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Travel & Parking

Directions to the Grand Blue Mile:

From the North

  • Traveling south on I-35 S, continue to I-235 W
  • Take exit 7 for Keo Way, keep right at fork for Keo Way
  • Turn right onto 9th St and continue to street, ramp or lot parking

From the South

  • Traveling north on I-35 N, take exit 72A for I-235 E
  • Take exit 7B toward Keo Way, turn right onto Keo Way
  • Turn right onto 9th St and continue to street, ramp or lot parking

From the East

  • Traveling west on I-80 W, take exit 137A for I-235 W
  • Take exit 7 for Keo Way, keep right at fork for Keo Way
  • Turn right onto 9th St and continue to street, ramp or lot parking

From the West

  • Traveling east on I-80 E, continue to I-235 E
  • Take exit 7B toward Keo Way, turn right onto Keo Way
  • Turn right onto 9th St and continue to street, ramp or lot parking

Parking

A variety of parking options are available in Downtown Des Moines, including streets, ramps and surface lots — all within close proximity to the Grand Blue Mile course. More information, including a comprehensive map of City of Des Moines parking spaces is available here.

Hotel

Des Moines Marriott
700 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309

Centrally located with contemporary style, the Des Moines Marriott serves as an official host hotel of the Drake Relays and is a short walk from the Grand Blue Mile start and finish lines and other recreational areas.