Snoop Dogg Hits Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon

Snoop Dogg Headlines Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon

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What the what? Competitor Group announced Tuesday that the headliner for the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half Marathon on November 16 is none other than Snoop Dogg.

The iconic rap superstar will play the pre-race concert at 3:00 p.m. just before the start of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (yes, that’s the entire name) at 4:30 p.m.

Is there any chance Jason Derulo will pop in for a cameo and performance of “Wiggle”? I have no idea, but that would be amazing. I’m not going to lie: I kind of love that song. Put it in the “Baby Got Back” and “Thong Song” category. What can I say? I like rap and R&B songs about derrieres.

Definitely on the playlist, however, are all the hits: “Gin & Juice,” “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?),” “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang,” “Next Episode,” “Beautiful,” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot.”

I announced when registration for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon opened earlier this year, along with a bevvy of popular marathons. Now that the world knows Snoop Dogg will be on the Las Vegas strip that night, I wouldn’t be surprised if the races sell out.

Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon

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

The big draw for the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival in Las Vegas from November 14-16, other than Snoop Dogg? Running the Las Vegas Strip at night. The marathon and half-marathon courses run past Las Vegas Boulevard’s most iconic sights, including the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, the Fountains of Bellagio, and the finish line 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.

Other races include the already sold-out ½ of the Half, a 6.5-mile race on the strip, the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K presented by SLS Las Vegas on Saturday night, and the Remix Challenge, where runners earn three medals for finishing two of the festival’s races. Plus, a two-day Health & Fitness Expo with more than 100 vendors is free and open to the public.

If you want a pre-run serenade from Snoop Dogg, visit for more information or to register.

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Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


08 2014

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  1. 1

    I am officially jealous and sad that I will not be there. This is AWESOME!!
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    • Karla Bruning

      Every year, I wish I could run every race. But this might be the biggest race headliner I’ve ever seen!

  2. 3

    Ugh!! I want to run this so bad and now even more!!
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  3. 5

    So fun!


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