How the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series Works

Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

When: Dec. 5, 2010

Where: Las Vegas, Nev.

More Info: Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll

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Live music along the Strip and a Vegas-style post-run party make the Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Marathon a standout event. Both a full marathon and a half marathon are available, along with a Kids Rock 1-mile run. A pre-race, half-marathon training program benefits the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.

Winter weather is in the brisk 50s in the desert -- perfect for a long run.

No matter the distance, fans can keep abreast of the situation whether they're in Sin City or not: Runner tracking via text message lets everyone check their favorite athlete's progress along the route, and Web-based updates are posted at several points during the race.

There's a free beer waiting for each of-age finisher, and then the real party begins. Admission is free to both marathoners and spectators, and the 2011 after-party features Bret Michaels, of Poison fame.

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