A second Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon to sprint onto Las Vegas Strip
Just before runners in this year’s annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon take off from their marks Nov. 17 for the autumn event, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA, which produces Las Vegas Newswire) has approved $150,000 in funding for a separate spring edition, to be held in April 2021.
The Las Vegas version of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is one of a series of footraces that are held globally. The local edition closes the Strip to vehicular traffic as runners take off against the glittering lights.
The autumn event is expected to attract approximately 58,000 visitors, garnering an economic impact surpassing $214 million. The new spring race is expected to attract 15,000 visitors, adding more than $55 million to local coffers.
This year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is an all-weekend event, Nov. 16-17. On Nov. 16, the Las Vegas Convention Center will host a daylong health and fitness expo. A 5K race will take off from the Las Vegas Festival Grounds at 6 p.m., followed by a concert headlined by Kesha.
On Nov. 17, the 10K race will begin at the Festival Grounds at 3:50 p.m., and the marathon and half-marathon will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Las Vegas Boulevard between Harmon and Park avenues, with the route stretching from Las Vegas Boulevard near McCarran International Airport, to Fremont Street. Expect post-race parties to crop up on the Strip route as well.