Rather than chasing the athletes down from place to place, take a seat at one of these Greater Des Moines hot spots. From anywhere to parks and Des Best restaurants in the city, cheering on athletes has never been so fun.
Enjoy watching the athletes participate in the swim section of IRONMAN from the Coleman Bridge. This 425-foot-long bridge is connected directly to Gray’s Lake, allowing you to cheer on the competitors from above. This is one of the only IRONMAN courses where you can see the athletes swim under you. That’s way cooler than a glass bottom boat!
Enjoy one of the largest green spaces in Des Moines by packing a picnic and soaking up the sunshine! You’ll also be in the perfect location to see the athletes in transition, so double the fun!
Courthouse at Court Ave.
Do you want to see the satisfaction of the finish line? Head to the heart of Downtown Des Moines, right at the courthouse. Celebrate alongside the athletes as they celebrate their victorious race, and experience seeing the emotions of crossing the finish line!
Sculpture Park along Locust
As if the Sculpture Park isn’t cool enough, add in hundreds of athletes running through downtown with everyone cheering them on, and you’ve got the perfect backdrop. With plenty of room to spread your legs and snap a selfie, you can bask in the excitement at the most picture-escque spot on the course.
Court Avenue Brewing Company
Being that its namesake is literally the street that the runners will race along, this is a great place to see the action. With outdoor seating right out front as an option, enjoy some CABCo wings while sipping on a Weird Like Me lager as the runners coast by.
Johnny’s Hall of Fame
Known as Des Moines’ original sports bar, this is a first ballot option to watch the athletes race to the finish. Share a Sec Taylor Sampler (cheddar nuggets, onion rings, wings, and a quesadilla) and just pretend that those athletes are burning off those calories for you.
1908 Draught House
This cool, relaxed sports bar is a great place to cheer on the athletes. Whether you stop by for a taco pizza or just for drinks and an order of cheese curds, 1908 Draught House is one of the most appetizing options along the route. They also happen to have one of the best patios downtown. Score!