Justin Kent (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada) and Ellie Stevens (Derby, England – resides in Las Vegas, Nev., USA) topped the podium at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Las Vegas Half Marathon
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Feb. 27, 2022) – The Rock ‘n’ Roll® Running Series returned to the Vegas Strip for the first time in over two years as participants got back into the groove for the “World’s Largest Running Party” at the 12th edition of Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Las Vegas. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Series Las Vegas half marathon and 10K races once again took over the famed Las Vegas Boulevard on Sunday night while passing iconic sights including the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign, The Fountains of Bellagio and Downtown Las Vegas, with an electric finish line unlike any other in the world ending mid-Strip at the Volcano at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. Over 35,000 registered participants from around the world took to the #Stripatnight making the iconic nighttime race an unforgettable experience, complete with music, lights and entertainment stationed along the course.
The event also showcased the first competition of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Elite™ half marathon series that offered a $15,000 elite prize purse and Elite Beat Rankings (EBR) points as Justin Kent of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada and Ellie Stevens (GBR), who resides in Las Vegas, Nev., USA, earned the overall wins and 50 EBR points with finishing times of 1:04:38 and 1:17:53, respectively. John Börjesson (Boulder, Colo., USA) finished second for the men’s division with a time of 1:06:24, collecting 44 EBR points while Andy Wacker (Boulder, Colo., USA) followed in third place finishing at 1:06:45 and scoring 39 points. Danae Dracht (Santa Monica, Calif. USA) followed Stevens in second for the women’s division with a finishing time of 1:18:24, earning 44 points, while Kirsten Lee (North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) rounded out the podium with a time of 1:18:40, earning 39 points. The new Rock ‘n’ Roll Elite half marathon competition will continue across eight cities in North America, culminating with a grand finale at the 2023 edition of Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas. For more information on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Elite Running Competition and complete standings, visit Athlete-Program.
Elite runners and fast times aside, the weekend’s events were all about the party atmosphere. Several local bands, including KISSED ALIVE, Groove Kitty, River City Kings, BOOM Percussion, Moving in Stereo, Neverwonder, and John Zito Band among many other talented artists from the City of Lights performed live along the route interspersed with local sport teams activations and crowd support.
The weekend of racing first kicked off with a Health and Fitness Expo on Thursday, and continued Saturday night with the new downtown 5K that took place under the neon lights of Fremont East Entertainment District and the Fremont Experience. The 5K race culminated with the “Encore Entertainment” concert and festival at Downtown Las Vegas Event Center for participants of all distances, featuring the Symphonic Rockshow. The Symphonic Rockshow combines a classical symphony orchestra with a rock band to breathe new life into time-tested classic rock anthems. The Encore Entertainment featured interactive experiences, photo opportunities, local artists, food trucks, cocktails, and more to create a memorable and immersive night for participants.
Next Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Events Coming Up:
Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series is scheduled to continue in 2022 when the series makes its way to Medellín for the 2022 Allianz Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Medellín on March 6, 2022. To see the full schedule of Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series events, visit RunRocknRoll.com.
For more information or to register for an event on Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series, please visit RunRocknRoll.com.
About Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series
The Rock ‘n’ Roll® Running Series is the world’s largest running series taking part in destination locations around the world every year. Established in 1998, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series simple idea of making running fun has transformed both the U.S. and global running landscape by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations, creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators alike. Focused on running, music and community, race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo showcasing the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information and much more. Events culminate with an entertaining finish-line festival featuring some of the biggest names in music, with past performances including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, O.A.R. Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, Flo Rida, The Band Perry, Fitz and the Tantrums, the Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels. Further information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series can be found online at RunRocknRoll.com and follow @RunRocknRoll on all social platforms.
About The IRONMAN Group
The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® Virtual Racing™ (VR™) Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll® Running Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running™ Series, IRONKIDS®, World Triathlon Championship Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and The Sun-Herald City2Surf®, Ultra-Trail® World Tour events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events including Haute Route®, and gravel racing like Gravel Epic®, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with hundreds of events across 55+ countries. The IRONMAN Group is owned by Advance, a private, family-owned business. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/about-ironman-group.
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