This weekend brings the Des Moines Marathon to town and we wouldn't miss it for the world.
For many years our fair city had a marathon which gradually faded into the sunset. Now it's been resurrected and after just a few years enjoys a great reputation under strong leadership and new sponsorship. Combined with a half marathon and 5k, the marathon weekend will be host to 5,000+ runners, a great turnout for our size community.
Having a marathon in our hometown is very cool. There's excitement building around town, buzz in the media, and everybody seems to know someone running one of the races. Last year I volunteered and had the privilege of draping medals around the necks of finishers. That's no job for a volunteer —it's an inspiration!
Loungers we know are running include Kent,David,Nancy, and Teri. We know there are others, so please join us in shouting them out.
Amy and I are setting up a Runners' Lounge at the Des Moines Marathon Expo on Friday and Saturday. We're excited to meet old and new running friends. If you are running or spectatin' at the
event and will be at the Expo, please stop by and introduce yourself.
The Lounge will be your place to hang out and talk about your
upcoming race and give you a chance to connect with other runners.
Drop off some advice, pick up some last minute tips and share a laugh
As a sponsor, we will also be at the post race event. After you
cross the finish line--YEAHHH!--drop by and share your race report. We will be
collecting your advice about running the courses and swapping post race
do's and dont's.
Runners' Lounge will also be giving away "I AM A RUNNER" bracelets for a suggested $1 donation with proceeds benefiting the charities aligned to the Des Moines
Team in Training
American Cancer Society
Autism Society of Iowa
To all the runners and spectators involved in the Marathon, Marathon
Relay, Half Marathon, and 5K events —good luck and have fun!
If you would like to join us hosting and meeting others in the Lounge on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, drop us a note.