Anybody signed up for the Rock n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon?
Should be a great day, with the race starting at 4:30pm and finishing on the strip in front of Caesars Palace around 9pm. Then straight into a casino to "celebrate"!
The runners perks for this race seem incredible. 50% off the Mirage buffet makes that a shoe-in for the pre-race lunch, open bar for runners after the race at some establishment in MGM Grand. Not so keen on the pre-race concert from Snoopy Dogg Dogg though, but hey-ho. Whatever floats your boat!
Pete, a good place to meet people after the race is around the Museum of Natural History (around 80-85th St) on the west side of Central Park. Dont underestimate the amount of walking you'll have to do after the finish line, just to get your belongings back!
With regards to the course, its hilly in places. The bridges (specifically Verrazano and Queenboro) are horrible. 5th Ave & Central Park are undulating, so try to keep something in the tank for the last 3-4 miles. And finally, enjoy the descent from the Queensboro Bridge (where there are no crowds) down onto 1st Avenue (where they are 3-4 deep!). The noise on that stretch is incredible!
Not only do I wear earphones, but I also take a portable DVD player with me. The extended versions of any of the Lord of the Rings trilogy pretty much see me through an entire marathon, and on average I only run into about 100 people per race. Thats around 0.5 - 1% of participants. A very low percentage! I like to block out as much of the event as possible!