People visit Nevada for a wide range of reasons. Maybe you’re looking to explore the desert, or the more likely reason, to hit up Las Vegas. What most people don’t know, is that Nevada is home to some of the most unique road races you’ll find anywhere. From a race that only Las Vegas can host which includes a run through a wedding service to quirky theme-based runs, training for a road race in Nevada might just be the perfect combination of fitness and fun.
This is a true rockstar race that shuts down the Las Vegas strip for a night. While people may worry about the heat and shy away from a desert race, the nighttime offers a manageable climate and of course ends in a party only Vegas can deliver. In true Vegas style, the racers have a chance to combine the love of running with making a commitment to true love as they run through a five-minute wedding service made for the runners on the go.
The Red Rock Canyon event offers a wide range of races for all skill levels that promises to deliver an amazing view from the race route. The desert landscape and red rocks are worth the fast paced run. The race takes place during the mild winter months so the desert climate is also manageable for a wide range of skill levels.
Starting under the Reno Arch this little run offers big fun for both seasoned runners and families walking one of the courses. Beyond the biggest little race you will find in the area, runners can follow the half marathon through Reno and the surrounding desert or take a shorter run at a 5K.
This unique race is not for the faint of heart with routes including the 100-mile trail run, 50 miles, “just” the average marathon and even a few more manageable 5K type races. This is one of the more challenging road races with trails being unforgiving at times but it is also a huge accomplishment to beat the Trail Trashed challenge.