The mission of See - Us Run Des Moines  is to help teens who face adversity in their lives learn that they are capable, resourceful and resilient to respond to life challenges by providing them the opportunity to experience first - hand the benefits of goal - setting, character development, adult mentoring and improved health through committing to,  training for, and completing a half or full marathon.

Debuting  in 2010, See-Us Run Des Moines (SRDM) is a program that uses marathon training to help young people succeed in life. We do this by connecting students with adult mentors who help them imagine and accomplish goals beyond their dreams, including the completion of a marathon, a feat less than 1% of the population in the U.S. has achieved.


SRDM  is a school-centered, non-competitive program lasting about six months. It relies on a corps of caring and dedicated adult volunteers to train with the students forming a unique bond that brings many rewards to both parties. Students commit to train three times a week, and on the weekend they come together along with the adult volunteers for a longer run in area neighborhoods and on local trails. Along the way, students participate in races around the community of varying distances building toward the marathon, giving them experience with running events, keeping them engaged in the program, and giving them the opportunity to interact with others in a positive way.The progressive training schedule taking participating students from mile zero all the way through completion of the Des Moines Marathon in October 2013.


SRDM was piloted in 2010 at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines. At the commencement of the SRDM pilot at the Des Moines Marathon on October 17, 2010, eight students completed the full 26.2 mile marathon and five more completed the 13.1 mile half marathon. SRDM has continued successfully most recently with a team completing the 2014 Des Moines Marathon and Half Marathon. It has been based at Roosevelt, with enrollment open to individuals from other schools around the Des Moines Metro area. The specific target population for SRDM includes but is not limited to students identified as at-risk. Students can be referred to the program through the district’s SUCCESS counseling program and/or other staff based on the determining need factors. Students may also self-select to participate in the program.