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20 Reasons to Run Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas

By runrocknroll, 10/12/22, 3:30PM EDT

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Our favorite perks of this party race.

There are thousands of reasons, but we’ve narrowed it down to our top 20 reasons why you have to run Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Las Vegas at least once in your lifetime.

1. You Get to Sleep In Race Morning

With a 4:30pm race start for the half marathon and 10K, unlike all other races, you get to sleep in! Yes, if you’re a racing regular, you need to change up your schedule a bit, but you’ll no doubt be well awake by the time the starting gun goes off! Plenty of time for a good breakfast, ample stretching, and pump-up tunes in your hotel room!

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2. The Runner Takeover

There is no better feeling than being a part of a massive weekend. Over 35,000 people from all 50 states and all over the world are coming to run — and take over — the famed Las Vegas Strip at night. No cars or taxis, just you and your running shoes.

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3. The Strip

Whether you’re riding in a taxi from the airport, walking the sidewalk from casino to casino, or reveling at it from atop the High Roller Wheel, there is nothing in the world like this 4.2-mile stretch of neon beauty. And when you run the Strip at night, you get it all to yourself!

Vegas Skyline

4. The Hotels

Many of the world's largest hotels wrap The Strip, housing over 150,000 hotel rooms. And the best part? They know darn well it’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas weekend, so you can proudly rock your Elvis costumes, tutus, and running gear while strutting through the lobby.

5. The Photo Opps

Everywhere you turn, there is someone or something around you that is photo-worthy. From running alongside a showgirl to racing past New York New York or Paris, your run will be Insta-worthy. Just take a look at what people tagged with #StripAtNight last year for a good summary of the story of race weekend.

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6. The Entertainment

Blue Man Group? Check. Cirque du Soleil? Check (7 of them). Seeing the crazy costumes people run in? Check, and free. Las Vegas  is definitely not lacking in pre-, during, or post-race entertainment during your race weekend.

Vegas showgirl among runners

7. The Food

Pick any top celebrity chef and they’ve got their name on something in Las Vegas. Into wine? There are more master sommeliers in Las Vegas than Los Angeles and New York City combined.

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8. Three Day Health & Fitness Expo Presented by Resorts World Las Vegas

It’s  the biggest (and longest) Health & Fitness Expo the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series hosts, and for good reason — it’s your first stop of the weekend! With a live DJ, epic merchandise, and photo opportunities galore, we get the weekend party started at Resorts World Las Vegas.

9. The T-Shirts

We always shoot to make our Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas merchandise flashy, to embody the spirit of what is the flashiest city in the world. Check out our 2023 t-shirt designs for a taste of Vegas, where you can stand out as much as the neon lights lining The Strip!

Rock N Roll Vegas Tshirts

10. The Saturday 5K

The Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas 5K is the perfect distance to shake out to on Saturday night, and to get the friends and family involved who are tagging along for the weekend. Start on Las Vegas Blvd and finish at the Fremont Street Experience under the World's Largest Slot Machine, Slotzilla!

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11. The Runner Perks

Look forward to exclusive participant offers on dining, entertainment, nightlife, and shows to help amplify your race weekend. You’re in Vegas, baby, so take full advantage of your weekend.

12. The Start Line Fan Fest

Downtown's largest playground, the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, hosts the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Saturday Night Fan Fest. Kick off the weekend festivities with a 5K finish line on Fremont Street, entertainment from the hottest DJ’s, limited-edition craft cocktails, live art, and more!

Concert as the Vegas start line

13. The Start Line Experience

The “pre-race jitters” are different here. The community is tremendous and as you cross the line, fire shoots into the sky. YES. If that kind of a start doesn’t get your feet moving, the sight of the neon lights ahead will.

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14. The Course

Get a taste of all of Vegas while running the courses, whether you’re running the 10K or the half marathon on The Strip or the 5K on Fremont.

15. The Big Screen

Smile! On race night, the half marathon will stream live on the 100,000 square-foot LED screen. We would say you won’t want to miss this, but that’s hard to do when it’s the largest screen on The Strip.

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16. Running Through Downtown Las Vegas

Where Las Vegas all began. Staying true to its neon roots despite incredible gentrification, the vibe & energy is amazing! Visit some of the old school characters like Vegas Vic, the friendly neon cowboy who will be cheering you on.

17. The Mirage Volcano

Not only are you finishing in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, but the Mirage volcano is erupting just to your right for an explosive show to cheer on your final steps. If you’re lucky, your finish line photos will literally be on fire – talk about a memorable finish!

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18. The Finish Line

We bring the nightclub to the finish line, with lasers, lights, and tunes to celebrate your epic achievement. Your legs better not be tired yet, because there’s still dancing to be done!

19. Come As You Are Parties

Yes, it's exactly like it sounds... After you cross the finish line, we want you to come as you are to the afterparties! Medal, running shoes, bib and all, we're celebrating your accomplishment at some of the hottest nightclubs.

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20. Walking Around With Your Las Vegas Medals

Wear them loud, wear them proud, wear them wherever the heck you want! You earned it. It’s easy to incorporate these glow-in-the-dark medals in to your wardrobe, and your accomplishments rival hitting the jackpots in the casino.

With at least 20 reasons to run the Strip at Night, what are you waiting for?

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