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Fun Facts About The Rock ‘N’ Roll Las Vegas Weekend

We have some facts and tips taking you behind-the-scenes of the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas weekend.

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Photo by Ryan Bethke
Photo by Ryan Bethke

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Weekend is quickly approaching on Nov. 15. Runners will take to Sin City to run the iconic Las Vegas strip at night and we have some fun facts from behind-the-scenes of the one-of-a-kind race.

Fun fact: Did you think the bibs come neatly organized in their respective bins under the appropriate signage as you walk in? Nope! The process of sorting bibs into their file folders is an all-hands-on-deck affair. Once the expo is 99 percent set up, upwards of 20 staff members file away every single square number that will pin to a runner’s shirt

Fun fact: When Snoop Dogg canceled as headliner in 2014, Macklemore stepped in to entertain. He hit the stage just hours following a huge loss for the Seattle Seahawks. Since he’s a die-hard Seattle fan, curious staff feared negative effects on the singer’s performance. However, the “Thrift Shop” extraordinaire is a professional and put his feelings aside for a few hours of jamming!

Fun fact: Same-sex marriage was legalized in Nevada just months before the 2014 event, so this will be the second year that the popular mile-3 Run-Thru Wedding can and will host gay and lesbian couples ready to tie the knot during the race. It’s expected that close to 150 total duos will renew their vows or say, “I do!” for the first time on the course.

Fun fact: This writer has been a part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Vegas crew in past years (WR is owned by the same company), and one of her fondest memories is the salivating effects of a post-breakdown milkshake, burger and curly fries at 2:30 a.m. at BLT Burger in The Mirage after the final piece of trash was cleared off the boulevard. Cheers!

The event-week wristband offers a festival-like VIP feel to all runners by unlocking special offers all around The Strip.

The finish-line area is nearly half-a-mile long. This allows race organizers to accommodate peak finishing times for the bulk of runners— thousands cross in as little as 10 minutes of each other. Save some legs for your victory lap!

The nightclub feel as you transcend those final few steps comes from lasers and lights. Throw your arms into the air and cruise through the finish to the tune of a fresh PR!

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Registration is still available at the expo (Nov. 12-14) for this year’s half and full marathons, both happening on Sunday, Nov. 15. Online registration for 2016 will open on Nov. 16 for the 5K, 10K, half and full marathon. Want to “remix” your experience in Sin City? Sign up to run the 5K on Saturday night and one of the other three races on Sunday night. Learn more about special discounts and registration at

Read More About Running The Strip At Night:
Your Guide To The Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Weekend Experience
An Exclusive Look At Famous Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas