Overview

Connecting the miles… 

The IMT Des Moines Marathon announces a strategic partnership with Iowa Sister States to offer Fields of Strides, an online community connecting Iowans who have a passion for running with Iowa Sister State partner run clubs and organizations around the world. 

Virtual Race
The IMT DMM 26.2 & 13.1 Virtual Race offers the ability to participate in the IMT Des Moines Marathon on race day from virtually anywhere in the world by completing a marathon or half marathon distance in a continuous single run, just as you would in person. 

There is no ‘course time limit’ to participate. Your ‘race-in-a-box’ includes an official IMT Des Moines Marathon race shirt, bib and finisher medal.  Create a self-designed course or run an existing route on a road or paved trail. Then, based on your local time zone, line up, race and compete with virtual athletes from around the world.

Post your race result to the IMT Des Moines Marathon 26.2 & 13.1 Virtual Race Strava club event for virtual race event category results.

Fields of Strides
For an even greater race day experience, athletes from the state of Iowa who register for the IMT Des Moines Marathon or Half Marathon now have the opportunity to be paired with an athlete from an Iowa Sister State region across the globe. 

Complete with message boards, video webinars, blogs and additional social media platforms, the Fields of Strides “Host Pass” program features the IMT DMM 26.2 & 13.1 Virtual Race package plus access to member only interactive Q & A with industry experts, training tips and guidelines for establishing a running club in the community. 

It also provides an opportunity for collaboration on additional events throughout the year, such as Global Running Day, Run at Work Day and Strava event challenges.

Iowa Sister States
Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan (established in 1960). Yucatán, Mexico (1965). Hebei Province, China (1983). Terengganu, Malaysia (1987). Stavropol Krai, Russia (1988). Taiwan (1989). Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine (1996). Veneto Region, Italy (1997). Kosovo (2013)