Hours ago the Strip was filled with rodeo fans, but early this morning, the cowboys were replaced with dozens of Elvises, brides, grooms and world-class athletes ready to run the The Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon.
Under clear skies with no wind and temperatures in the mid-40s, approximately 30,000 runners hit the start line around 7 a.m.
The later starting time allowed the runners to start in daylight and temperatures about 20 degrees warmer than last year's 6 a.m. start.
As in years past, the marathon is just as much of an event as a race. Las Vegas Metro Police could be seen parked, with lights flashing, in front of the Venetian where a number of newlyweds and couples stopped to say "I do" before continuing on the course. The wedding took place around 8:00 a.m., between miles two and three of the race.
The start line is in the northbound lanes of Las Vegas Boulevard, at the Dewey Street intersection.
The course heads downtown for the first six miles, hits a few side streets, then moves to the southbound lanes of Las Vegas Boulevard on the way to the finish line at Mandalay Bay. Half-marathoners go straight to the finish, while marathoners head west on Hacienda and wind around southwest Las Vegas before returning to the Strip for the finish.