Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon Announces Goo Goo Dolls as Pre-Race Headliner

July 18th, 2017

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon Announces Goo Goo Dolls as Pre-Race Headliner

Three-time Grammy nominated band will perform before the race at Las Vegas Village; Biggest party in running hits the Las Vegas #StripatNight the weekend of November 11 – 12

LAS VEGAS – Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon today announced that the Goo Goo Dolls will headline the pre-race concert. The band will perform for more than 30,000 runners on Sunday, November 12 at 3:00 p.m., prior to the marathon and half marathon start.

“The Goo Goo Dolls are one of the first bands that comes to mind when thinking about the late 90’s and we are thrilled to have them headline this year,” said Alex Bennett, Vice President of Events for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “The band will resonate with runners of all ages and will be a great way to get pumped up before that 13.1 or 26.2-mile journey down the Las Vegas Strip.”

The Goo Goo Dolls reached superstardom in 1997 when they released “Iris” for motion picture City of Angels. The song topped the Billboard charts at number one for four weeks and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Following the success of “Iris,” the band released triple-platinum album, Dizzy Up the Girl, which included “Iris” as well as, “Slide,” “Black Balloon,” “Broadway” and “Dizzy.” The Goo Goo Dolls have also released hits, “Here Is Gone,” “Sympathy” and “Big Machine” and have sold 12 million albums around the world.

The Goo Goo Dolls concert highlights an electrifying weekend of rocking and running as participants span across all eight lanes of Las Vegas Boulevard, shutting down the Las Vegas Strip in extraordinary fashion. Runners of all levels are invited to light up the Las Vegas Strip at night, experiencing the famed boulevard from a unique point of view.

The race returns the weekend of November 11 – 12 and is one of the only private events to exclusively shut down the Las Vegas Strip at night. Race highlights include all the must-see Vegas sights such as the iconic ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign, the Fountains of Bellagio, and the finish line at the foot of the Mirage volcano.

Race weekend begins on Saturday night with the Brooks Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K presented by SLS Las Vegas, followed by Sunday evening hosting the marathon, half marathon and 10K distances. Runners can choose to participate in the “Remix Challenge” and earn a bonus third medal by running in both the 5K on Saturday and any distance on Sunday.

Sunday begins with the Goo Goo Dolls performance at the Las Vegas Village, across from the Luxor. In addition to the headliner concert, live bands and DJs spanning all genres will play along the race courses entertaining and encouraging runners as they make their way to the finish line.

The marathon and half marathon will take off at 4:30 p.m., on Las Vegas Blvd. next to Mandalay Bay. The 10K starts at 4:00 p.m. at an additional start line on Las Vegas Blvd, four miles north of the marathon and half marathon start. All three distances finish at the same location, next to the Mirage Volcano on the Strip.

For more information or to register for Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas, visit or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.



Start Line Photo  (Credit: Ryan Bethke)

About Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon will take over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip the weekend of November 11-12, 2017. Race participants will 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 entertainment along the course, the Las Vegas event is renowned for hundreds of runners dressed as Elvis, known as the Running Elvi. 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 race route. The finish line venue in front of the Mirage Volcano is conveniently located less than one mile from more than 15 hotels, offering runners a short walk back after the race. For more information about Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas, visit and follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.

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