Since the 2012 events, the Las Vegas Marathon has faced a few changes; a new start date, a new course and much tighter security. The newly formatted 2013 event saw over 35,000 competitors take to the neon strip of Vegas. But the famed casino haven’s streets underdog a massive make-over for one day a year to accommodate the big race.
The race starts and finishes on the famous Las Vegas Boulevard, making is easily accessible via foot or taxi from a good number of the large casino resorts, such as Planet Hollywood and Caesar’s Palace. The new layout takes the competitors under the Fremont Street casino mall canopy in downtown Vegas twice, compared to once in previous races. With the new start times, dates and route, the Vegas marathon has a completely different feel about it.
In the races between 2008 and 2012, the ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ marathon took place during the first weekend of December, but a change needed to be made so it did not clash with the popular National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas and Mack Arena, which lasts 10 days. The new November date is set to benefit from warmer weather as well, making it better for the runners themselves and their spectators.
With both the half and full marathon taking place on November 16th this year, the racing is set to start at 4:30pm, but there will be staggered starts to ensure proper health and safety regulations are in practise and make a much better atmosphere for the race as a whole. The unique twist with the Las Vegas marathon is that there are live music acts playing after every mile, attracting competitors dressed as Mr Viva-Las-Vegas himself Elvis Presley and some runners have been known to get married during the race! Mixing a love for poker and slot machines at sites like http://www.jackpotcity.co.uk/online-slots and keeping fit makes Vegas the perfect destination this November. So if you want a feel-good marathon to try out, then the Rock n Roll spectacular is the one for you.
Dr. Campitelli is a podiatrist in Akron, OH specializing in foot and ankle surgery with an interest and enthusiasm for running as well as helping runners with injuries. For the past several years he has been treating running injuries in patients by fixing their form and transitioning them to minimalist shoes. Having treated runners with all types of injuries through conservative measures with orthotics and shoe gear changes to reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, Dr. Campitelli has brought what works best and is most current to his practice as well as the Akron and Cleveland running communities.