Bright Lights, Big City
Runners, you’re invited to Strip at Night – the Las Vegas installment of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series taking place November 17. As a marathon and half-marathon event, it’s a little different, and that can be a very good thing. For one thing, it takes place in the one-and-only Las Vegas and for another, it’s a night race that starts at 4:30 p.m. – perfect for non-morning people who aren’t wild about queuing up for races before the sun comes up.
If you’re not ready to go 26.2 or 13.1, there’s also a ½ of a half race that’s 6.4 miles, but sign up quick because entries for that distance are limited to 2,500 runners. The course is flat and lined with music performances, cheering fans and the bright lights and festive atmosphere that only Vegas can offer. It’s about as much fun as you can have in your running shorts.
Registration is currently $165, but is slated to go up to $180 closer to the race. Now’s the time to book a Vegas vacation rental for a perfect place to chill pre-race and a home base for post-race recovery and then seeing the town. Plus if you bring your faithful fans (read, “family”) they’ll have a place to hang out too, in between riding the roller coaster at New York New York or pigging out at a buffet, while you prepare your favorite pre-race foods in your rental’s kitchen. Don’t worry – they’ll be time to eat, drink and indulge after you show ‘em what you’re made of on the course.
What to Expect
After a wave start based on your predicted total time, you’ll be racing with over 30,000 other runners in the cool night air. The course will take you past the iconic buildings of the Las Vegas Strip and the Freemont Street Experience. The finish line takes you into a secured re-fueling zone for participants only stocked with water and snacks. Once you leave the secured zone to reunite with your friends or family, you cannot re-enter the area.
Your registration includes admission to the 2-day pre-race expo and the Finish Line Festival and concert. Expect a lively atmosphere that will keep you up long past your bedtime.