MOUNTAIN WEST REGION
Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon
Nov. 17, Las Vegas
There is not a more fitting location for this on-the-road party than the Las Vegas Strip, which is closed to traffic for the event. Scenic courses for the full marathon, half marathon and “Half of the Half” 6.5-mile races pass some of the strip’s most famous spots, including the famous Mirage volcano, along the way. Both the full and half marathons also peruse through famed Fremont Street, boasting the “Fremont Street Experience” as one of the awesome perks of this nighttime run. Don’t forget to wave at the runners in orange—their jerseys are not only fitting for this neon run, but they also represent Team Challenge, the charity-team beneficiary for the entire event. And for those who get a little distracted along the way, the full marathon cut-off time has been upped to five hours this year.
Ugly Sweater Run Tempe
Nov. 23, Tempe, Ariz.
Offering 5K races around the country for those ugly sweater owners, this race series hits Tempe in November. The event offers hot chocolate at the finish line, as well as alcohol options for those itching to numb the pain of wearing your more hideous attire. Participants are encouraged to bring a toy to donate to the local Toys for Tots chapter—there will be a huge inflatable Christmas tree for all donations collected.
RMRR Wash Park 4.5-miler
Dec. 1; Denver
Rocky Mountain Road Runners wraps up its 12-event series with the fast and furious (and sometimes frigid) 4.5-mile race at Denver’s famous Washington Park. Similar to the Colorado Masters Running/Racewalking Association deal, RMRR includes a year’s worth of monthly events for just $35—otherwise races cost just $10 to enter and are open to all. The “trophy” series, ranging from 2- to 10-mile runs, groups member runners by handicap and tracks times throughout the year.