Marathon offers a little rocking, a lot of running

For some participants, the Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon is a serious competition. For others, it’s more like a 26.2-mile party. The event, which also includes a half-marathon, is set to start at 7 a.m. Dec. 5 on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Mandalay Bay parking lot, and is expected to attract more than 28,000 entrants. The half-marathon will be run almost entirely on the Strip, as will about half of the main race.

The marathon is a certified course and serves as a “qualifier” for the Boston Marathon, but the event has a variety of features that make it unique to Vegas. Those who aren’t worried about winning or posting a record time can get married on the course in front of the Venetian, can dress like “The King” and join the Running Elvi, listen to bands playing on 21 stages along the main course and then celebrate at 11 a.m. at the finish line with a free concert by Poison frontman Bret Michaels.

Road closures will go into effect along the course between 3 and 5:30 a.m., and streets will reopen after the last participants have passed and course support materials have been removed.

To register for the event or get more information, go to

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