2011 Las Vegas Rock N Roll Marathon

A few months ago, the Rock N Roll Marathon folks released the info about the largest EVER nighttime running race in Las Vegas.  I saw everyone tweeting about it, so I rushed over to the website to check it out and see a video preview of the race.

After seeing that video, I knew I had to run this race.  I’ve run a Rock N Roll race before and absolutely LOVED every minute of the excitement, positive support, and music bands along the way.  With every runner, there is a bucket list of races.  A nighttime race is one of mine, and this couldn’t have come in a better package.  When I signed up for this race, I couldn’t believe that I was going to be doing my first out-of-state marathon in LAS VEGAS.  Wow, the guts!  My family is making this one big family vacation.  I know some other couples who are running the race too, so it will be super fun!  So far, all that any of us have paid for is the registration costs for the race.  It was a two-day only registration in March, but registration will re-open at 12:00 AM May 31stThe race will take place on December 4th, 2011.

Plans For VEGAS

I know some of you were thinking about doing this race, but haven’t made your mind up.  Allow me to make your mind up for you.  Here are some of our preliminary plans for Vegas.

Where To Stay?

The hotel is the first thing we are paying for, and we’ll reserve it by June, if possible.  The ideal hotel would be the Mandalay Bay.

It is the start and finish line.  And according to my twitter friends, this is usually the sponsoring hotel which offers discounts.  I asked RnR organizers about it, and they told me they didn’t have a confirmed hotel sponsor yet.  I’m assuming that when registration opens back up again (May 31st), they will have more hotel information.  Anyways, according to my source, the hotel will cost $140 for Friday and Saturday night.  The race will take place Sunday evening.  If you want to stay Sunday and Monday, the hotel will be $49 for each of those nights.

If Mandalay Bay is full, we are preparing to stay at The Wynn Las Vegas Resort & Casino.  View the hotel here.

This is the hotel where Garth Brooks is doing his concert show!  WoW!  Another option is the Luxor Hotel, which is right across the street from the race.  Of course, both of these options would be more expensive because they aren’t the sponsoring hotels.

Places to go, People to see?

This will be my first time in Vegas.  I want to have fun, y’all!  We’re looking into several shows and sights.

We want to go see the Zumanity Cirque de Soleil Show.

So kinky.We hear this show is amazing!

This show explores the different realms of sexuality through stunning imagery, aerialists, comical vignettes and sultry dancing. Unlike other Cirque du Soleil productions, Zumanity has no storyline. Instead, this highly eroticized, cabaret-style spectacular has an array of unique characters whose performances are each themed by different elements of sexuality A bonus?  The show offers a 35% student and military discount!  Check out pricing and see a video preview here.  Everyone I know who has seen this show says it’s a must-see!

The Mandalay Bay Hotel Shark Reef Aquarium

Here you will come face-to-face with some of the earth’s most fascinating creatures in North America’s only predator-based aquarium and exhibit. See sharks of all kinds, along with sawfish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, moon jellies and the rare golden crocodiles. In all, there are over 2,000 animals in 1.6 million gallons of seawater.  Adult tickets are $18.

The Shoppes at Mandalay Palace

On race day, we want to lay really low key.  Because the race is during the evening, we will have all day to sleep in see Las Vegas.  However, we don’t want to do a ton of walking, so I’m planning on hotel hopping.  You know what hotel hopping is right?  Like club hopping, only you’re going between big fancy hotels to see what their shops, casinos and attractions are like.  Hotel hopping.

New York New York Roller Coaster

Located at the New York New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, The Roller Coaster will lift you up 203 feet, drop you down 144 feet and leave you coasting at 67 mph. This Las Vegas ride experience simulates a jet fighter’s barrel roll while taking you on the famous “heartline” twist.  I normally don’t ride roller coasters, because I don’t want to fall to my death.  But, this looks like such a fun ride for only $14.  Plus, I wanna see all the crazy people who actually get married on this rollercoaster!

What to eat?

Giorgio’s Ristorante

For the pre-race meal, it is important to carbo load the night before.  Now, since we are running a NIGHT time race, I have no clue when the carbo loading meal should take place.  Any advice here?  Well, whenever we do eat our pasta meal, it will be at this restaurant.  Of all of the surrounding hotels and Italian restuarants, this one offers the class for an affordable price.  Plus, all of the reviews are stellar!  Here is the menu.

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We can’t wait for Vegas!  Are there any cool places in Vegas that we must see?  Are you considering running the world’s largest nighttime race ever? DOOOOOOO IT!!!!

XOXO

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