The 3rd Annual Des Moines Women's Half Marathon 5K + Team Relay

May 5th, 2019 8:00AM

Jasper Winery, Downtown Des Moines, Iowa


More than a race, The Des Moines Women's Half Marathon 5K + Team Relay is a celebration of strength; A stage for fierce and determined women to inspire a community. 




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Our 5k is the perfect event for women of all abilities and will highlight both the first and final finisher in the same empowering atmosphere. The course has no time limit and will feature DJ's and cheer squads to help make the miles slip by. The Route will stay primarily around the winery and Water Works Park. Our women's 5K event is the perfect excuse to get together with your girlfriends to break a sweat and toast a glass...not that you need an excuse. 

Our 5K race guide covers the race weekend essentials and will help to ensure a stress free event.

Half Marathon

The signature event of the weekend, our half marathon is packed with on course entertainment and strong women. Starting at Jasper Winery this course runs through the south side of downtown Des Moines entering via 'The Blue Bridge.' Athletes will pass The Principal Park outfield on their way to Gray's Lake Park. The final miles of your 13.1 will be spent in Water Works Park in the center of our entertainment before hitting an epic and memorable finish line. 

A comprehensive guide to race weekend tailored specifically to our half marathon athletes. 

Team Relay

Our 3-woman relay is a perfect excuse to get together with your girlfriends and work together to take down the challenge of a half marathon. Each team member will run 4-4.5 miles of our half marathon course before 'passing the baton' at our rowdy relay exchange zones. Relay teams will be given special parking near Jasper Winery to ensure they're able to finish together before raising a glass together at our post race party. Each team member receives half marathon swag. 

Everything you need to know for a smooth race day can be found in our Team Relay Athlete Guide. 



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Des Moines is like the Michael Phelps of US cities, ranking at the top of nearly every list. Our DSMWHM route will take you through the heart of it all. Located in the center of Downtown Des Moines, women will run the streets, parks and trails of the happiest place on earth.


Packet Pick Up

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

8:30am-3pm: Packet Pick Up

8:30am- 3pm: Shape® Shop Open

10am: Stretch out by PowerLife Yoga

Jasper Winery

2400 George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50321


Race Day

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

6:30am-7:30am: Race Day Packet Pick Up

8am: Half Marathon / Relay Start

8:10am: 5K Start

Japser Winery 

2400 George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50321


The Des Moines Women's Half Marathon is proud to partner with Girls On The Run of Central Iowa again in 2018.

A portion of each registration will go towards supporting transformational physical activity based, positive youth development programming for girls in third through eighth grade. We teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. Each season, the program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment, while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. 

You can support GOTR of Central Iowa during the registration process or by giving them some high fives during packet pick up, at aid stations on course, or as they celebrate with you at the finish line. 



Want to make your 2018 Women's Half Marathon even more memorable? Choose to run as a SoleMate and help 3rd to 8th grade girls in our community get hooked on running, healthy choices and a lifetime of finish lines. 

Registering to run as a SoleMate comes with a free entry to the 2017 Des Moines Women's Half Marathon, a 12-week membership to the Walnut Creek YMCA in Des Moines, a half marathon training plan, GOTR tech-tee and more. 


Looking for a great way to support our women's movement, but not ready to register? Sign up to volunteer at our event and not only will you be helping to create an unforgettable day, you'll also be helping our friend at Girls on the Run of Central Iowa!



Perfect for beginners or those looking to incorporate running into their daily schedules. 


Beginner Training Plan

Perfect for first timers, or those looking to make the finish line with a smile on their face.

Beginner plan extra notes can be found here. 

'Get Faster' Training Plan

Perfect for those looking to build some speed, or set a new PR this spring. The right amount of tough.

Intermediate training plan notes can be found here.

Do you have a group that meets to train for the Des Moines Women's Half?

If so, we'd love to know! Drop us a line here.

Jasper Winery

Jasper Winery, in downtown Des Moines, will again play host to our 2018 Women's Running Weekend. Whether it's shopping at the boutique Shape® shop or enjoying a flight of wine on Saturday, or kicking back and listening to the band perform after knocking out the race, athletes love the rural-contemporary feel that Jasper provides in the heart of the city. In addition to providing the perfect ambiance and backdrop for our event, Jasper also provides a free glass of wine to all finishers of the race. We can't think of anything better.

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