Registration is under way for the second Summerlin Half Marathon to be held day April 14. Runners and walkers will leave JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, 221 N. Rampart Blvd., at 7 a.m., traveling 13.1 miles throughout the community before returning to the resort on a downhill course.
According to Kevin Orrock, executive vice president of master-planned communities for The Howard Hughes Corp., developer of Summerlin, the community is the ideal location to host a half marathon.
"Summerlin's expansive 150-plus mile trail system provides miles of uninterrupted scenery for runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy," he said.
"And the community is home to thousands of running and walking enthusiasts who appreciate the opportunity to participate in organized recreational opportunities in their own neighborhood," Orrock said.
Desert Sky Adventures, a local race management company that coordinates runs of varying distances for organizations throughout Nevada and its surrounding states, is coordinating the Summerlin Half Marathon on behalf of the master-planned community.
To register for the run/walk view the course map or elevation chart, visit http://desertskyadventures.com/summerlin. Cost is $95 per person.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Organization for Autism Research, a national nonprofit dedicated to autism and Asperger syndrome research.
To prepare valley residents for the half marathon, Desert Sky Adventures is offering group and online personalized training specifically created by Cynthia Ganey, head coach, running enthusiast and co-owner of Desert Sky Adventures.
Training, which takes place on the Summerlin Half Marathon course, includes scheduled weekly runs, cross training, speed/interval work and guest lectures.
"Preparation is essential," Ganey said. "We want all participants to have a positive, safe experience."
Visit http://desertskyadventures.com/training for additional information on marathon training.
More than 500 runners participated in last year's inaugural half marathon.
Participation is expected to grow to more than 1,000 this year, according to Molly Sheridan, Summerlin resident, running enthusiast and co-founder of Desert Sky Adventures.
"Runners from all over the valley have already registered to participate in the Summerlin Half Marathon," she said. "We're happy to see the event growing and hope to make it an annual tradition for hundreds of running and walking enthusiasts," she said.
The Summerlin Half Marathon is a chip-timed run/walk. Top male and female finishers in varying age groups will be recognized; all participants will receive medals and shirts. Aid stations will be located throughout the course. Call 241-2044 if additional information is needed.
The Summerlin Half Marathon is one of several events planned for this year. Other spring events include Tour de Summerlin, a noncompetitive cycling event to be held April 21 and Summerlin Kids Mix, an outdoor family festival to be held May 19. Visit summerlin.com for event information.
Summerlin began to take shape in 1990 and has ranked in the country's top 10 best-selling master-planned communities for nearly two decades.
Located along the western rim of the Las Vegas Valley, Summerlin encompasses 22,500 acres with about 7,500 acres still remaining to accommodate future growth within the master plan.
The community is currently home to nearly 100,000 residents.
Amenities include more than 150 neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 miles of the Summerlin trail system, 26 public and private schools, 14 houses of worship, nine golf courses, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks and more than three dozen actively selling floor plans.
Homes are available in a variety of styles -- from single-family homes to townhomes, condominiums and lofts -- priced from the mid-$100,000s to more than $1 million.
Custom homesites in The Ridges are priced from the high $200,000s.
Luxury apartment homes offer monthly rents starting from the $800s.
For more information on Summerlin, visit summerlin.com or facebook.com/summerlinlv.