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Des Moines Marathon

Des Moines, IA

Race Dates

2017: TBD
2016: Sunday, October 16, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 52°F (11°C)
Average High: 63°F (17°C)
Average Low: 42° F (5°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.50
Course Score: 98.50

Race Size

2016: No Results
2015: 1,394 Finishers
2014: 1,580 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: N/A
2015: 10.3%
2014: 9.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

**New course for 2016**

Marathon Rankings

The Des Moines Marathon was the 68th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 68th largest in 2014.

Last year 10.3% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 9.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2014.

This gives the Des Moines Marathon the 180th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 212th highest percentage in 2014.

Its Course Score of 98.50 ranks it as the 252nd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest course in Iowa.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Des Moines Marathon a PR Score of 98.50. This PR Score ranks it as the 200th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Iowa.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 988 feet (301m)
Min Elevation: 783 feet (238m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Des Moines Marathon

5 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2012 Des Moines Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Des Moines Marathon is big and small at the same time - just like the city itself. It is definitely a well organized event, and I enjoyed the atmosphere of the racers and the spectators. The start/finish area is one of my favorites for its level of organization and its size - plenty of room to walk it off or even sit and rest. Doing this marathon again in 2014 because it is my favorite.

Race Tips

There is a nice hill at mile 7, but the overall course is fairly flat. Expect nice temps at the start line. October in Iowa can be either cool or warm, so watch the forecast as race day approaches.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I've run different years, and I've always stated at the Mercy Campus Holiday Inn. It is close to downtown without being in it, which means lower $$ than the downtown hotels, plus a nice warm up walk to the start line.

Finish Time Equivalent

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