It’s Marthon weekend in Las Vegas! The action kicks off today with Boston Marathon Champion Meb Keflezighi and former Mayor Oscar Goodman who will join race officials to kick off marathon weekend at the Las Vegas Convention Center with more than 35,000 runners participating. The Las Vegas Rock n Roll Marathon is the largest running festival in Nevada and for the first time it will include two days of races. Here is the who what where from the most recent media advisory from Competitor Group.
Live bands will line race course at each mile marker including some of our favorites, Count’s 77, (West side of LVB at Freemont St. Experience Entrance @ 5:30 PM) Sweet Home Alabama, A Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd (West side of LVB at Luxor Hotel @3:35 PM) and Open Arms. (West Side of LVB at Main St. & St. Louis Ave in Denny’s Lot @ 3:55PM) (View /download the Course Entertainment Schedule here)
Of course no event in Sin City, “the wedding capital of the world” would be complete without the opportunity to get married. Runners can get married or renew their vows in the run thru wedding chapel at the renovated Monte Carlo Plaza at mile 3 this year and only in Vegas will you see running Elvi.
Runners from around the world will descend upon the Las Vegas Strip for the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. Runners will span across all eight lanes of Las Vegas Boulevard on Sunday night, exclusively shutting down the Strip to all vehicular traffic. (See the Road closure grid below for complete details.)
For the first time in 2014, the Rock ‘n’ Roll 5k presented by SLS Las Vegas will take place on Saturday night, offering participants a full weekend of activities in addition to the marquee marathon and half-marathon. Runners from all 50 states and 60 countries, including Mario Lopez (Extra), Chromeo (Headlining Saturday night’s inaugural 5K), Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Headlining Sunday’s start line festival), actress Andrea Barber, actor Sean Astin, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and Boston Marathon Champion Meb Keflezghi, who will pace the 1:45 half-marathon group.
According to a study conducted by the San Diego State University Sports MBA program the Marathon will generate more than $165 million dollars in local economic impact filling more than 88 thousand rooms. The event benefits The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Of America and its Team Challenge will have hundreds of participants in Sin City from more than 30 chapters nationwide, all raising money for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis—more than $22 million raised since 2009.
Road Closures (Download Here)
Weekend Schedule of Events:
Friday November 14th, 11:30am – 7:00pm, & Saturday, November 15, 10:30am – 7:00pm
Health & Fitness Expo, Las Vegas Convention Center. Free and open to the public, over 100 exhibitors will offer free nutritional samples, showcase the latest in running gear, with a schedule of interactive clinics and more.
Saturday, November 15 6:00pm – Rock ‘n’ Roll 5k presented by SLS 2535 S Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109
The inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll 5k, which benefits Opportunity Village, has attracted 5,000 runners and will close one lane of the Strip.
Sunday, November 16 – RACE DAY
3:00 pm – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Concert: MGM Festival Lot (Las Vegas Blvd & Reno Ave)
4:30 pm – Marathon and half-marathon start Start Line: Las Vegas Blvd South at Dewey Road, across from the Mandalay Bay Parking lot.
3:30 pm – Zappos Half of the ½ start
4:30 pm – Marathon and half-marathon start
5:35 pm – First runners arrive at finish line Finish Line: Adjacent to The Mirage Volcano