Thousands of Iowans pushed their bodies to the limit Sunday as the only thing separating them from the finish line was miles of open road.
“I think it’s a sense of accomplishment. It gives you some confidence knowing that you can run 13.1 miles or 26.2 miles. It gives you something to work for,” said Ashley McCoy, a runner who completed the half-marathon.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon brought a record of more than 8,400 runners to the metro.
Athletes of all skill levels could run or walk in marathons, half marathons, and 5K races.
It’s the latest race in Des Moines to see a record turn-out.
Two weeks ago, more than 30,000 participated in the 5K color run.
“If you go back 30 years, it was only your elite athletes participating. Now we have your elites on top of people saying maybe they’ll try it. The popularity is growing nationwide,” said Elizabeth Keest Sedrel, spokeswoman for the IMT Des Moines Marathon.
On the line were cash prizes for the fastest finishers. Everyone who completed their race received a medal.