Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon
Des Moines, IA USA
October 20, 2013

Des Moines Marathon Information

The Des Moines Marathon is run every year in Des Moines, Iowa. It is a USATF certified race and is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Qualification depends on a designated finishing time for the age group. There are four races on race day including the Marathon and Half Marathon, the Marathon Relay and the 5K Road Race.

The Marathon starts and ends at Nollen Plaza, 400 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa. The early miles of the race pass through the East Village and Court Avenue Districts while in downtown Des Moines. The fast runners line up in the front, and the slower runners are behind them. The walkers are at the back. The race number bib, Sportag timing device, race shirt and athlete packet is available the day before the race and not on race day.

The Des Moines Marathon is a well-organized event with many volunteers along the way at the numerous water stations offering water and gel. They also ride along on bikes, check that the runners are in good shape and give encouragement. When the course leaves the city, it passes through beautiful forest lined streets. The sidewalks are full of local people cheering everyone and giving encouragement.

There is signage with minute per mile pace signs that assist runners for selecting the place they start. As participants cross the finish line, volunteers from the Mercy Medical Center First Aid Station will meet them and give assistance. They will also help remove the Sportag timing device from the shoes.

Any osteopathic treatment needed will be provided by Des Moines University osteopathic students. They will give gentle manipulation and align the skeleton and tissues for a balanced state. This will help reduce the strain on the body after the race. A free massage and acupuncture are also available for those who finish the race.

Only event-registered wheelchairs are allowed on the course and no baby strollers, bicycles, inline or roller skates, scooters or dogs.

Des Moines offers a good selection of hotels very near the start/finish line and plenty of good food at the end of the race. Runners and family and friends can join in the post-race party.

There is no cap on the number of participants who can register for any of the races. Each runner who finishes the race will get a race shirt. It is a unisex style shirt and can be picked up in person after the race. It is a 100 per cent microfiber polyester shirt and has Dri-Balance Lifestyle Moisture Transport Technology. If women would like a women's shirt, it must be requested during the registration process.

All runners in the Marathon and Half Marathon as well as the Marathon Relay divisions who finish the race will be presented with a finisher medal at the finish line. The first 1,000 runners who finish in the 5K Road Race will receive a medal. The awards for age division and overall are announced on race day, and the prizes are mailed directly to the winners.