19, November 2015 –
This year, over 45,000 runners from 50 states, and 64 countries took the center stage in Nevada as the Las Vegas Strip was shut down just for them. Although its been said: “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas…” we were still curious what motivated some runners to make it across the finish line on the #StripatNight. Each of the following athletes has a unique & inspiring story to tell and we’re very excited to share them with you!
Seattle’s Bryan Correll and his 21-year-old daughter, Hannah, celebrated the closing stretch of the GEICO Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon in style. A mile and a half from the finish, they walked into a mini market on Las Vegas Boulevard, bought two Michelob Ultras and sipped their way to the finish line in front of The Mirage casino. “Hey,” said Hannah, “we were thirsty.” Added her 51-year-old dad, “How often does a father get to drink a beer with his daughter running down the middle of The Strip?”
Mark and Amber Miller were among the 189 couples who stopped at Mile 3 to either tie the knot or renew their wedding vows. After 27 years of bliss, the Millers renewed their commitment. Why did the husband and wife from Leoti, Kansas, do it? “Because we’re still in love,” said a beaming Mark at this finish. What’s the key to a long, successful marriage? “Do what she says,” said Mark. Added Amber, “Having a laid-back husband.” Mark wore a faux tuxedo T-shirt, Amber a fake bride’s dress T-shirt.
Lisa Ledesma, no doubt, was one of the most determined runners on the half marathon course. After suffering four stress fractures leading up the race, Ledesma rested her bum leg on a scooter, pushing off the ground 13.1 miles. Running alongside Ledesma to shield her was friend Agnes Largo. They hail from the beautiful island of Kauai. “I love running, I love Rock ‘n’ Roll and I love the medals,” said Ledesma. She double dipped in Vegas, taking on the #RemixChallenge by running the Brooks Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas 5K presented by SLS and half marathon on Sunday.
After crossing the finish line, Chris Aguilera carried his prosthetic left running leg in his arm, replacing it with his every-day walking leg. A former member of the Air Force Combat Rescue team, Aguilera, 41, lost his leg below the knee when his helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan. Five of his friends died in the crash. Regarding his commitment to run, Aguilera, who lives in Las Vegas said, “It’s a matter of living every day to its fullest, to remember my brothers and their sacrifice. They gave the ultimate sacrifice. The least I can do is live every day to its fullest.”
Like many, Ian Sharman (@Sharmanian) ran dressed as Elvis Presley for event. None of the imitators rocked quite like Sharman though, who owns the Guinness world record for fastest marathon in an Elvis costume. He boogied down The Strip on Sunday, finishing eighth overall at 2:50:13. His Elvis record: 2:42:52. “The costume is just kind of fun,” said Sharman. “If you’re gonna run as Elvis, you’ve gotta run Vegas.” Sharman says he’s gets requests for every Elvis hit. “Jailhouse Rock,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Love Me Tender,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Always On My Mind,” “Suspicious Mind.” Sharman is an accomplished ultra-marathoner, setting a record in 2011 at the Rocky Raccoon 100-miler. His time of 12:44:33 breaks down to a stunning 7:38 per mile. But wait, Rocky Raccoon? Isn’t that a Beatles song?
Whether or not you ROCKED out with us on the Las Vegas StripatNight or not, we invite you to come out next year in 2016 to join us!