The IMT Des Moines Marathon has partnered with Iowa Sister States to offer Fields of Strides, an online running community designed to connect Iowans with their Iowa Sister State partners around the world.
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. Your ‘race-in-a-box’ includes an official IMT Des Moines Marathon race shirt, bib and finisher medal.
There is no ‘course time limit’ to participate. 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 DMM Strava Event Challenge Page 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 within their Iowa Sister State region.
“After being able to connect with another athlete from the other side of the world, we realize or training regimens are not that much different” said race director, Chris Burch, IMT Des Moines Marathon. “Nutrition, hydration, rest days, the information is not as different as one might think.”
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.