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Watch the IRONMAN in DSM This Weekend; Pre-Register for 2023


Athletes in Greater Des Moines (DSM) will swim, bike and run their way through the 2022 Certified Piedmontese Beef IRONMAN® North American Championship Des Moines on Sunday, June 12, beginning at 5 a.m. These inspirational triathletes of all ages and physical ability will not only compete in Iowa’s capital and surrounding cities but will have an opportunity to help showcase the region as a sports destination.

Where to Watch the IRONMAN Race

Catch Des Moines recently put together a blog post on places to view the race, based on whether you’re wanting to view the swim course, bike course or running course. Check out spots like Gray’s Lake Bridge (swim), The Chicken Orilla (bike) and the Courthouse at Court Avenue and the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Downtown DSM (run). You can find a course map here to help you find your way to spectator-friendly spots, or stream the North American Championship online.

Thanks to Catch Des Moines, you can also find plenty of places to explore while you’re here for the IRONMAN® North American Championship this weekend. Read this recent post to find out about some of the hot spots along the biking and running courses, as well as near the finish line so you can make the most out of your weekend in DSM.

IRONMAN into the Future

Last week, we announced a three-year extension for DSM to serve as the host venue for IRONMAN® branded events. Beginning with the IRONMAN 70.3 on Sunday, June 11, 2023, IRONMAN® events will take place annually through 2025. The 2023 event will see athletes swim at Gray’s Lake in Downtown DSM before biking across the region in rural areas of West Des Moines and Dallas and Madison Counties before heading back downtown to finish the race.

Pre-sale registration for the 2023 event is now open. Sign up to secure your spot! Your registration includes a finisher medal and hat, event shirt, bag, on-course nutrition, post-race food and more. Relay entries are $425, but the pre-sale price is just $325.

Wondering if you’ve got what it takes to take part in the next IRONMAN® event? Find a coach to help with biking, swimming, running, sports psychology or strength and conditioning that’s located in DSM here. And if you’re looking for new equipment to help you prepare for next year’s event, check out local bike shops and fitness stores, including Fleet Feet Des Moines and Fitness Sports.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership calendar of events is a one-stop resource for activities taking place throughout the region. Find networking information for Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses or events specific to Downtown DSM.

Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 400 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.