Rock n Roll Half Marathon Las Vegas Race Report – Valerie Blaylock

Race: Rock n Roll 1/2 Marathon Las Vegas

Runner: Valerie Blaylock

Race Date: 02/27/2022

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Results: 2:02.16

3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

All of the lights! The race didn’t start until 4:30pm so it was really awesome to run along the big lights. The coordination of the whole thing. Rock n Roll did a really amazing job trying to start 25,000 people and keep them from a total bottleneck situation. They also had an impressive amount of aid stations and a bio freeze stop for a quick spray down.

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

The worst part was starting at 4:30pm. It was so hard to wait around Vegas and not do too much. The road itself was uneven and full of potholes and those tiny lights in between the lanes. I was worried I’d trip and fall once it got dark.

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

Seeing Elvis sing during a wedding ceremony at a tiny chapel along the route to a bride in a see through dress!

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

It’s a flat, super easy course. The volunteers were amazing and there were so many. I was impressed with how many people came out of the casinos to watch. It was rad to have people cheering you on along the whole course instead of just parts.

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

Stick to the meal plan for the day. The race jitters just escalate as you wait around making you not as hungry. Follow the plan, EAT!

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

Make sure your room is far from the casino. We had a non smoking room but right next to the casino where smoking was allowed.

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

It’s just an out and back but the mountains at dusk behind the hotels was nice. The lights and the crazy parts of Vegas were fun but I am not sure about pretty.

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

Not at all.

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

So very organized. They did an incredible job keeping 25,000 moving as we started. It did take 30 min from our start time to actually start but I couldn’t complain because once we did start there wasn’t the huge bottleneck that I’ve experiences with other races.

Competition – Is there a strong field?

Yes, but probably because it is a flat course and good for a PR.

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.

Register the sooner the better for pricing but that’s it. Vegas had so much going on that weekend but we had no problem getting around or getting a room. No special handshake needed!

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

Gatorade and water at every station and they put them on both sides of the street which was so smart! Gatorade Gu at one around mile 8 or so.

Weather and typical race conditions

Beautiful. Sunny and 65 degrees. It was cold once I stopped running but they had those foil blankets.

Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next runner?

Nope, unless you don’t like stopping at the aid stations then you’d need a handheld.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

Absolutely. The spectators were great!

How’s the Swag?

The shirt was ok, the material was a bit rough. The medal is awesome. It’s 3 cards that slide open like when you hold them in your hand. They also had so much at the end of the race. Water, bananas, chips, fruit snacks, nonalcoholic beer, wine spritzers etc. I had to get an extra bag for all my goodies!

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?

I do recommend others to run it but being at night seriously changed how I value early races 🙂 I would give it a 4 out of 5.

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