Las Vegas Marathon was first held in 1967 and it is considered among the oldest marathons in the U.S, featuring thousands of runners annually from all over the world.
More than 35,000 runners registered to participate in this year’s marathon and half marathon.
The longer races took place on Sunday afternoon, with the 10k run starting at 3:50 p.m and the half and full marathons starting at 4:30 p.m.
Kesha to headline Rock’n’Roll Las Vegas Marathon
Along the line of the marathon, many parties and concerts were held over the weekend with renowned artists including Kesha.
Singer song-writer Kesha headlined the event. And this made her the first female artist to ever headline Rock’n’Roll Las Vegas Marathon
The concert was held at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds last Saturday after the 5k run. The concert was moved to 7 p.m on Saturday this year to allow more people to enjoy the show.
“Closing down the Las Vegas Strip for runners is a big deal, and we wanted to find a performer to match that level of excitement over race weekend—Kesha fits the bill perfectly and should give our participants a great ‘shake out’ after the 5K and before Sunday’s 10K, half marathon and marathon,” race director Stacey Campbell told Runner’s World.
He also added, “Kesha’s music embodies the inclusive and energetic nature of the running community, and the new Saturday night concert will set the tone for an unforgettable experience for participants and the local community. We’re thrilled that she will be the first female headliner to grace the Humana Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas stage.”
According to Kesha, singing for runners was a new experience for her. She said in a statement to Runners World that “it’s an honour to join the acclaimed performers that have headlined this event in previous years, and I can’t wait to bring my own wild, fun, and hopefully encouraging running-conducive energy for everyone to enjoy for the big race.”
35,000 runners aim to accomplish the gruelling race
Registered runners for all distances were able to enjoy the concert for free. They even had the option to invite one guest along!
For many marathoners, though, completing the gruelling race is an accomplishment in and of itself. One well worth the price of registration.
“To be able to do it, even though I’m doing it slower, is more meaningful because of my age,” said 60-year-old Randy Lazer, who is preparing to run his 18th consecutive Las Vegas marathon.
Lazer also mentions that “Every marathon is different. Sometimes I joke that it’s my annual pilgrimage pain. You’re in great shape, and you run it and you’re strong. And when you cross that line, it’s really something.”