The Skinny on Sin City

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Event Manager | Nicole Christenson

Strip at Night [noun]

  • Sunday, November 17
  • Over 30,000 runners flock to Las Vegas to shut down and run the streets of Vegas
  • Origin: most iconic event of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series

The Event Manager of Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas, Nicole Christenson, is a Vegas native herself. So who better to give us the inside scoop to maximize your Vegas fun?

What makes Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Strip such an amazing place to have a race?

Las Vegas is a world-class destination, and everyone knows the Las Vegas Strip. We actually close the entire Strip down and let you run on it, which I can tell you as a local is completely un-heard of. Putting a finish line in the center of The Strip is just incredible. Plus, the race is only a few hours of your time in Vegas – but you’ll never run out of things to do all weekend long.

How would you describe each of the four Strip at Night headquarters hotels in one word?

Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino – Romantic

Wynn Las Vegas – Ritzy

The Mirage – Paradise (especially for any Beatles fan)

Palazzo Las Vegas – Classy

Any sure-fire gambling secrets?

Stick to the slot machines. Less thinking that way.

What’s the craziest outfit you’ve seen someone run in?

We’ve had someone wear basically nothing but a caveman loin cloth. I’ve also seen a runner in a gorilla costume. Of course, we always have plenty of showgirls and Chippendales running. 

What’s your favorite Las Vegas show?

The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage. Absolutely. I’m a Beatles fanatic, and they do such an incredible job with the music, the costumes, and the acrobats. It’s been different every time I’ve seen it.

Tell us a few of your favorite restaurants?

Comme Ça at the Cosmopolitan is an absolute must. It’s a French brasserie with a beautiful view of The Strip on one side and the Bellagio fountains on the other. It’s got a cheese plate that won’t disappoint.

For more causal late, late night dining, The Pepper Mill is a neon 70s-style place open 24 hours. There’s also Serendipity 3 at Caesar’s Palace, which has incredible deserts.

For a post-race celebratory meal, though, I’d definitely head to a buffet! I couldn’t pick just one thing – I’d want to eat everything in sight.

Runners are often adrenaline junkies. Aside from the race, where else can they get their fix?

Bungee jumping off the Stratosphere! You’ll start getting scared the minute you even look up at the Stratosphere – and then you’ll stand on the ledge of the 108th floor. You’ll look out at The Strip – and then you’ll jump!

What’s a great attraction I can do for free?

Just walk down The Strip! You’ll see New York City, a volcano, fountains, a pirate show, and some of the most interesting people in the world. I would suggest doing this earlier in the morning- where it’s less crowded. 

What is your favorite bar in Las Vegas?

The Cosmopolitan’s chandelier bar. Its three stories tall, and absolutely gorgeous.

What’s the best-kept secret in Las Vegas?

The Neon Boneyard – it’s absolutely incredible. You can see over where over 150 vintage signs go to rest and definitely lets you relive the ‘Old Vegas’.


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