Always dreamed of running a marathon? Make it happen with Y Go the Distance, our marathon training program! Experienced runners will guide you across the finish line with weekly runs, training guides and a supportive community.
The Ankeny Family YMCA, Indianola YMCA, Walnut Creek Family YMCA, Waukee Family YMCA, Wellmark YMCA and YMCA Healthy Living Center will all host marathon training programs, but participation is open to everyone regardless of home branch and to non-members as well. Select branches will also be offering 5-mile and 5K training opportunities.
Training start dates
May 30: IMT Des Moines Marathon
July 11: IMT Des Moines Half Marathon
Aug. 8: Mercy Live Up Loop 5-Mile Run
Sept. 12: Principal 5K Road Race
$20 for Y members
$40 for non-members
Participation includes a $5 discount on any IMT Des Moines Marathon race and a 15 percent discount on a pair of running shoes from Fitness Sports.
Monthly meet-ups, which are free and open to the public, focus on the different distances offered by the IMT Des Moines Marathon. Each begins with a presentation on the featured distance followed by tips from local experts, a Q&A session and an open half-mile or 5-mile run/walk. Enjoy fun family activities and food trucks, too!
All meet-ups begin at 6 p.m. at the Principal Park parking lot:
June 2 - IMT Des Moines Marathon
July 12 - IMT Des Moines Half Marathon
Aug. 11 - Mercy Live Up Loop 5 Mile Run
Sept. 15 - Principal 5K Road Race
YMCA OF GREATER DES MOINES 501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309