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Overall Rating (59 Reviews)
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    marxbk18 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    It is hard to beat running down the Vegas strip at night. If you aren't used to night races this one may be a bit more difficult. I loved it. … MORE

    It is hard to beat running down the Vegas strip at night. If you aren’t used to night races this one may be a bit more difficult. I loved it. You start toward the end of the strip then run out of the strip area then turn around and run the length of the strip toward Downtown. You make a few turns until heading back down about half of the strip. RNR always has great medals and decent shirts. This really is a fun race to run and it makes for a great vacation.

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    jczmiller REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This run was a blast! Definitely not a PR for me, but the most fun I have ever had during a race. The one challenge was trying to figure out … MORE

    This run was a blast! Definitely not a PR for me, but the most fun I have ever had during a race. The one challenge was trying to figure out how to eat/hydrate throughout the day for a nighttime race for someone who is used to mornings

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    thtgirl609 FIRST-TIMER '16

    Had a great time seeing the strip at night and running through old Las Vegas. As usual, rock n roll puts on a fabulous time. Loved running at night MORE

    Had a great time seeing the strip at night and running through old Las Vegas. As usual, rock n roll puts on a fabulous time. Loved running at night

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    ihaveabshere FIRST-TIMER '19

    I think this race was designed to be a half and then they added the full later. It's like they designed the half marathon course around the strip and drew … MORE

    I think this race was designed to be a half and then they added the full later. It’s like they designed the half marathon course around the strip and drew a bunch of squiggly lines around the half to make it a full. The parts of the race on the strip were great, the parts off the strip were strange and not well lit, in my opinion. The part of the race around the festival grounds were full of switchbacks were the worst, as well as mile 24 where you can see the finish line, but they make take a right for a mile out and back.

    The pacers were somewhat off as well. At one point midway through the race, I was passed by the 4:00, then the 3:45, then 4:15. All closer together then they should have been.

    Overall the race and production was cool, nice shirt and medal, running on the strip was cool, and a nice race in Nevada.

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    mikeyseymour FIRST-TIMER '19

    Running on the Las Vegas Strip at night was a lifetime memory for me. There are so many positives about the race: the amount of correspondence ahead of time was … MORE

    Running on the Las Vegas Strip at night was a lifetime memory for me.

    There are so many positives about the race: the amount of correspondence ahead of time was good. I knew what to expect and wasn’t inundated with emails.

    The expo was fairly large, very well organized, and a fun experience.

    The starting corral was simple and efficient. There were tons of port-o-potties to take care of business ahead of time, then you find a pacer at your preferred pace and stick next to them. Then you meander a ways (a mile maybe) to the starting line. There were waves to start so I could run my pace after mile 1.

    The course itself has some absolutely amazing parts. About half the marathon is on the Strip. Having Las Vegas Blvd closed to all cars was surreal. It is such a cool way to experience the Strip. The course was well marked and had plenty of water/gatorade stops. They had some fuel options as well with potatoes around mile 8ish, bananas at 19, and gu packets at several points. I brought food, but one could easily run the entire race completely on the fuel and hydration provided. The course is largely flat, with some hills in the second half of the race with bridges. My only complaint about the course was the lack of excitement factor for most of the second half of the marathon. There are some pretty blah neighborhoods to run through and the worst stretch was almost 3 miles (miles 21-24) of running through a giant parking lot. That’s a stretch where keeping your head in the game is tough under perfect conditions, but laps around a parking lot made a tough stretch even more difficult.

    If you are really just looking for an authentic Vegas experience, I recommend the half as the entire course is either on the Strip or a small part running downtown. Much of the full marathon course off the Strip was out and backs on lifeless streets. With all the u-turns, I would not recommend this course if you’re looking for a PR. They are momentum killers.

    The finish line is organized. You get your medal then keep walking as you get various other goodies like food, hydration, etc. The finish line is by the Mirage and you get to the end of the exit chute between Caesar’s and Bellagio.

    It was such an awesome experience! I am so happy I did it!

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    diverdude0075 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The organizers put on a great show! The swag was average and although the medal was a little small for both the half and full marathons they were nicely designed … MORE

    The organizers put on a great show! The swag was average and although the medal was a little small for both the half and full marathons they were nicely designed and very blingy! There was an army of police and volunteers covering the full marathon. I never felt unsafe nor worried about my wife’s safety. Plenty of nutrition was provided along the course as well. The terrain itself was all pavement and concrete with just a very small section of smooth gravel/dirt. The concrete and pavement though changed slightly at many interfaces. It made for sore knees for my wife and my ankles and feet ached. No tripping hazards just felt hard on the joints. This could also be due to thus being my first marathon in 20 years! The bands were all awesome! They really motivated me and sounded good and loud! My wife’s only complaint other than knees for her half marathon was waiting and trying to get through the water stops, due to congestion. I didn’t have this problem on the full. Overall it was a fun town to race in but I probably wouldn’t try to PR here. The full had a lot of turn-arounds a too.

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    Stephen26.2 FIRST-TIMER '19

    this was my first year but I will run this race again. The weather was absolutely gorgeous with temps at race time ~73 and within 45 minutes it was 62 … MORE

    this was my first year but I will run this race again. The weather was absolutely gorgeous with temps at race time ~73 and within 45 minutes it was 62 and no wind! It’s an easy out and back, and out and back again course and you run the entire strip – all the way to downtown Las Vegas. Running in the street gives you such a unique perspective of the Las Vegas strip and skyline.

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    ski2nite FIRST-TIMER '19

    If I did this race again I would fly in day before. We flew in 2 days before and walked allot so by the time the race started I was … MORE

    If I did this race again I would fly in day before. We flew in 2 days before and walked allot so by the time the race started I was tired. The actual race was fine, there are a bunch of people but spread out

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    thestudadam FIRST-TIMER '15

    This was a very unique experience and one of the most fun races that I have ever done. The combination of the bands, running at night, the lights of the … MORE

    This was a very unique experience and one of the most fun races that I have ever done. The combination of the bands, running at night, the lights of the strip, and just being in Vegas make this a destination race that every runner should do at least once. I often tell my friends who are not serious runners or who would like to do a half marathon once just to say they have done it that this is the race for them. Yes the entry fee is a little steep even with early entry and yes the combination of flying to Vegas/getting a hotel can be expensive but it is an extremely unique experience that you won’t forget. Can’t recommend it enough, now the details:

    Expo: All R&R Races have good expos but since Vegas is their biggest event it also has the biggest expo. Plus Vegas is kind of made for conventions/events. You can find pretty much anything you would need/want at a running expo of this size. Its as close to a marathon major expo as you will find without actually being at a major. Getting in and out of this expo was a bit harder than most smaller races but taking the bus there was pretty easy, just crowded inside.

    Parking/Access: Parking is actually decent at/around hotels in Vegas but some could be pretty far from the start/finish. The best advice I can give would be to stay at a hotel between the start and finish (you can see them on a course map). We stayed at the Luxor which is right by the start and was actually a lucky break that we didn’t stay near the finish because the finishers chute in Vegas is actually quite long so it takes you quite a ways back towards the start and backtracking up the course can be difficult due to the crowds cheering the finish and the ever growing pack of finishers milling around.

    SWAG: There was a decent amount of freebies in the bag they give you at the expo, more than most races. The shirt was a bright neon yellow which can look a bit crazy if you just want to wear it around but it showed well in a night race and it is actually a good shirt to wear if you are running in the early morning or near dusk when visibility to cars can be hard. The event design was pretty blah on the shirt. The finishers medal was a unique slot machine design where the slot machine wheels were cards that could flip from symbols to a 13.1 or 26.2 depending on your distance, very cool.

    Course/Aid Stations/Elevation: It doesn’t get much easier elevation wise than a pancake flat course, a complete non issues. Aid stations were also well stocked and well spaced, i heard there were a few issues with temporarily running out of things for the later runners. Also for aid stations it should be noted that this race has a TON of first time half marathoners and other people who may not be well versed in the etiquette of starting in your correct corral and how to go through an aid station. Many of my slower friends and family said they would be running behind someone when they got to an aid station then the person would take the cup of water and then stop dead in their tracks and then get run into. It’s one of those things that you don’t know until you run a few races but it certainly can be frustrating and a little dangerous for those used to drinking on the go or getting a cup and then moving to the side after they get their cup so they can drink. As for the course itself it was really cool, you started with a quick out and back around the welcome to Las Vegas sign then started a 5-6 mile straight run back past the start towards the heart of the strip, it is such a long straight stretch that it makes it hard to motivate yourself with the usual tactics of just run hard to that corner etc but the cheering and lights and scenery make up for it. Around the 8 mile mark you make a quick jut off the strip before coming back on Freemont street then heading back down the strip. Heads up for those who are unprepared like me and the pack I was running in were for Freemont street. There is a 30 foot tall metal praying mantis that every so often shoot explosions of flames out the top of its head. It sent a group of us cowering and ducking a few steps to the side when it scared the crap out of us, very cool if you are expecting it, heart attack if not.

    Running back to the finish was a bit into the wind but it is not consistent because the casinos will shelter you off and on. The wind blows strong through the gap between the buildings then shoots up both directions of the course so you end up running with the wind in your face as you near an intersection then get it at your back for a little while as you continue past the intersection. The finishers chute is long, it can take a while to get through it, get your gear and then get back towards the finish if you are trying to watch family and friends. Also you want to make sure you have warm clothes in your gear check back as you will cool down quickly at night since you will be sweaty.

    Race Management: They do a great job at this race, the corrals are well organized and so is the entire event. One thing that can be challenging for slower runners is that because there are so many corrals the slower people can be waiting a long time to start. They also enforce the time limit pretty strictly with a car picking up stragglers which can make for a tight window for people starting in the back to finish, they probably really need to work on starting that hard time limit when the final people start not when the first people do. Overall though I can’t recommend this race enough.

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    tndsmith REPEAT RUNNER '10

    Flat - great pre race support. Awesome post race party(Brett Michaels). Really cool to run down the strip. If I had it to do all over again, I’d Lock myself … MORE

    Flat – great pre race support. Awesome post race party(Brett Michaels). Really cool to run down the strip. If I had it to do all over again, I’d Lock myself in the hotel room the day before. It’s way too easy to get trapped in to too much walking(i.e. going to Jeff Dunham at Ceazar’s Palace the night before). Overall , fun race- get a 24hr buffet afterwards…and wear it out!

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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

    **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… MORE

    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! LESS

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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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