I realize that I have yet to post a out recap of my race for the Rock n Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon. It’s mostly in the podcast, but not everyone will take the time to listen.
Anyhow ….. since the recording I’ve learned things like Competitor Group knew there was a shortage of medals prior to the race. The CEO of Competitor Group, Peter Englehart, knew of this, ran the half marathon race with his wife, and they both accepted medals. In an interview with Peter on The Marathon Show it was made clear that he (Peter) was the race director of this event.
Since when do race directors run their own event?
Also, he took a medal that should have gone to a finisher who paid $140-160 to compete in this race. Did you read above that he knew there was a shortage of medals for this race?
There are so many things that went wrong with this race that I don’t even know where to begin — other than to say that no matter what they do to make changes for this Vegas race I will never race it again.
I feel so incredibly lucky that I had friends and my brother there to escort us out of Mandalay Bay before all hell broke loose. From what I’ve read runners were passing out, needed medical attention, the Michael Jackson show let out and there was a rush of moonwalkers merging with the runners at the casino … and they were all trying to leave at the same time. There was pushing and shoving on the course, the water was contaminated at some point leaving a lot of runners puking on the course, in the finishers area as well as in Mandalay Bay.
Rock n Roll has sent out a mea culpa survey that if we fill out we get $10 off our next race.
$10? How insulting.
You can read all of the good, bad and ugly on the Rock n Roll Las Vegas Marathon Facebook wall.
Here’s a copy of my notes of things I covered, or at least meant to, in the podcast:
- Las Vegas Rock n Roll Strip At Night half marathon, Sunday, Dec. 5th , total of 44,000 runners.
- Full started at 4 pm, had a 4:30 time limit, only about 3000 runners according to the results page.
- Half started at 5:30 pm, had a 4 hour time limit.
- Weather: about 40 degrees.
- What I wore: capris, long sleeved Lakefront Marathon tech shirt, Ragnar Ambassador jacket, winter running hat and tech gloves.
- How we got to the starting line: lots of pushing, shoving, following the person in front of you, crawling through shrubs, over fences and through fences.
- Agreed upon meeting place after the race: Mandalay Bay under the tattoo parlor sign.
- Corrals: supposed to be in 23, moved up to 17, could only make it to 15 because of how crowded the staging area was.
- Poorly lit start & finish.
- Left hand lane was for 26.2, right and lanes was for 13.1 – we did not know about this and while there were small orange cones every half of a Vegas block with a sign taped to it, the font size was probably 36 and most of the cones were tipped over. There were people on
bikes , but I didn’t hear them saying anything about lanes.
- Marathoners were very vocal about people being in their lanes, to the defense of the half marathoners, we didn’t know where the merge area was between the two events.
- It wasn’t very clear about the lanes and that we couldn’t spread out.
- Water stations, Cytomax.
- Nesa & I stayed together for about 2.5 miles and then I slowed down a bit.
- Jeff & Becca at Circus Circus, mile 3.25-ish.
- Once we passed the Stratosphere we entered a darker area, traveled around Freemont St., not as many spectators. Hard to visualize the route, however that is one thing that I enjoy about a night run.
- Around mile 7 is where water tables were tipped over, signaling no water, yet if you went ahead there was water – you just needed to get to it.
- Volunteers dipping the cups & hands into the water pitchers.
- Gu handed out.
- Salt packets.
- Mile 9.5 saw Jeff & Becca again, stopped for a picture with them and to hear how far ahead Nesa was.
- Who knew the strip would be a slow uphill on the way back?? It was. My glutes told me so, my Garmin confirmed later.
- Practically had to WALK into the finish line because there was such a back-up.
- Milwaukee runners: imagine running Storm the Bastille, only 4x in a row and then there were medals and a closed off finishing area at the end. THAT.
- Had decided not to do drop bags because we had Jeff & Nesa to drop off & pick up. THANKFUL!
- They were tossing the mylar blankets and if you caught one you got it.
- Medals were just handed to you, not put around your neck. Is that odd?
- Back up at the replenishment area, no signage.
- More back up at the photo area.
- I stopped in the medical tent to see if they had inhalers. I don’t know how you could see anything in there, it was DARK. The answer was no. I started to feel the need for my inhaler around miles 10-11, I totally forgot to take it pre-race.
- Trying to get out of the finish area was a joke.
- Then trying to get to Mandalay Bay was another joke. Hurdled shrubs. It was SO CLOSE but SO FAR AWAY. And then it started to rain and the wind kicked up. I actually ran to the hotel because I was so cold & my Reynaud’s had kicked in.
- Found Nesa. She puked on the course twice.
- Jeff & Becca met us by The Hotel, went to Circus Circus to change & then to dinner.
- Got home around 11:30?
- In the morning I started to read all the tweets that the race just got worse after I was done.