Des Moines Marathon
Tic Toc, fifteen minutes to launch. Time to find your place in the start corrals on Locust Street.
The Bike Iowa crew out on course ready to help the runners with any of their needs.
Just about a mile into race, and the elite runners have put a gap on the 8000 strong field.
Up Grand Avenue, into the fog
Decision time, turn left for the half marathon or keep straight ahead and you're full in for 26.5 miles.
Polk and Kingman Boulevard are always favorites for the spectators.
A chance to run on the legendary blue oval of Drake Stadium
Half way to the finish. It's best to find some companionship for the second half of the race.
Downtown in sight
The peaceful neighborhoods and scenery are behind you. The last seven miles will all play out on the wide boulevards and concrete streets of downtown Des Moines.
The 3:10 pace group is down to two runners as they pass the Iowa Capital.