An estimated 44,000 laced up to race along the Las Vegas Strip tonight, at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon. Six-thousand athletes placed risky bets on the full marathon, and another 38,000 took half the gamble running 13.1 miles. Five-hundred others made the safest bet of the day racing the 50-yard Stiletto Dash through the Palazzo.
Based on the social media feedback the event was a hit and the party is now beginning as the final marathon participants trickle in.
Former 2009 Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Champion, Peter Omae of Kenya won the full marathon running 2:29:13. Former USC runner, Zsofia Erdelyi of Hungary was the other big money winner over 26.2 miles finishing in 2:48:59. Betting half their chips, former Air Force runner Sean Houseworth, and Australian, Benita Willis were victorious in the half marathon running 1:03:12 and 1:10:40 respectively.
Kate Gosselin of Kate Plus 8 slipped under the five-hour barrier running the full marathon in 4:59:21!
The Washington Post reported approximately 100,000 spectators along the course, featuring 32 bands and up to sixty weddings! See article.
Some elites athletes used tonight’s race as a last chance qualifier for the 2012 Olympic Marathon trials.
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About the Author: Chantelle Wilder is the Senior Editor and Co-Founder of Runners Feed. She also competes for the New Balance Silicon Valley Club in the Bay Area of California. When she isn’t running, or editing she can be found enjoying the fruitful wines of nearby Napa Valley while challenging her husband to a game of Bananagrams®.