I ran the Double Your Luck Challenge, which included running a 5k and after a nice break, running a 10k. I struggled to arrive in Vegas from Arizona before the Friday night packet pickup ended, but was unable to make it in time. It sounded like a great time, held in the Tropicana hotel, which was also hosting the rest of the Sin City Shootout weekend events.
I left extra early morning of the race to be sure that I was able to pick up my packet and get situated before the start of the race. It did take some effort to locate the start of the race, as the park is very large, and had multiple park entrances. I spent roughly 20 minutes driving through the park until I was able to locate a person who was able to provide directions.
Everything ran very smooth at packet pickup, and the swag bag had less junk and more useful items in it. The race staff did inform racers that there was an issue with the delivery of the t-shirts, and let us know that the shirts would be sent out in the mail. The shirts look very stylish (the small shirts were the only ones to arrive before race morning). I look forward to receiving mine (hopefully any day now).
The course itself was slightly repetitive, as we first ran the 5k, and then several additional loops for the 10k. It was a flat and fast course, with virtually no hills. It was definitely a break from the bustle of the strip, and I would describe the scenery as very nature-based. There were jackrabbits and bunnies, as well as a variety of other wild desert animals.
I ran the 5k slowly, and raced hard for the 10k, and actually ended up placing in my age group. That award should also be coming in the mail any day.
I did not stay on the strip, but did hear several runners who did, hoping for a shuttle service for future years. This was an inaugural race, and I feel that the staff and volunteers were helpful, supportive and enjoyable. Both races started on time, and were quite enjoyable. My favorite part was enjoying the beauty of the desert, as well as the snow-capped mountains on the horizon.
Many visitors to Vegas miss out on the beauty away from the strip, and this race definitely helps remind you how beautiful the desert really is.
Overall, I feel this race was awesome! Some things to improve for next year would be shuttle service to the race, signage throughout the park/entrances to help direct traffic, and making sure the shirts arrive before race day.
I have never placed in my age group before, so it is killing me to be waiting for the age group award, but I know it will be here any day and that always makes checking the mail more fun.