Las Vegas Marathon
Las Vegas, NV USA
Sunday, December 17, 2013

Las Vegas Marathon Information

Although the race began in 1967, making it one of the oldest marathons in the country, it is its inclusion in a very popular marathon series since 2009 that makes it so exhilarating for participants and spectators alike. Scheduled for early December, the event includes both a full and ½ marathon. Registration is underway online and via mail and ends the day before the race. No registrations are accepted on race day!

While the Sunday races are the main events, this is absolutely a weekend of fun and activity. The Health and Fitness Expo runs Friday and Saturday at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, adjacent to the Venetian and Palazzo Hotels. The best and current nutrition and health information will be available. Runners' apparel and gear plus the most updated technology will also be on display. Race participants must visit the Expo to pick up race packets, gear bag and t-shirt.

Tickets may be purchased for the pre-race Pasta Party on Saturday night. A large buffet and music are scheduled so racers can fill up and get their adrenaline flowing for the next day's run. The music continues on race day as numerous bands are set up along the route providing entertainment and motivation for runners and spectators.

If a truly unique wedding was in your plans, participate in the Run Thru Ceremony. This is a Las Vegas style nuptial held during the race. The only cost is the race entry fee. Another amusing way to race is dressed up as an Elvis impersonator. You are guaranteed not to be alone!

This year, organizers have made several improvements to ensure a great event. Across from the Luxor Hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard, the new Start Village will provide refreshments, medical personnel and a gear check. The marathon will begin first followed an hour and a half later by the ½ marathon participants. Corrals of runners will be released at greater intervals than previous races. As always, the start line will be in front of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Runners then continue down one of the most famous streets in the world, the Las Vegas Strip. Due to the late start of both races, the strip is lit in true Las Vegas fashion, highlighting such replica landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. The tropical gardens of the Mirage and the soothing waterfalls of the Palazzo Hotel round out this scenic portion of the route. The marathons this year will end at the Mirage Resort which is located halfway down the strip, enabling runners to return to their respective hotels more quickly. When the race is over, the fun continues at one of the many planned post-race parties. The las Vegas Marathon supports charitable organizations.