Dragon Racer

Never doubt the fire in a half-marathoner’s belly, especially when the half-marathoner happens to be a glowing golden dragon. An estimated 30,000 runners—most of them without scales or forked tongues—hit the nighttime streets for the Zappos.com Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half-Marathon on Dec. 2.

Kenya’s Jonathan Ndambuki won the men’s marathon in 2 hours, 32 minutes. Nuta Olaru of Longmont, Colo., won the women’s marathon in 2:51. The dragon apparently finished the half-marathon in 3:13, more than two hours off the pace.