The Des Moines Women’s Half Marathon (DSMWHM to our friends) isn’t your average running event. It’s like the hype session + living room dance party before a night out with friends but stretched over some of the most beautiful, and flat, miles in the midwest.
Reimagined for 2021 to bring back in-person running in a safe way, while retaining the energy and unique experience that has made this a destination event for thousands of women each year.
Get ready to crush some goals, toast some glasses, and party like it’s 2021.
Working along with partners in Polk County Public Health as well as city and state officials we’ve made a number of changes to our 2021 event to help facilitate the safest environment possible for hosting this run. Some of these measures + changes include:
Staggering race start times + limiting the total number of athletes “per wave” in order to limit crowd size at the start line to less than 250 people at once.
Moving the finish line + post-race party from Jasper Winery to the “Great Lawn” at the Lauridsen Amphitheatre inside Water Works Park to allow for more space (but same great energy + music).
Providing + requiring face coverings prior to and following the event when possible for the safety of fellow runners + spectators.
Increasing the number of days + hours for early packet pick up to allow for lower athlete numbers and more space
Creating “contactless” aid stations and post-race food to limit the interactions of athletes and volunteers.
Option at any time to switch registration from in-person to virtual and record your official race through a provided race tracking app.
If due to city or state requirements as a result of the pandemic, the run cannot happen in-person all registered athletes will be given the option to have their registration fee refunded, deferred to the following year, or have their items mailed to them in order to compete virtually. To find out more about our refund policy click here.