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Sprinting In Heels? Only In Vegas!

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 30, 2011
  • Updated Nov. 30, 2011 at 10:29 AM UTC
Over 500 heel-wearing participants will be sprinting for charity this weekend in Las Vegas. Photo: Look Young Atlanta

“Dancing with the Stars” host Brooke Burke headlines the event.

Over 500 heel-wearing participants will be sprinting for charity this weekend in Las Vegas. Photo: Look Young Atlanta

Most runners flocking to “Sin City” this weekend for the Zappos.com Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas have their bags packed with the essentials: running shoes, GUs, and sleek singlets. But for some, they are bringing some completely different running attire: high heels.

On Saturday, the day before the marathon and half marathon, women (and some men, presumably) will be strapping on their heels for a good cause.  The Rock ‘n’ Roll Stiletto Dash presented by the Palazzo brings in “Dancing with the Stars’” Brooke Burke to host the event, which entails running as fast as you can in heels for 50 yards.

The unique race is for a good cause; it benefits two charities: the local Las Vegas-based Opportunity Village, a not-for-profit organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities, and Operation Smile, a nonprofit that treats facial deformities such as cleft lips and palates worldwide.

Close to 500 participants are expected to compete in multiple heats. The overall winner will receive $5,000.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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