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As the only private event to shut down the famed Las Vegas Strip, this is a unique opportunity for marathoners of all backgrounds. With the race starting just as the sun is setting, the city comes to life with lights shining like you’ve never seen before. Even when the course … MORE
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    sdrunnin FIRST-TIMER '10

    Race date 12/01/2010 This race was the last time it was run in daylight and Cher sung the national anthem! I was suffering from a knee injury and hadn't ran … MORE

    Race date 12/01/2010

    This race was the last time it was run in daylight and Cher sung the national anthem!
    I was suffering from a knee injury and hadn’t ran in 3 months prior to this event. I participated because I had already registered, booked flight, hotel and rental car.
    Bad decision on my part as had to wait 16 months before running my next half.
    Overall, the race production was fine. Running the strip was an experience, even in the early morning hours. Scenery was nice except some areas down in the older parts of Vegas were a bit run-down and dirty. Kinda sketchy…
    Although one of my slowest races due to my previously stated knee issue, the course was flat and I’m sure it’s fast.
    Gu was provided as well as fire hydrant water. The medal was classic RNR, thick and heavy with a dash of glitter.
    Would love to return and run it during the night one of these years.

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    OFLJ FIRST-TIMER '16

    Huge crowds to navigate, but tons of spectator support, well-stocked aid stations, and the chance to run the Vegas Strip at night! Swag is top notch - unique medals and … MORE

    Huge crowds to navigate, but tons of spectator support, well-stocked aid stations, and the chance to run the Vegas Strip at night! Swag is top notch – unique medals and t-shirts. Overall good time.

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    eshaemonroy FIRST-TIMER '16

    Great race, spectators smoking who knows what, and the streets were sticky and slippery in places. But the race was memorable for sure! Enough that I went and ran the … MORE

    Great race, spectators smoking who knows what, and the streets were sticky and slippery in places. But the race was memorable for sure! Enough that I went and ran the 10k the next year!

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    edwardsaiz88 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    They moved the runner check in spot behind the Planet Hollywood/Paris LV, which I thought made it much better - a lot more room to warm up and easy to … MORE

    They moved the runner check in spot behind the Planet Hollywood/Paris LV, which I thought made it much better – a lot more room to warm up and easy to find the bag check. Probably one of the flattest half marathon race in the country, the course basically takes you up and down the stripe for the half. You start on a very gradual uphill (and I mean very gradual), then make a turn downhill until downtown las vegas, then up the gentle slope. I really only felt the slight uphill in the last two miles while I was fatigued.
    The course itself is awesome; just to be able to experience Las Vegas without the cars is amazing. If you’re not staying on the strip, I’d recommend park off a Monorail station (Convention center, Westgate) and take the monorail to the start. I found it much easier than trying to snag a parking garage spot and dealing with traffic.
    Post race aide I always thought to be very well done my R&R, including chocolate milk, fruit, tons of snacks, Gatorade, and a beer.

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    edmoyactor FIRST-TIMER '18

    Fast and Flat. Most of the race is on the famous Las Vegas Strip. Albeit starting from the downtown area near the Stratosphere looping around to the Mirage for the … MORE

    Fast and Flat. Most of the race is on the famous Las Vegas Strip. Albeit starting from the downtown area near the Stratosphere looping around to the Mirage for the finish. I think the marathon itself would’ve been much more fun as you get to run along the more parts of the Vegas Strip where more spectators and bands were setup along the route. For the 10K, we were mostly in the drab downtown area with only one band that I remember seeing or hearing and fewer spectators.

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    ivy1238 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Race was on 11/17/18. LOTS of people. Fortunate to stayed at the Elara which was next to where the half and full marathoners started, so I didn't have to deal … MORE

    Race was on 11/17/18. LOTS of people. Fortunate to stayed at the Elara which was next to where the half and full marathoners started, so I didn’t have to deal with the chaos of walking long distance or getting on tram. (I’d highly recommend trying to stay near or on Harmon). Given the race is late afternoon, the benefit is that it’s too dark to see the long stretch that you have to run on that can be defeating if you saw it in the day time. There was alot of zig zagging because of the amount of runners which did add to my mileage. The first 9 miles were a slow down hill, which was awesome, but last 4 meant coming back up, although still relatively flat. I think it’s a good course to try to PR in (although many may disagree).

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    ivy1238 Feb 12, 2019 at 6:42pm

    **Correction, Race was on 11/11/18

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    davethe10r FIRST-TIMER '18

    Running the strip was great. Running in circles around a parking lot ... not so much. The sections of the course that were great were truly amazing. But the parts … MORE

    Running the strip was great. Running in circles around a parking lot … not so much. The sections of the course that were great were truly amazing. But the parts where they diverted us out into the hinterlands to run around in circles were the very epitome of meh. I’ll almost always choose the full over the half if there’s a choice, but in this case, all the best parts were during the half course and the worst parts were only in the full. Might need to rethink my strategy on this one.

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 19, 2019 at 8:50pm

    Sounds like quite the Jekyll and Hyde course, which probably explains its mixed reviews here. And yes, it sounds like the half may be the star of the show in Vegas — nothing wrong with the occasional 13.1-miler to give the legs a break 😊. Thanks for sharing your experience, Dave!

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    shawa2007 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Here's an opportunity to run down the famous Strip of Las Vegas. With rolling wave starts, the race pack opened up quickly and early which was very surprising for a … MORE

    Here’s an opportunity to run down the famous Strip of Las Vegas. With rolling wave starts, the race pack opened up quickly and early which was very surprising for a race of this size.

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    Baroquen131 FIRST-TIMER '18

    While I've avoided Rock 'n' Roll Marathons thus far, I needed to cross off Nevada and was looking forward to a trip to Vegas. Overall, the race was fine. Expo: … MORE

    While I’ve avoided Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathons thus far, I needed to cross off Nevada and was looking forward to a trip to Vegas. Overall, the race was fine.
    Expo: Was crowded at the convention center, but it was decently organized and had a large number of vendors. While merchandise options online were slim, there was a good selection onsite.
    Starting “village”: This was kind of a mess. The Start/Finish lines were obviously convenient to the strip resorts, so that was good. But security was ‘hit or miss’ at the entry points, and from the parking lot to the corrals. There also seemed to be a good deal of confusion on the part of some runners about where they needed to be. Communication could have been better at spots.
    I felt the starting corrals were fine. The weather was wonderful. Running on the strip was an experience. I do agree that port-a-pots were scarce, though I found a bank of them with little lines, after a couple miles. But this could definitely be improved. Water/”ade” stations were fine. The full course did take you through some dark run-down parts of town, and there were several locations with unusual switchbacks in parking lots and festival grounds. (I hadn’t seen that in many of my other races so it didn’t bother me that much). The course was very flat. Yay! There was a lot of music along the route, so that was cool. And there were lots of spectators along the strip.
    Finish chute: This was pretty standard. I was in a hurry, as my wife and I had late dinner reservations, so I was hobbling through. But food offerings seemed typical. Heat sheets, IIRC. No problems there.
    Swag: The shirt was fine, and I love the medal. It was metal cards (a 2, 6, and 2) that fan out over the logo. One of my favorites!
    Overall: I don’t regret choosing to run it. While the event did have some shortcomings, I still enjoyed the race and running on the Vegas strip at night is an unforgettable experience!

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    Artsy87 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This race is massive. I’ve done this race before when it was a day race. I do think the night option is far more interesting. But having said that, having … MORE

    This race is massive. I’ve done this race before when it was a day race. I do think the night option is far more interesting. But having said that, having an early flight the next morning wasn’t ideal. Did find that constantly being run into on the course was not enjoyable.

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    bjfuller2000 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This officially my new favorite race. The atmosphere was amazing and seeing the Vegas Strip at night will running was indescribable. It is a race that I plan to run … MORE

    This officially my new favorite race. The atmosphere was amazing and seeing the Vegas Strip at night will running was indescribable. It is a race that I plan to run again in the future, this time finishing the Marathon portion.

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    demann2k Feb 09, 2019 at 4:59pm

    Avoid the Marathon. The half is fun. I give the Half a 5 but the full a 2. Until they correct the Full route to run less in the warehouse district and the fairgrounds I would stick to the Half.

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    l_braxton99 FIRST-TIMER '18

    What's the best or most unique aspect of this race? It's Vegas! The most unique aspect of this particular race is the fact that the entire Vegas Strip is closed … MORE

    What’s the best or most unique aspect of this race?

    It’s Vegas! The most unique aspect of this particular race is the fact that the entire Vegas Strip is closed down only for the runners, volunteers, entertainment, supporters and security. To run the streets where the buildings we see on TV and in the movies are lit up at night, welcoming the runners is a sight to behold.

    How would you improve the race?

    I traveled from Cincinnati, Ohio for this event. This was my “3” half marathon. On top of that.. I set a personal record by almost 20 minutes. As exciting as that is for me, here are my “2 cents” for improvement: 1) CORRAL ORGANIZATION: Standing in that human, mass of bodies going absolutely nowhere was producing major anxiety. I must have been standing in the Yellow section for about an hour and some change before I actually began running. My feet were getting sore and I was worried that I would have a hard time finishing 13.1 miles.There has to be a better solution to keep the crowd moving at a much better pace.

    2) PACE RUNNERS: I personally didn’t see any pace runners during the half. Maybe this is only to be a pure entertainment run or something. I would have liked to have seen pace runners just so that I could get a better gauge on how I am doing while running the course.

    3) COURSE CLOCKS: What’s a Marathon/Half Marathon run WITHOUT clocks at the start, throughout the course and at the finish line to get an idea of your times? I found that very odd! I would HIGHLY recommend incorporating this in the near future. This is Vegas. I was expecting a whole lot more.

    4) PORTA POTTIES: No need to go into this because the disappoint has been mentioned from others. This is highly unacceptable. We had a plentiful amount at the staging area and at the finish line, but it was a joke throughout the course. To see people running into stores, restaurants, gas stations, behind buildings and in parking lots is not cool. You have to do better.

    5) COURSE CONDITIONS: There was a lot of bad pavement throughout the course. There has to be a better way for the organizers to help identify those areas for the runners. After all, we are running at night and it’s hard to see. Maybe set some flares or set up some type of hazard signage for us runners.

    6) MILE MARKERS: Again… this is Vegas! Bring out the “Bling” and the lights for the mile markers. I didn’t see my first mile marker until mile 8? The majority of them were dark, bland and pretty much set up as an after thought.

    7) COURSE SECURITY: My run going North of the Stratosphere, to Freemont and back down to the finish was fine. However, It wouldn’t hurt to have a stronger security presence North of the Stratosphere. It felt a little empty and vulnerable in certain areas, especially the darker locations without many lights.

    8) THE FINISH LINE: Logistically speaking, it may be a challenge to do, but for those who checked in their runners bag…. That 60-100 yard walk to the trucks AFTER running 13.1 miles was torture. In addition to that, I’m one of the runners who didn’t get the Bennie that was “supposed” to be handed out after we crossed the finish line.

    Would you recommend this race to friends?

    Until some major improvements are made to enhance and cater to the intermediate/experienced “runner” experience, I dont believe I will run this event again. I wouldn’t recommend this race to my runner friends who are focused on their times and performance. As far as my novice friends, I would recommend to them that they would have to experience it one time.

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    runwalksarah Nov 20, 2018 at 8:56am

    I mostly agree with your review. I echo what @basserker said regarding the timers. The day of the race, they sent us an e-mail saying that they weren't going to putting the timers at each mile mark due to the Wind Advisory warnings. You also mentioned how small the miler markers were. The smaller mile markers were also due to the Wind Advisory warning. This was also covered in the e-mail they sent everyone on race day. Thank goodness the wind wasn't as bad as was predicted! The race had to roll with the punches and did their best to keep everyone in the loop regarding this.

    I completely agree with you regarding the starting corral organization and lack of porta potties on course.

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    demann2k Feb 09, 2019 at 5:10pm

    The wind advisory was pure bs and covering their you know what. They started to put the starting one and fencing too late (8am) and we started wondering if they could finish in time. I was watching the weather app all day and one one hour of the whole day was listed as windy.

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    basserker Nov 19, 2018 at 10:26am

    Hey - one thing to note - there weren't timers up because of the Wind Advisory warning that was issued before the race. They mentioned taking those clocks down in the email that was sent out.

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    basserker FIRST-TIMER '18

    The Half Marathon (or anything shorter) probably would be the perfect distance. For the Marathon, the first half you got to run along the strip. This was great. Once you … MORE

    The Half Marathon (or anything shorter) probably would be the perfect distance. For the Marathon, the first half you got to run along the strip. This was great. Once you split from the other runners though, things got rough. Not very much to look at while running through some pretty seedy areas of Vegas. The course for the marathon involved a lot of running out and backs on random streets, and running around giant parking lots of fair grounds in weird circular shapes.

    As well, there were A LOT of people that either cut the marathon course short, or just hopped in wherever they wanted. I was running the race 1 week after running NYC, so I was not really concerned about my own time or speed, but the last 4 miles I was passing a lot of large (not intended to be body shaming) people that were walking, who I had never seen running near me the other 20+ miles. I ran this marathon in 3:42, which isn’t blazing fast but also isn’t slow, so I really don’t have any other explanation. Other runners were also complaining about this issue.

    This race could also use some better organization. It took about 6.5 miles to find a spot on the course that had more than 1 port-o-potty. Also, none of the volunteers or event staff had any idea of where to go to lineup for the start.

    Overall, this race is great for less serious runners who like bright shiny medals and hanging out with their friends and family. Nothing wrong with that. If you’re a more serious runner who cares about times and overall experiences, I would avoid this race, and find something more interesting in Nevada.

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    demann2k Nov 19, 2018 at 9:25am

    I agree with all you said. One other thing to consider. The course signage was terrible. I was running with a group of runners and we all missed the turnoff to the industrial area/random streets after the split. Before we realized it we were at the fairgrounds. I am betting these were the people walking (lost, dejected, confused) that you saw and have never seen earlier in the race.

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    cheryldoubledee REPEAT RUNNER '18

    It was my second year running this race (after I swore last year I wouldn’t run it again). The medal is sparkly and has moving parts, which makes it one … MORE

    It was my second year running this race (after I swore last year I wouldn’t run it again). The medal is sparkly and has moving parts, which makes it one of the best in my collection. Tech shirt is well designed and good quality. The expo is large with convenient monorail access and runs for several days. Where this race has issues is start line organization and course support. I am used to feeling like cattle in the starting corrals, but this race really packs you in. There are 3 different groups with separate corrals within each group to stagger the start. This is all great in principle, but you are literally squished for a minimum of 20 minutes from when you are required to be in your group to when the first corral in your group starts. Heaven help you if you need to use a porta pottie! Speaking of porta potties…we were promised porta potties at each aid station. Even the small half marathons I have participated in have 2 at aid stations and are regularly spaced. I did not see facilities at most of the aid stations and when I finally couldn’t hold it any longer, I waited 10 minutes in line at the 2 porta potties available! Thank goodness I was running the half with a 4 hour time limit – the runners in line with me were running the full and had only 5 hours to finish. One of the hardest parts of this race is that it is at night, in the dark on rather sketchy asphalt. Watch your step. The finish line food and beverages are good. The best thing about this race is the location. The atmosphere in Las Vegas is fantastic, the spectators are loud and supportive, and everywhere around you all weekend are runners talking about the race. Even though I said I wouldn’t run it again, I just couldn’t pass up the lure of running the strip at night under the lights to cheering crowds.

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    runwalksarah REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This year, my main motivation for running the Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll 5K was to receive the Remix Challenge Medal the following night. The expo was at the Las … MORE

    This year, my main motivation for running the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K was to receive the Remix Challenge Medal the following night.

    The expo was at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Thursday from 3 pm – 6 pm, Friday 11 am – 7 pm and Saturday 9 am – 6 pm. The pre-race e-mail stressed that 5K participants must pick up their bib before 3:30 pm on Saturday, no exceptions. Like other Rock ‘n’ Roll events, they do not allow you to pick up bibs for other people.

    The Start/Finish area was located at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds. If you are coming directly from the expo, it is approximately a one mile walk. The Festival Grounds opened at 4:30 pm and the race started at 6:00 pm. Participants were divided into 24 corrals based on their projected finish time submitted during registration. There were volunteers helping ensure participants entered the correct corral. This helped limit the number of walkers starting up at the front. Per the pre-race e-mail, it would take approximately 45 minutes for all of the corrals to start.

    Unfortunately, there were quite a few race bandits at the Saturday 5K. I witnessed a volunteer walk up to a runner and ask him if he was aware that he was wearing a Sunday race bib. He completely ignored her. She repeated herself, asking if he was aware that he was wearing the wrong bib. This time he nonchalantly said, “Yeah, I know.” It was obvious that she was intimidated and did not know what to do from there, so she walked away. A few minutes later, he was joined by several other people wearing Sunday bibs. People suck.

    The course itself was rather boring. Runners started at the Festival Grounds, then ran down Sammy Davis Jr Dr behind Circus Circus. The course makes a left turn and runs to Las Vegas Blvd before turning around to follow the same course back to the Festival Grounds. The final half mile is spent running what can be described as a maze through the Festival Grounds. It is obvious that this was done to add mileage so that the race would reach the required 3.1 miles.

    Like other Rock ‘n’ Roll events, there was a lot of music and sound on course. The Kiss cover band was a crowd favorite. Many runners wore lights, which added to the party atmosphere.

    Finish line refreshments included water, bananas, granola bars, pretzels and Michelob Ultra beer.

    The post race concert, Ozomatli, was scheduled to go on stage at 6:45 pm. While many of the runners had finished, some of the slower runners and walkers had barely started.

    The medal was stylish and the quality I would expect from a Rock ‘n’ Roll race. It featured a slot machine and glittery coins (see my posted photo).

    While the 5K is in Las Vegas, it holds none of the thrill of the Sunday races which actually run on the Las Vegas Strip. I signed up for the 5K last year when the Sunday headliner concert got switched to Saturday. That year the headliner concert was a band I was a fan of and had genuine interest in seeing. I signed up for the 5K this year just to get the Remix Challenge medal. Since the expo doesn’t run on Sunday, I rationalized that I have to be in Vegas on Saturday night regardless; I might as well run the 5K and get the extra medal. Next year, I will probably skip the 5K to save money and just have a fun night in Vegas before my main race.

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    rcturk262 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Very unique race that was held at night and run entirely on the Las Vegas strip. As always for RnR races, the race was very well organized. The course was … MORE

    Very unique race that was held at night and run entirely on the Las Vegas strip. As always for RnR races, the race was very well organized. The course was very flat, but with so many runners, the first mile or so was pretty congested. The post race food was average-. With the race run on the strip, there was plenty of fan support along the majority of the course.

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    bjrobinette FIRST-TIMER '18

    If you want the opportunity to run on the Las Vegas strip, then this is the race for you. If you want a well organized running experience, you may want … MORE

    If you want the opportunity to run on the Las Vegas strip, then this is the race for you. If you want a well organized running experience, you may want to pass. The waves and corrals ended up being more of a suggestion than a rule which meant plenty of walkers blocking traffic early and often. Post race was blah. The medals,though nice, were very small. I have no plans to repeat this race.

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    runwalksarah REPEAT RUNNER '18

    If you love the lights, sounds and crowds (and more crowds) of Las Vegas, then this is the race for you. 2018 marked my 3rd consecutive year participating in the … MORE

    If you love the lights, sounds and crowds (and more crowds) of Las Vegas, then this is the race for you.

    2018 marked my 3rd consecutive year participating in the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. While I loved running the #stripatnight, this year was noticeably less organized than previous years.

    The expo was at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Thursday from 3 pm – 6 pm, Friday 11 am – 7 pm and Saturday 9 am – 6 pm. Like previous years, there was no Sunday expo. Also like other RNR events, you cannot pick up packets for other people. For those unable to attend packet pick-up, there was the option to pre-purchase race day packet pick-up for the marathon, half marathon or 10K for a $40 fee. This offer was limited availability and subject to selling out.

    This year, the Start Festival Village was in a large parking lot behind Planet Hollywood. In 2016, it was located at the ill-fated concert venue across from Mandalay Bay. After the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival shooting in 2017, the race was forced to change the venue barely a month before the race. For 2017, the headliner concert was shuffled to Saturday after the 5K at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds. The Start Festival Village for Sunday was moved to an area near New York-New York and the T-Mobile Arena. For 2018, I speculate that the race sought a long term new venue for the Start Line Village that would meet their requirements.

    The Village opened at 2:00 pm. The Headliner concert, Capital Cities, began playing at 3:00 pm. Participants were split into three separate start times/waves based on their projected finish time they submitted when registering. Faster runners were given blue bibs. Participants with blue bibs had between 3:40 – 4:10 pm to get into their corral, even though Capital Cities was still playing. The Blue Wave started at 4:30 pm. Moderate speed runners were given green bibs. Participants with green bibs had between 4:10 – 4:40 pm to get into their corral. The Green Wave started at 5:00 pm. Slower runners and walkers were given yellow bibs. Participants with yellow bibs had between 4:40 – 5:10 to get into their corral. The Yellow Wave started at 5:30 pm. While this system is a good in theory, many people intentionally submitted unrealistic finish times to get placed into faster corrals. Despite the fact that they were checking the color of bibs, I also noticed several people with yellow bibs start with the Green Wave. With 40,000 runners, all this added to some of the course congestion.

    Upon exiting the Start Festival Village to head to the corrals, participants were herded down a side street, which served as a holding area before entering Las Vegas Blvd. It was very crowded and had no clear indication of what was going on. Many people forced their way to the front, possibly not realizing that the colored wave had not yet been given access to Las Vegas Blvd. It felt very chaotic when we were finally allowed to line up on Las Vegas Blvd. While bibs listed corral numbers within the colored waves, it was helter skelter and very difficult to move forward toward one’s actual assigned corral number. This system was executed much more efficiently in previous years.

    Because people had to be in their corrals so early, many had to use the restroom by the time it was their turn to cross the start line. There were a total of 8 aid stations on the Half Marathon course. Each aid station had 1 – 2 porta potties. As you can imagine, with 40,000 runners, the lines for the aid station porta potties were ridiculously long. The aid stations were stocked with water and Gatorade. At mile 4.5 and 9, they provided SIS Gel. In my opinion, this fuel is absolutely disgusting and I desperately wish they would go back to Glukos or Gu. The volunteers at the aid stations were awesome.

    The course is an out-and-back. It starts by going down the Strip, past the infamous Las Vegas sign and airport. The course then turns around and heads back up the Strip to (but not through) Fremont, where it turns around again and goes back down the Strip to finish at The Mirage. I normally find out-and-back courses boring, but not in this case. It is a lot of fun to run on the Strip. Tons of lights. Tons of music. Tons of cheering (and probably intoxicated) supporters. The race is one big party like only Las Vegas can offer.

    Upon crossing the finish line, mylar blankets were provided, which was much appreciated on the cold evening. Post race refreshments included water, Gatorade, bananas, pretzels, granola bars, Pringles chips, chocolate milk and Michelob Ultra.

    The medal was stylish and the quality I would expect from a Rock ‘n’ Roll race. It featured the Las Vegas Strip skyline and a deck of glittery cards that fold out (see my posted photo).

    If you ran the 5K (to be reviewed in a separate post) on Saturday and any distance on Sunday, you can receive the Remix Challenge Medal.

    While I was a bit disappointed by the organization of this year’s event, this is still one of the most fun half marathons I have ever done and I plan on coming back year after year. I highly recommend the half distance. Based on the full marathon I ran in Vegas back in 2007, I cannot recommend running this race as a full. After running the one full in Vegas, I swore I would only return for halfs. Vegas is only fun when you are running on the Strip. Plus, starting this year, Rock ‘n’ Roll races no longer give out jackets to full marathon finishers.

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    M_Sohaskey Nov 15, 2018 at 1:13am

    40,000 runners?? YIKES, I had no idea this race was THAT large. Sounds like semi-controlled chaos, and what better place for semi-controlled chaos than Vegas? Glad you were still able to enjoy the half and score the Remix Challenge medal, those are some artistic medals and particularly for the half. I'm looking forward to running the 13.1 one day, since you've convinced me to save my 26.2'ing energy for elsewhere. Congrats on another 👍 race weekend Sarah, and thanks for another thoughtful review!

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    runwalksarah Nov 15, 2018 at 6:00am

    40,000 is the magic number the race boasted throughout the weekend for the 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon. The Half Marathon and Marathon shared the same start line while the 10K started further up the Strip. All three distances shared the same finish line. Now that you bring it up, I'm going to look up the exact number of runners on the results page to see how close it is to the number they are claiming.

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    runwalksarah Nov 15, 2018 at 8:37am

    Mike - So it seems Rock 'n' Roll was a little overly optimistic when they (repeatedly throughout the weekend) claimed there were 40,000 runners. Looking at the results page, there were 2,140 full marathon finishers, 17,100 half marathon finishers and 4999 10K finishers. That is only 24,239 participants. I don't believe this takes into account DNS and DNF participants, but that is still a far cry from the advertised 40,000. Even if you add in the 6309 5K finishers (many of whom ran one of the Sunday races as well), that is still only 30,548.

     
    RunKMacRun REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The course has changed for 2018 and is now a giant out and back. You basically only run on Las Vegas Blvd. The volunteers were amazing but there were 40,000+ … MORE

    The course has changed for 2018 and is now a giant out and back. You basically only run on Las Vegas Blvd. The volunteers were amazing but there were 40,000+ runners (half, full, and 10K) on Sunday and only 1 porta potty every 2-2.5 miles. This was really disappointing. Thankfully the local restaurants were letting runners use their bathrooms along the course. Due to the size of this race they had runners line up about 45 min prior to being let go. The area for the runners was so tight there was no room to sit down. I was very disappointed with the race production for this year.

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    M_Sohaskey Nov 13, 2018 at 6:35pm

    My concern about Rock 'n' Roll events has always been the sheer size of the race. Running down the Vegas Strip has great potential, but I've yet to run it for that reason. Hopefully they can tighten things up before next year's event. Sorry the event itself didn't live up to expectations, but thanks for the helpful review and congrats on earning the Remix medal for your troubles!

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    RunKMacRun FIRST-TIMER '18

    If you run this 5K on Saturday and any race on Sunday and you will ear the Remix medal. This was a very basic out and back course. Lots of … MORE

    If you run this 5K on Saturday and any race on Sunday and you will ear the Remix medal. This was a very basic out and back course. Lots of sharp turns. Good course support and a lot of cheering spectators. Be sure to plan ahead i can take a while to get around Las Vegas.

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