Here’s part two of my Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Weekend trip!
So the morning of the half marathon arrived and it was FREEZING. Yes, it was windy and cold. So my first goal was to find warm clothes for running and walking around. I found the closest mall to my hotel was The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace but it was still quite a walk. I ate quick breakfast and walked over. Found a few things at Gap and H&M that would keep me warm and hoped for the best.
Getting to the start line was also quite a process. I took the monorail as far south as I could, think it’s MGM Grand, then walked in and out of all the hotels to get to Mandalay Bay. Since it was gusting winds up to 40mph I waited with Kristie in the casino until it was time to get into our corral. We met a very nice British man who was running the marathon as a Boston qualifier. I think he ran a BQ (!!) I wish I was that fast!
We got into the corral and realized that this was not the race to run fast, it would be a feat of running smart because of the severe headwind and rain we would have on the last 4 miles toward the finish. The race started and we south toward the Las Vegas sign and then made our way to the center of the strip. In years past I’ve heard there are lots of spectators. This year not so much because of the wind. All of the neon was flashing and the music was blasting, it was super fun. As we made our way to Old Vegas and the Pawn Stars Pawn Shop it started to get dark. There weren’t many lights. As we made a turn we saw a few people almost wipe out on manhole covers because of the rain earlier in the day. I was so happy to see the Clif Bar fuel station with lights and music. I can’t imagine how lonely the marathon would be if it were that dark the majority of the race.
We then turned on the rest of the strip and has a massive headwind. It was pretty much buckle down and do work to get to the finish line. I am not a huge fan of straight-a-ways but the Las Vegas Strip is an exception. There was so much going on with the lights and people around I didn’t have to think about the horrible wind. As we got close to the finish Kristie and I both picked it up and made it in a respectable time. I was so happy I ran with Kristie otherwise I don’t know how I would have made it!
The finish chute was super organized compared to other Rock ‘n’ Roll Races. Even the remix and other medals line was quick. (My medal is defective, the little slots are not on the right way but I could care less!) Kristie got her sweet roadie medal and we went to the Bellagio fountain for photos. I was so cold we snapped a few quick photos, said goodbye and went on our separate ways. Side note: Kristie and I are now facebook friends and hope to meet up at RnR Las Vegas next year!
I went back to the hotel showed then set out to find food. I got a seat at the bar at Yard House. I’ve never been so hungry after a race! I ate a full burger, two orders of fries, and at least two beers. Gotta stay hydrated!
Overall I enjoyed my trip to Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas weekend. I wish the weather held up but overall it was super fun and I can’t wait to do it again!
Have you ever been to Las Vegas? What was your favorite part?