much more enjoyable and better organized than my first marathon. Great course support. Course support bikers were absolutely amazing!! The only criticism I have is the … MORE

    Overall a great race. Much more enjoyable and better organized than my first marathon. Great course support. Course support bikers were absolutely amazing!! The only criticism I have is the fact that around mile 16.5 the trail split in 2 different directions and there wasn’t clear signage as to which direction to go. Luckily there were some people walking down the trail and informed us the mile marker for mile 17 was just up ahead from where they were coming from. I finished about an hour before the time limit, but there was minimal resources left at the end of the race such as food and etc.

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    benarant FIRST-TIMER '19

    You definitely need to run this race! Super fun, scenic, and relatively easy course! So much amazing food at the finish line with great festivities. Lots of people cheering along … MORE

    You definitely need to run this race! Super fun, scenic, and relatively easy course! So much amazing food at the finish line with great festivities. Lots of people cheering along the way and they even had live music throughout the course! So cool!

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    cadunley REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I absolutely loved the 5 mile part of this combo. Great course. Wonderful organization. The 5K as part of the 5 mile 5K combo might not be the best race … MORE

    I absolutely loved the 5 mile part of this combo. Great course. Wonderful organization. The 5K as part of the 5 mile 5K combo might not be the best race compared to your 5 mile course but it allows you to be downtown to watch the marathon runners. The set up for athletes when you are finished and the atmosphere downtown is fabulous. If you’re not a marathon runner, this is a great combo for you. Take it vantage of the fitness Expo they have set up for packet pick up. This is a must do race in my book.

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    cadunley FIRST-TIMER '19

    Do the combo! This year we decided to do the 5 mile on Saturday and the 5K on Sunday. I highly recommend this. The 5 mile was a great course. … MORE

    Do the combo! This year we decided to do the 5 mile on Saturday and the 5K on Sunday. I highly recommend this. The 5 mile was a great course. The section around Gray’s Lake was beautiful. Very organized. Make sure you take it vantage of everything there is to do at the sports Expo for packet pick up.

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    j5simpson30 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Plenty of aid stations. Wonderful fall scenery. If you take the hills near the start of the race early you should have plenty of energy to finish the race strong. … MORE

    Plenty of aid stations. Wonderful fall scenery. If you take the hills near the start of the race early you should have plenty of energy to finish the race strong. The hardest miles are probably 16 through 20 where the pack is thin and there is little tree cover in Water Works Park to block the sun, which is a challenge once the air heats up. Once you get through there the adrenaline will help carry you to the finish line.

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    emilyagentry FIRST-TIMER '19

    The Des Moines Marathon was such a great experience. I participated in the marathon relay. The course was great; it was well laid out with lots of community support and … MORE

    The Des Moines Marathon was such a great experience. I participated in the marathon relay. The course was great; it was well laid out with lots of community support and aid stations. There were not a ton of hills and the hills were not super big. Race communication was exceptional, and packet pick up and the day of festivities were excellent. This was a great experience – you can tell that the race has been around for a number of years, and I would highly recommend participating!

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    300Jewels FIRST-TIMER '19

    Amazing race! This was race #2 to complete the I-35 challenge! For smaller race, the expo was fantastic! Everything was perfect! Lots of aid stations, water stops, beautiful scenery. Did … MORE

    Amazing race! This was race #2 to complete the I-35 challenge! For smaller race, the expo was fantastic! Everything was perfect! Lots of aid stations, water stops, beautiful scenery. Did I mention that the medal was quite stunning! There were quite a bit more hills then I expected, but you had the whole city cheering you on.
    This is one race that I would repeat every year! Thank you Des Moine for your hospitality. I truly enjoyed everything about this race (except my performance. Lol)!

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    brownclown1 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Great course, the staff was wonderful very well organized,very scenic,it was my first time in Iowa running a marathon,it was well organized and easy to get in and out of … MORE

    Great course, the staff was wonderful very well organized,very scenic,it was my first time in Iowa running a marathon,it was well organized and easy to get in and out of city great people

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    dave.stock REPEAT RUNNER '19

    While most runners may think of Iowa as flat, this course is anything but! The first half is rolling hills, a few of them you wonder if you’re ever going … MORE

    While most runners may think of Iowa as flat, this course is anything but! The first half is rolling hills, a few of them you wonder if you’re ever going to make it up as they are long and difficult! Every year I think this could be the race to qualify for Boston, but I always forget that those first 13 miles or so with the Rollinghills will get me! The last half of the race is extremely beautiful and this race is highly organized, I wish most races were like this! I have run New York, Berlin, and Chicago, and this race fits right behind New York as one of the best marathons I have ever run in terms of race quality. If you are in the Midwest and you don’t attend this marathon, you are missing out. There are plenty of big cities within four hours, and I would put this marathon against any of them as one of the best.

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    drpepdrnkr REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This race has a great route that starts downtown, winds through waterworks park and gray's lake to a downtown finish. Plenty of water stations and course entertainment. Great value for … MORE

    This race has a great route that starts downtown, winds through waterworks park and gray’s lake to a downtown finish. Plenty of water stations and course entertainment. Great value for your money and always a fun time!

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    courtneyodell59 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Lots of aid stations, medical, and live music. Aid stations were about every mile after mile 6. Medical tents, bikers with medical on course galore. Lots of live music set … MORE

    Lots of aid stations, medical, and live music.
    Aid stations were about every mile after mile 6. Medical tents, bikers with medical on course galore.
    Lots of live music set up along the course.

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    dhenricksen FIRST-TIMER '19

    Race swag is awesome- this year we got really cool medals and a nice jacket along with some goodies in our race bags. Fan support was low to medium- in … MORE

    Race swag is awesome- this year we got really cool medals and a nice jacket along with some goodies in our race bags. Fan support was low to medium- in the downtown area there were lots of people but then the course swerved around a couple lakes and there were few people. The race was extremely well organized, started on time, and spectators/runners were very friendly! Only downside was the post race runners snacks/drinks created a long line of single file runners so I skipped that because it wasn’t moving fast.

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    This race starts downtown, really easy access from hotel to start line. You take off to suburbs miles 3-8 are in a historic neighborhood with beautiful homes - lots of … MORE

    This race starts downtown, really easy access from hotel to start line. You take off to suburbs miles 3-8 are in a historic neighborhood with beautiful homes – lots of significant hills in this area. Support was great, lots of bikes and support baskets offering gels, goo, biofeeeze, like anything it was really great to not have to stop at an aid station. Second half is really interesting – you run through Drake stadium one lap on the track. Then out on some nicely paved even trails. Less spectators during this section but worth the peace and quiet for the views and fall colors. Loop around a pond, over some really cool bridges (one wooden). Kept the race really interesting. Flat finish into downtown.

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    mcderm0327 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The IMT Des Moines Marathon was the first marathon I’ve ever ran in the experience could not have been better! From pre-race information, packet pickup, amenities the day of, support … MORE

    The IMT Des Moines Marathon was the first marathon I’ve ever ran in the experience could not have been better! From pre-race information, packet pickup, amenities the day of, support staff, beautiful route, post race party, EVERYTHING was done the right way! I plan to continue running at the IMT Des Moines marathon whether it be the half or the full year after year!

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    JustrunfasterDSM REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Race route is not too challenging, which will allow for some great times. And the route allows great space for spectators to cheer you on throughout. The race committee does … MORE

    Race route is not too challenging, which will allow for some great times. And the route allows great space for spectators to cheer you on throughout.
    The race committee does a fantastic job recruiting volunteers for the race, whether it be musicians playing along the route, water/Gatorade stations, or passing out tissues along the way.
    Post-race food is always something to look forward to.
    As is the medal. It always highlights something about Des Moines (the big green umbrella, shattering silence monument, etc.).
    Overall a great race and one I look forward to each year.

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    jamie.a.stanley FIRST-TIMER '19

    Great entertainment before, during and after the race. This was my first half marathon that I entered as a challenge from a buddy. I am glad I did it and … MORE

    Great entertainment before, during and after the race. This was my first half marathon that I entered as a challenge from a buddy. I am glad I did it and will do it again!

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    bekac86 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is a beautiful course with lots of support through out! The organizers fo an great job keeping you up to date on race info and change going weather. MORE

    This is a beautiful course with lots of support through out! The organizers fo an great job keeping you up to date on race info and change going weather.

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    kat.elle FIRST-TIMER '19

    The marathon takes you through different parts of Des Moines and some of those areas I had never personally visited. The first part of the marathon takes you through hilly … MORE

    The marathon takes you through different parts of Des Moines and some of those areas I had never personally visited. The first part of the marathon takes you through hilly residential area, but once you get through that it’s pretty “flat” from there. Plenty of water and aid stations along the route so it was not necessary to carry my own water. Gummy bears, twizzlers, GU gels, pretzels and more are provided at different points along the way. Volunteers were amazing and the support from other runners and the cheering sections were fantastic.

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