Local participants and spectators encouraged to carpool and arrive early
Las Vegas, NV – Starting at 3:00 am on Sunday, December 6, roads throughout the local community will be closed for the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon. Approximately 27,000 participants are expected to run the marathon and half marathon. Streets will reopen on a rolling basis as soon as the last participant has passed and all course support materials have been removed.
Between 3:00 am and 5:30 am, local authorities and event personnel will implement road closures along the race course. The majority of road closures and detours will be in effect between 4:00 am and 2:00 pm. The race begins at 6:15 am on Las Vegas Boulevard adjacent to Mandalay Bay.
“Residents should anticipate delays due to street closures. We encourage all residents and businesses located near the race course to plan ahead and be aware of alternate access routes,” said Adam Zocks, General Manager of the event. “Once the roads are closed, vehicles will not be allowed to cross the marathon course.”
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas event will close Las Vegas Boulevard to all vehicular traffic with 27,000 runners in both the northbound and southbound lanes of the Strip. To access properties on the east side of Las Vegas Blvd, approach the Strip from the east, using Paradise Road as the north / south route to Sahara Ave, Desert Inn Road, Flamingo Road or Tropicana Avenue. These roads will provide access to enter the back or side entrances of the individual resorts and casinos. To access the hotels on the west side of the Strip, vehicles must approach from the west, using Interstate-15 to Sahara Avenue, Spring Mountain Road, Flamingo Road or Tropicana Avenue/Frank Sinatra to arrive at the back entrances of the hotel properties.
No area freeways will be closed on race day. Motorists wishing to cross the course – east of Decatur, south of Twain and north of Hacienda – will have to take Interstate 15. After 4:00 am, all traffic exiting Interstate 15 at any exit between Russell Road, Tropicana, Flamingo, Spring Mountain, Sahara and Charleston will not be able to cross Las Vegas Blvd. heading eastbound. Traffic from these exits will be directed westbound, unless accessing a hotel on the west side of Las Vegas Blvd. During the race, motorists are advised to use Desert Inn Drive to cross (under) Las Vegas Blvd. Eastbound access across Las Vegas Blvd. will reopen between 8:00 am and 11:00 am.
Residents living in neighborhoods along Twain Ave, Decatur Blvd, Hacienda Ave. and Rainbow Blvd. will be impacted by street closures race morning. Specific closures affecting neighborhoods along the route are as follows:
- Twain Avenue: On the marathon course, Twain Avenue will be closed from Industrial to Decatur. (5:30-10:45 am). We encourage residents of impacted properties to visit the race website – www.competitor.com/community – for detailed access routes.
- Decatur Blvd: Northbound Decatur Blvd. will be closed from Hacienda to Twain (5:30-11:15 am). Southbound Decatur Blvd. will remain open to Reno Avenue, and be closed between Reno Ave and Hacienda Ave.
- Hacienda Avenue: Will be closed from Durango to Las Vegas Blvd. (5:30 am – 2:00 pm). Traffic will be allowed on eastbound Hacienda Ave., east of Decatur Blvd. Churchgoers, attending Sunday Service at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, can approach from the south taking Russell Road and turning north on Torrey Pines Drive, right on Mesa Vista Avenue and left on El Camino Road. Alternate routes and access lanes maybe provided for the communities and complexes affected by the road closures. For more information, visit www.competitor.com/community.
- Rainbow Blvd: Will be closed (5:30 am – 1:30 pm) from Hacienda to Tropicana.
Various exit lanes will be provided for neighborhoods with restricted access along the course. To visit Spring Valley Hospital during the marathon, approach from the south, using Russell Road to connect with northbound Rainbow Blvd. and turn right on Diablo Drive into hospital parking lots.
RTC Metro will be affected and bus riders should expect detours and delays on race day, from approximately 2:30 am – 12:30 pm. Due to marathon road closures, the Deuce service on Las Vegas Blvd will not operate throughout the morning. Service will resume as soon as roads are opened. For additional information before race day, contact Regional Transportation Commission Customer Service at 702-228-7433 (RIDE) or visit www.rtcsnv.com.
Spectators are encouraged to line the race course to cheer on runners as they pass through Las Vegas neighborhoods. Band stages will be placed approximately every mile on the route. Please visit the race website to find band locations at http://las-vegas.competitor.com.
For additional information on road closures and other detours, visit www.competitor.com/community.
About Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon
The inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon powered by Zappos.com to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America will take place on December 6, 2009, when more than 25,000 runners and walkers are expected to be at the start line on race morning. The marathon and half marathon courses give runners a one-of-a-kind view of the famed Las Vegas Strip, which will be closed to all vehicular traffic and reserved exclusively for race participants.
A two-day Performance Expo, featuring over 100 vendors from the running, health and fitness industries, will take place at Mandalay Bay on Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5. All race participants must visit the expo to pick up their race number, timing tag, T-shirt and goodie bag. To register for the race or for more information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon, visit http://las-vegas.competitor.com or contact the Competitor Group at 800-311-1255.
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