Nighttime race returns to the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, November 16; 2014 event to kickoff with a virtual night runs around the world on Wednesday, April 2; New event website StripatNight.com showcases exclusive VIP packages, videos and more
Las Vegas, NV – April 2, 2014 – Registration for the ultimate nighttime festival no runner should miss, the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America opens today. Marathon weekend returns to Sin City on November 14-16, 2014 featuring a running experience unlike any other on a race course illuminated by the neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip.
In celebration of the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas kickoff, thousands of runners from around the world will participate in hosted nighttime 5k’s as well as virtual runs. The official grassroots events will take place in 11 cities from Los Angeles to Liverpool with Vegas-themed water stations, prize giveaways and t-shirts for all attendees.
“There is not a better destination in the world for a Rock ‘n’ Roll music-infused weekend than Las Vegas, the worldwide center of non-stop entertainment,” said Adam Zocks, Vice-President and Event Director of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “The combination of a world-class running event with the stunning nightlife and can’t-miss attractions that Las Vegas has to offer provides runners and their entourage with an unforgettable marathon experience that culminates by running on the Strip at night.”
Each of the marathon and half-marathon courses run on both sides of Las Vegas Boulevard, featuring the must-see Vegas sights from the iconic ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign to the Fountains of Bellagio to the finish line at the base of the Mirage Volcano. The unique course and nighttime start attracts thousands of participants from around the world to experience the one-of-a-kind event with live bands at every mile, a Run-Thru Wedding for couples to elope on the go, the infamous group of Running Elvi and pre and post-event parties throughout the weekend at Vegas’ top nightlife venues.
For the first time in Las Vegas marathon history, last year’s event featured a new November date that proved to be wildly successful as participants enjoyed warmer weather compared to the traditional December event date. The event also featured the debut of the popular Zappos.com ½ of the Half, a shorter distance option that finishes in downtown Las Vegas and sold-out with 2,500 participants. The 2014 ½ of the Half will include a dynamic post-race festival in the brand new Container Park.
New in 2014, runners have the option of purchasing a VIP package to add to the ultimate Las Vegas experience. The new VIP packages, available at StripAtNight.com, provide three options for runners to gain exclusive marathon access throughout the weekend. The packages include perks such as private packet pick up at the Expo, Start and Finish Line VIP access, Canyon Ranch SpaClub Gift Cards, and upgraded refreshments.
“With the addition of VIP packages, our goal is to provide participants with the ability to experience a first class, behind the red rope weekend that epitomizes the allure of Sin City,” added Zocks. “Moving to the November date and giving the marathon its own weekend on the Las Vegas event calendar was tremendously successful by all accounts. We look forward to rolling out additional events that will take place throughout the weekend, which we know runners of all ability levels won’t want to miss.”
The 2014 marathon weekend begins with a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo where all participants go to pick up their race number, swag bag and t-shirt. The ultimate running resource will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15 and will feature more than 100 running and fitness retailers, exhibits and a full series of interactive clinics.
For more information about the virtual kickoff run or to register for the event, visit StripatNight.com and follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.
About Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas
A Competitor Group event, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America will take over the world famous Las Vegas Strip on Sunday night, November 16, 2014. Since 2009, more than $20 million has been raised for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America at the Las Vegas race and the event annually generates $165 million in annual economic impact to the region. Race participants enjoy the sights and sounds of lavish hotels, world-class entertainment and some of Vegas’ hottest music sensations performing on the course.
In addition to live bands performing at each mile along the course, the Las Vegas event is renowned for hundreds of people running dressed as Elvis. The infamous Running Elvi will rock the strip in white lycra, sequins and wigs to add their own Las Vegas flair. Every year the event also includes a Run-Thru Wedding Chapel where runners in love can tie the knot or renew their vows on the route. The finish line venue in front of the Mirage Volcano is conveniently located less than one mile from more than 15 resorts, offering runners a short walk back to their respective hotel after completing the race. For more information about Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas, visit StripatNight.com and follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.