Las Vegas is a runner's city! There's a multitude of running clubs and training groups full of devotees who hit the pavement every day. Some runners are trying to improve their timing, others are training for endurance, and there is always a person or two training for their first race. Luckily, Las Vegas is host to many popular race events!
I enjoy 5k's, and while I have not personally run a marathon myself, I engage with runners who do. They describe the "runners high" that they experience when completing a race as a total state of euphoria. There are marathons, half-marathons, 10k's, 5k's, 1k fun runs/walks as well as virtual run options events in Vegas. Most races offer finishers medals, and some distinguish top finishers per age group. Some of the popular & upcoming races for 2020 include:
5K/1M - Individual, Teams or Virtual
8:00 am - Sunday, September 27, 2020 - Downtown Las Vegas
This race is to commemorate the anniversary of One October and honor the memory of those who lost their lives that day as well as the survivors. The proceeds of this race will be donated to One October Victim funds.
Half * 10K * 5K * 1 Mile - Individual, Teams or Virtual
8:00 am - Saturday, October 31, 2020 - PKWY Tavern – Western Beltway Trail
Ready for some Trick or Treat Fun? Start your Halloween out on the right foot and dress up in your favorite costume to walk or run in this event! There are four options: Half, 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile. Prizes will be awarded for costumes!
Half - Individual, Teams or Virtual
7:15 am - Saturday, November 7, 2020 - Downtown Summerlin
This event, normally held in April, was rescheduled this year to November 7th, 2020. The Summerlin Half Marathon is held in conjunction with Tour De Summerlin and Downtown Summerlin's "Wellness Day." Following the race, participants will have a variety of wellness activities/vendors, children's activities, wellness classes, food, entertainment, and more to enjoy! The Summerlin Half Marathon Awards for Overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Male and Female Finishers and Age Division 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers.
10K * 5K * 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk - Individual, Teams or Virtual
8:00 am - Thursday, November 26, 2020 - PKWY Tavern – Western Beltway Trail
Before the pumpkin pie, before the turkey dinner, how about a run? This is a great event for individuals and/or families to start out the Holiday! This event offers a 10K, 5K, 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk and there are finishers medals for all!
10K * 5K * 1 Mile - Individual, Teams or Virtual
10:00 am - Saturday, December 12, 2020 - PKWY Tavern – Western Beltway Trail
Looking for something special to put under or on the tree? Why not a race finishers medal! This pre-holiday event offers a 10K, 5K, as well as a 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk option, and there are finishers medals for all!
For those that are interested in running and/or one of the upcoming races but aren't quite sure how to start, there are many running groups in Vegas as well! Jus Run, as an example, has running and training groups to assist with run training. All groups are held in compliance of current CDC guidelines, and they are walker-friendly. Well, the weather is gorgeous outside, and with the next scheduled race event less than a couple of months of way, it's the perfect time to go outside and run Vegas!