Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon Registration Opens

Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon

The start of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half. (Photo: Ryan Bethke)

It’s marathon season! So lots of registration posts from me. I’d hate for your dream race to sell-out or prices to sky-rocket because you missed early registration.

I’ve already alerted you to the New York City, Marine Corps and Chicago Marathon lotteries. Yesterday, registration opened for the Philadelphia Marathon.

Next up? The Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon.

Registration opened today for the race weekend taking place November 14-16, 2014. Events include the marathon, half-marathon, and 1/2 of the Half, a 6.5-mile race that sold-out in 2013. A two-day Health & Fitness Expo with more than 100 vendors is free and open to the public.

So what makes the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon Weekend special? Why, running the Las Vegas Strip at night, of course. The marquee races start at 4:30 p.m. and finish at the base of the Mirage Volcano. Live bands line the course at every mile and runners can get married or renew vows at a Run-Thru Wedding Chapel. Not to be missed are the Running Elvi (yep, that’s Elvis plural), hundreds of runners who rock the race as The King, along with other costumed runners dressed as showgirls and other Vegas luminaries.

Plus, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon is one of the five largest 13.1-mile races in the U.S. Of the more than 26,000 runners who completed races at the 2013 Las Vegas weekend, 20,603 of them finished the half-marathon.

New to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon weekend are VIP packages befitting a Vegas experience. Who saw the Las Vegas episode of Modern Family?

Yeah, VIP status worthy of “Excelsior”: private packet pick up at the expo, VIP access at the start and finish, private race-day bathrooms, bottles of bubbly, Canyon Ranch SpaClub Gift Cards, and other “upgrades.” Fancy.

Best of all, the events benefit a good cause, raising more than $20 million since 2009 for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

Unlike New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia, I’ve never run this race. So I can’t personally recommend it. But I have friends that have been and had a blast. Plus, it just sounds fun.

Today through April 8, registration is $125 for the marathon and $65 for the half-marathon. After that tiered pricing kicks in, topping out at $195 for the marathon and $100 for the half-marathon at the expo if entries are still available. VIP packages start at $109.

For more information or to register visit

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a regular contributor to, the host of NYRR's On The Run web + TV show, and a race announcer at events like the TCS New York City Marathon. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now she freelances as a running reporter. She's run 7 marathons, 20 halves, 6 triathlons, sings in an '80s cover band, spoils her dog + travels compulsively.

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04 2014

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