Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon

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Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon
Date December
Location Las Vegas, Nevada
Event type Road
Distance Marathon and half marathon
Established 1967
Official site Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon

The Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is an annual marathon foot-race run around the Las Vegas Strip in parts of the Las Vegas Valley, Nevada. The 26.219-mile (42.195 km) race is one of the oldest marathons in the United States, having been run since 1967.[1]

History[edit]

From 1967-2004 the marathon course was located on several different routes within Clark County, but outside of downtown Las Vegas. The initial concept was to attract nationally and internationally recognized runners; this was partially successful. Morris Aarbo of Canada won the first year with a time of 2:23:06, ahead of two marathoners from Turkey. A notable participant in the inaugural race was Harry Reid, who at the time was involved with local Nevada government.

The subsequent 17 annual races fielded mostly

local runners with a sprinkling of national- and international-caliber runners. When the Las Vegas Sun newspaper scuttled its sponsorship of the marathon in 1969, the recently formed Las Vegas Track Club took over the event. Over the ensuing years, enrollment in the race remained low—in the range of 100 to 200 entrants—until the running boom of 1978 when the numbers bumped up for a year or two. Subsequently, entrants again diminished, with fewer than 102 finishers in 1982.

Finish line at the Renaissance Center in suburban Las Vegas (1983)

In 1983 Al Boka assumed directorship and inaugurated what he expected to be a very fast course starting on State Route 160, high in the Spring Mountains west of Las Vegas on the road to Pahrump. This "fast" course descended approximately 2,900 feet (883.9m) into the valley, finishing at the Renaissance Center located at the corner of East Tropicana and Eastern Avenues. The new course bumped registration up to over 450 participants. However this downhill course proved to be too severe on the runners’ quadriceps, so after three years this route was discontinued. The 1986 marathon course was changed to a smaller, 700-foot (213.36m) vertical drop. The new route headed north on State Route 604 from Jean NV, paralleling Interstate 15 much of the way, to its finish point at Sunset Park. Also beginning in 1986, prize money was offered to 19 age division winners. Later a half marathon was also added to the mix. Boka’s strategy to attract more runners was successful; by 1992 enrollment exceeded 2000.[2] Boka remained race director of the Las Vegas Marathon for 23 years until he sold the event in 2005 to Devine Racing, a Chicago-based race organization company, which was also responsible for several other races, including the Los Angeles Marathon. That year the marathon date was changed from January to December after securing Las Vegas Events endorsement along with approval of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Both organizations were motivated by attracting visitors during the "slower" December time period and their consent was necessary for holding any large downtown event. The racecourse itself was moved from suburban Clark County to the Las Vegas "Strip" and partially in the city of Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon loop courses - 2005 to 2008
Number of finishers each year from 1967 to present

This loop course between 2005 and 2008 began and finished at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. After heading north on Las Vegas Boulevard (The Strip), to the Fremont Street Experience and the Downtown area, the course meandered

further northwest of the city and ultimately looped back to the west before reaching Mandalay Bay’s parking lot at the finish. The Half Marathon Course remained along the Strip.

In 2009 the race was acquired by the Competitor Group, Inc. and incorporated into its Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series and the course was changed for a fourth time since 1982. Currently, the full marathon begins on Las Vegas Boulevard heading north through the Downtown casino area, proceeds further to the northwest, turns around and finishes again on the strip near the Mirage and Venetian Casinos.[3]

Winners[edit]

      Event record

Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
2013  Jason Brosseau (USA) 2:35:26  Nuta Olaru (USA) 2:58:46
2012  Jonathan Ndambuki (USA) 2:32:24  Nuta Olaru (ROM) 2:51:31
2011[4]  Peter Omae (KEN) 2:29:12  Zsofia Erdelyi (HUN) 2:48:58
2010[5]  Josh Cox (USA) 2:25:05  Dorota Gruca (POL) 2:44:36
2009[6]  Christopher Toroitich (KEN) 2:15:15  Caroline Rotich (KEN) 2:29:47
2008[7]  Abebe Yimer (ETH) 2:27:27  Tuptova Nadezhda (RUS) 2:48:20
2007[8]  Christopher Cheboibich (KEN) 2:16:49  Sylvia Skvortsova (RUS) 2:29:01
2006  Joseph Kahugo (KEN) 2:16:19  Jemima Jelagat (KEN) 2:35:12
2005 (Dec)  Stephen Kiogora (KEN) 2:11:56  Adriana Fernandez (MEX) 2:31:54
2005 (Jan)  Gilbert Koech (KEN) 2:13:45  Olga Kovpotina (RUS) 2:31:54
2004  Kevin Herd (USA) 2:28:13  Kari Anne Bertrand (USA) 2:45:46
2003  David Bronfenbrenner (USA) 2:33:34  Linda Huyck (USA) 2:57:48
2002  Abebe Yimer (ETH) 2:18:49  Midori Sperandeo (USA) 2:41:52
2001  Mike Dudley (USA) 2:18:13  Irina Kazakova (FRA) 2:41:56
2000  Rob Reeder (USA) 2:17:15  Joanna Gront (POL) 2:36:00
1999  Zoltan Holba (HUN) 2:16:42  Elena Vinitskaya (BLR) 2:32:43
1998  Zoltan Holba (HUN) 2:14:15  Joanna Gront (POL) 2:43:32
1997  Zoltan Holba (HUN) 2:14:23  Marzena Helbik (POL) 2:32:22
1996  Zoltan Holba (HUN) 2:16:10  Elena Makolova (BLR) 2:40:17
  • 1967 — Morris Aarbo: 2:23:06 Las Vegas Sun Marathon (first course)[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Leydig, Jack & Milroy, Andy (2011-12-05). Las Vegas Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-12-07.
  2. ^ Monograph - The Las Vegas Marathon: A History by Everett C. Chase 1991
  3. ^ http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/las-vegas/
  4. ^ December 2011 AIMS Results. AIMS. Retrieved on 2011-12-07.
  5. ^ "Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon 2010 Results". Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  6. ^ "2009 Race Results". 2009-12-06. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  7. ^ "2008 Race Results". 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  8. ^ "2007 Race Results". 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
List of winners

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