- Annual nighttime running event returns to the Las Vegas Strip, November 10-11 with 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon distances - Live race day coverage on Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Facebook page beginning at 4:15 p.m. PT
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 8, 2018) – The 2018 Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon gives runners the once in a lifetime opportunity to run on closed lanes of the famed Las Vegas Boulevard. The world’s largest nighttime running event, which will host approximately 40,000 runners this year, returns this weekend, November 10-11.
Runners of all levels will light up the Las Vegas Strip at night as the only private event to exclusively shut down the famed boulevard. The course gives runners a one of a kind nighttime running experience past iconic Las Vegas sights such as the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign, the Bellagio Fountains, Fremont St. and downtown Las Vegas before finishing in front of the Mirage Hotel & Casino. This year, for the first time ever, fans around the world will be able to tune-in to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Facebook page for a 4-hour live broadcast of the race beginning at 4:15 p.m. PT on Sunday.
Race weekend kicks off with a Health & Fitness Expo today, Thursday, Nov. 8 and will run from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., continuing on Friday, Nov. 9 from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The expo will showcase vendors featuring the latest in running gear, nutrition and training and is free and open to the public.
The running will start on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas 5K presented by Brooks followed by the marathon, half marathon and 10K distances on Sunday evening. After the 5K, runners will enjoy musical group, Ozomatli, at the finish line stage for the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Concert Series. 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.
Race organizers previously announced a new start line for the course at the heart of Las Vegas Blvd. between Harmon Ave. and Park Ave. In addition, the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series featuring headlining act, Capital Cities, will be held Sunday before the marathon and half marathon at the start-line festival. The concert is free and open for all runners, family, friends and the local community.
In addition to the headliner concert, live bands and DJs of every genre will play along the race courses entertaining and encouraging runners as they make their way to the finish line.
Additional historical facts and stats for this year’s Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon:
- This will be the 10th year of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon
- The event will welcome 40,000 total registered participants (includes 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon)
- Runners are traveling from all 50 states and 86 countries
- Some runners are traveling as far as United Arab Emirates, Australia, China, and South Africa
- 40 percent of participants are male
- 60 percent of participants are female
- Edward Lyons is the oldest male participant at 86 to participate in the 5K and 10K and Giovanna Schaefer is the oldest female participant at 84 for the 10K
- Ilan Ahdout is the youngest male runner at 11 to participate in the Half Marathon and Samantha Patel is the youngest female runner at 11 to participate in the Half Marathon
- 93 percent of the runners are from outside of the State of Nevada
- More than 2,000 volunteers will help make the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon and ½ Marathon a success
For more information or to register for the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon, visit RunRocknRoll.com/Las-Vegas. For more information on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, please visit www.runrocknroll.com. Media may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® is the world’s largest running series with more than 600,000 runners taking part in over 30 destination events around the world every year. Established in 1998, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series simple idea of making running fun has transformed both the U.S. and global running landscape by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations, creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators alike. Focused on running, music and community, race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo showcasing the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information and much more. Events culminate with an entertaining finish-line festival featuring some of the biggest names in music, with past performances including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, O.A.R. Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, Flo Rida, The Band Perry, Fitz and the Tantrums, the Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels. Further information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series can be found online at www.RunRocknRoll.com and follow @RunRocknRoll on all social platforms.
As part of Wanda Sports Holdings, the IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon® Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, trail running like Ultra-Trail Australia™, and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 230 events across 53 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.