The IMT Des Moines Marathon is coming once again on Sunday, October 17.

 This year, more than 5,000 athletes are anticipated in Des Moines throughout the race weekend.  It is part of the overall mission of the IMT Des Moines Marathon to be sensitive to the impact that closing 26.2 miles of city streets has on the community, especially those along the route.



The Marathon course starts in the Court Avenue District at 8 am. The course will take athletes through the Western Gateway Park area before heading west on Grand Avenue.  The next portion of the course will impact neighborhood communities along the Grand Avenue, Polk Boulevard, Kingman Boulevard, and Drake University corridors from various times 8:00 am to 11:30 am. Please allow for extra time or alternate routes during your travels.

More Information

Visit the IMT Des Moines Marathon website and click on Spectators to view road closures and suggested traffic routes to avoid possible delays. A course map and turn by turn course description can also be found at Course Maps


Get Involved 

There are many opportunities for your neighborhood, groups, or individuals within your community to show their support for the athletes by volunteering as a course marshal, assisting with a water station, or providing entertainment along the route in your area.  


Race Morning 

We are working with the City of Des Moines and the Des Moines Police Department to minimize disruption in traffic flow on the morning of the race; however, residents in your neighborhood may find their street or driveway to be either temporarily blocked or difficult to get in our out of on race morning.

It may be helpful to alert residents of possible delays on October 20 and provide alternate routes to enter/exit the neighborhood on race day. If you would like assistance identifying a suggested travel route, we are available to address concerns or answer any questions.




Contacting the IMT DM Marathon

Please get in touch with the IMT Des Moines Marathon to discuss any concerns and get answers to any questions you may have about the Marathon course and how it may impact traffic flow and reroutes in your area. We can also discuss ideas for your involvement with the race.  


Contact Chris Burch, Race Director, at 288-2692 or