Monday, October 10, 2011

2011 IMT Des Moines Marathon - Race Preview



Race Details
  • Full Name - IMT Des Moines Marathon
  • Location - Des Moines, Iowa
  • Website - http://www.desmoinesmarathon.com
  • Distance - 26.2 miles
  • Surface - Road
  • Date - Sunday, October 16, 2011
  • Start Time - 8:00 am
  • Start Type - Mass
  • Other Races Offered - Half Marathon, 5-Person Marathon Relay, 5K
  • Total Participants (all races) - 8,000 (estimate)
  • Marathon Participants - 1,632 (2010 finishers)
  • Athlete Tracking - Available Here
  • Energy Drink - Gatorade Endurance Formula
  • Pace Teams - 3:05, 3:10, 3:15, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:55, 4:00 (I'm the 4 hour pace leader), 4:10, 4:25, 4:40, 4:55, 5:10, and 5:25
  • Course Map - Available Here
  • Course Elevation
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  • Aid Stations - Miles 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25.  Gu available at miles 14 and 20.
  • Weather Forecast
Race day forecast as of Monday, 10/10/11.
Click here for the latest Des Moines forecast
2010 Race Reports/Reviews

Stuff I Learned From Race Reports [and what I'm doing about it]
  • The hills from miles 2-8 are much steeper than they look on the elevation profile. [Since I am pacing, I will try to hold pace through these hills, which means pushing the uphills and resting on the downhills. I'm glad the hills are early in the race.]
  • Great post-race food. [Hopefully I'll have an appetite when I finish, which is usually not the case for a few hours after a marathon.]
  • Good variety of scenery throughout the course. [Relax and enjoy the views, chat it up with people in my pace group.]

Goal and Strategy
Even splits - 9:08 every mile

I'm excited to pace 4:00 for this race. It has received great reviews and the weather is looking pretty good. The plan is to run 9:08 every mile and finish at 3:59:18, entertaining the other 4:00 runners with some trivia along the way.

Look For Me
I'm the bearded guy carrying the 4:00 sign.  Say hello if you see me!

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