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In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, the New York City ING marathon was initially still on then, with just 36 hours to go, it was off. Some stranded runners completed informal miles in the name of fundraising while others gave back by volunteering their time and having to pace a five-minute mile.
Regardless if registered marathoners ran, volunteered, or never made it to NYC, the folks behind the Rock N' Roll Las Vegas Marathon are giving those runners an opportunity to put their training to use. In a good
PR will offer, Rock N' Roll organizers of the December 2 race are offering NYC marathoners a 20% discount toward their Vegas registration. And, they'll donate that 20% to Hurricane Sandy Relief. See? It is a gesture of goodwill, after all.
It's time to start thinking about whether you want to rock 'n roll down The Strip at night. Either, for the first time or all over again.
Public registration for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon that will send waves of runners down Las Vegas Boulevard on the evening of December 2 will open a week from today on Friday, June 1. That's if some runners can move past what happened last year (and, from Facebook comments, it looks like some can't). That's also if people can take a $150 registration fee* in stride (and that's cheap considering it shoots up to $185 the longer you wait).
McCarran Airport's brand spanking new Terminal 3 will finally see it's first flight touchdown (or perhaps takeoff - we haven't spied the exact flight plans) on June 27. Years in the making, how does a $3 billion improvement project celebrate its grand opening? By spending $600,000 on four parties, two of which are open to the public.
The first event is a fun run 5K set for Saturday, June 2. A run to celebrate the coming of more aircrafts, you ask? Runners and walkers will actually be tearing up the new Terminal 3 roadways. Lacing up your shoes yet? We're guessing that means access roads rather than the runways (sniff). But, considering every kid has extended and tilted their arms left to right while flying over
mom's China at least once, the opportunity to breakout our best 757 impression at an actual airport is cool enough. Details are thinner than your average reality star right now, but we'll keep our shades pulled... err.. eyes peeled for you.
Update: Running shoes will hit the runway at 7am. Online registration for THREE options is open through May 30 at noon. A 1 mile Fun Run is $20, a 5K and 10K are $30.
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It's cowboy hats, NASCAR jackets and spandex this weekend in Vegas. The National Finals Rodeo is in town for ten straight days while Wynn has turned into NASCAR central for the Sprint Cup Series Awards. And, if that's not enough, there's a little nighttime marathon rockin' and rollin' down The Strip, too. So, if that check-in line seems to last forever, it may be because some 100,000 people are waiting alongside you. Though, thankfully, not at the same hotel.
It's too late to register for Sunday's Rock n' Roll Marathon, but you can line The Strip to cheer on runners starting at 4 p.m. for the full marathon and 5:30 p.m. for the half. Check out the course map here. You're also out of luck for the Sprint Cup Awards, but you can have the next best thing by catching it on SPEED beginning at 9 p.m. EST tomorrow, Friday, December 2.
The good news is that if you're hankering to get your cowboy on, you'll be able to do it all over The Strip this weekend (and beyond). Here's just some of the many ways to grab the bull by the horns:
Consider this a public service announcement for anyone planning to be in Las Vegas the weekend of December 3 and 4. Don't try to drive the Strip or use the wrong crosswalk without looking both ways else risk getting crushed by over 25,000 runners, walkers, sprinters, and crawlers.
The annual Las Vegas marathon usually takes place in the wee hours of the morning while the usual Vegas visitor is still fast asleep or full of enough booze that thousands of numbered runners owning the Boulevard doesn't raise a
botoxed eyebrow. For the first time this year, the race starts at 4pm Sunday (5:30pm for the half marathon) meaning runners will not only get an eyeful of Vegas night lights but throngs of onlookers cheering to what will likely be varying degrees. In the past we've dodged drunken revelers who stumbled onto the course from Drai's at 6am, so we can only imagine what the bigger p.m. crowd will bring.
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Outside of putting money on the line, Las Vegas isn't generally thought of as a sports town, especially when stacked up against the likes of Boston, New York, Chicago, and L.A.. But pro sports teams do exist here and we even find out about a new one ourselves from time to time.
The Las Vegas Knights is one of 51 minor league pro arena soccer teams in the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL-Premier). While the team may be pro, their website doesn't quite complete the 'fessional with tons of info at the moment outside of identifying them as the 2010/2011 league champs. Hey, Vegas kicks balls. Trolling their Facebook page, they've just recently had a couple open tryouts so we'd expect another season to be around the corner at some point. Their home field is at the Las Vegas Sports Park if you'd like to get your kicks and stalk their pre-season. If you'd prefer to wait for the real deal, here's what's going on in other Vegas sports news:
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There's never a shortage of drinking, gambling, and sightseeing in Las Vegas. But did you know there's plenty of opportunities to get your run on as well? If you've ever been inspired by the early morning fleet of foot after emerging from a foggy all nighter, this list is for you. The most popular annual event is the Las Vegas Rock N' Roll Marathon that shuts down the Strip for thousands of runners, but here are a few options to run another side of Vegas. With most events offering transportation from the Strip there's one less excuse not to go running.
Red Rock Canyon Marathon & Half Marathon
· When: Saturday March 5, 2011
· Cost: $80 (Half) or $100 (Full)
This paved course takes runners on the scenic drive loop through beautiful Red Rock Canyon. A gradual uphill climb over the first six miles takes runners to the summit overlook area, 4,771 feet above sea level, before a descent toward the finish. We're all peaceful just thinking about this run. Hurry because online registration ends this Thursday.
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28,000 runners (and walkers) took over the Strip Sunday morning for the Zappos.com Rock N’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon, even more than last year’s inaugural event. While all RnR events gather excitement and a few costumed personalities, Vegas ups the number of running Elvi (200) and adds a run through wedding chapel.
Even the pre-race fitness expo takes on a different flavor here. Instead of being greeted by the usual MGD beer tent found in other cities (MGD 64, of course – it’s a fitness expo after all), Vegas had setup a full bar. Another unexpected sight was singer and host Mark McGrath, not as a marathoner, but handing out samples at the Snickers Marathon Energy Bar quicker than a pedophile on Halloween.
"Put your arms around me baby" seems to still work for Sugar Ray. And can you spot the the Coors Light? Awesome.
The only type of marathons we're accustomed to doing in Vegas are usually drinking related but come December, the Strip will be invaded with actual real deal marathoners. The inaugural Rock n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon on December 6, sponsored by Zappos.com, will let runners cruise down both lanes of Las Vegas Boulevard for the first time.
In unprecedented fashion, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas event will close Las Vegas Boulevard to all vehicular traffic and instead will rock with tens of thousands of runners in both the northbound and southbound lanes of the Strip. Half marathoners will enjoy the sites and sounds of the electrifying Las Vegas Boulevard for nearly the entire 13.1-mile course.
Running along the Strip will be a trip. Heck, just having the traffic shut down will be a sight to see.