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General Information

Q. When is the 2018 Des Moines Women’s Half Marathon, 5K and Team Relay?

A. The gun goes off for the Half Marathon and the Team Relay at 8 a.m. The 5K will start immediately following the Half Marathon and Team Relay.

Q. Will there be a Des Moines Women's 5K this year?

A. Yes! Registration is now open.

Q. Can I get a refund or transfer my registration to a friend?

A. Unfortunately we do not offer refunds or transfers but if you’re unable to toe the line you can still collect your swag and free glass of wine.

Q. What is included with my race entry?

A. Your race entry includes the following:

- Connection to an incredible and healthy Girl Gang

- A special edition Shape® activewear quarter zip (half marathon/ relay. Shape Tee for 5k)

- A post-race celebration glass of Jasper Winery wine and food

- A special edition DSMWHM engraved wine glass

- A fully supported race course with hydration, fuel and entertainment

- Official race timing

Q. Is there a charity connected to the Des Moines Women’s Half Marathon, 5K and Team Relay?

A. Yes!  We’re proud to partner with the Girls on the Run of Greater Des Moines. 

Q. What is the Team Relay? 

A. Everything is more fun as a team.  We’ve split the half-marathon into 3 sections so that you and your closest friends can conquer 13.1 miles without having to run each step yourself.  Each relay exchange zone is approximately 4.25-4.5 miles apart. Athletes register as a team and then as members 1, 2 + 3.  The relay exchange zones have music, other team members to socialize with and each team goes home with the half marathon swag and 3 medals.

Q. Where do I find the Relay Team Athlete Guide?

A. The Relay Team Athlete Guide can be found here.

Q. Where do I find the Half Marathon Athlete Guide? 

A. The Half Marathon Athlete Guide can be found here.

Q. Where do I find the 5K Athlete Guide? 

A. The 5K Athlete Guide can be found here.

Q. Am I able to switch from the half marathon to the 5K? 

A. Of course! Just let us know using the contact page. Refunds are not given for changing races

Q. What if a relay member is unable to attend, can we replace them?

A. We do allow relay members to be replaced in the event that one is unable to attend. The new relay member must come to packet pick-up on Saturday, May 5th and fill out a new form. We will not charge for this change. Note: We cannot change the original shirt size for the new relay member as we are sold out.  

Q. Can men participate?

A. Absolutely! 

Q. Can I walk the DSMWHM?

A. Of Course! Our cut off time is 4:30 which roughly 20 minutes per mile. There are a number of women who choose to walk, so you'll be in good company! 

Q. Are there host hotels?

A. Yes! We have made arrangements for the hotels below: 

Holiday Inn Express Downtown: $129.00

Des Lux Hotel: $169.00

Q. What will the temperature in Des Moines be on May 6th?

A. The historic average for Des Moines, Iowa on May 6th is a high of 70 degrees and a low of 49 degrees.  But, this is Iowa so pack layers if you are traveling.

Q. Where is parking?

A. Parking is located at 1700 Gray’s Lake Drive, Des Moines.  It is a 10 minute walk from the start/finish line and will allow you to get in/out as the event takes place.  Please note that Fleur Drive north-bound traffic will be closed at 7:30 a.m.

Q. What streets will be impacted and what times?

A. The only road closures lasting more than 30 minutes will occur on East bound MLK drive from Fluer to SE 4th and George Flagg Parkway from Park Rd to SW 30th St.  

Q. Will the race take place rain or shine?

A. Pack your ponchos!  Rain or shine the event will happen.  If there is unsafe weather we will work with the Des Moines police to monitor the situation and keep you informed.  We most definitely want to ensure each athlete gets to experience the DSMWHM but we will make sure that the safety of the athletes, volunteers, staff and city officials is the number one priority.

Q. We'd like to host a training group at our running store, who can we contact?

A. We're looking to identify a running store or club in as many communities as possible to host trainings for women leading to race day. We will provide your store with extra incentives to help make athletes in your area who register aware of your training team. To participate reach out to

Q. Who is producing this event?

A. RipRoar Events is a Des Moines based event production company. We carefully choose events that are empowering and impactful on our community and strive to produce events at the absolute highest level. Other events we produce include: The Des Moines Turkey TrotGlow With The Flow Yoga and the RipRoar Youth Triathlon Series


 Q. Where do I pick up my race packet?

A. You can pick up your packet anytime between 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Jasper Winery (2400 George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50321) on Saturday, May 5th or from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m. on race morning.  We strongly encourage you to pick up your packet on Saturday so you won’t have to fight crowds and to enjoy less stress on race morning. 

Q. What do I bring with me to packet pick-up?

A. Bring your ID and your smiling face.  If you are picking up packets for people other than yourselves you’ll also need to bring the proxy form found here.

Q. Can I pick up packets for others?

A. Yes!  Just bring a copy of their ID and a signed proxy form from each person. Proxy Form can be found here


 Q. What type of support will be on the race course?

A. You will be running on either clearly marked closed roads or trails for the entirety of each distance.  The fuel stations will include fruit and other snacks. 

Aid stations are marked on the official course map.

Q. Do you have a recommendation for where spectators should go?

A. Of course! Find out all you need to know to be a great spectator in our Spectator Guide. Spectator Guides can be found here.

We encourage packings a lawn chair, blanket, ID, cash (if you have others with you that might be hungry and aren’t registered or you want an additional alcoholic drink), phone—because you will definitely want to Snapchat your friends that foolishly chose to stay home, and layers—it’s Iowa.

If you have additional questions you can ask at