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Second Las Vegas marathon planned for 2021

Updated November 6, 2019 - 5:37 pm

A second Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon appears to be headed to the Las Vegas Strip in 2021.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority on Tuesday will consider a pair of funding requests not to exceed $150,000 through Las Vegas Events.

Las Vegas Events is a private event organizing company that is affiliated with the LVCVA and routinely brings sponsorship and funding requests to the LVCVA board.

The requests to be considered Tuesday are for the Fall Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Nov. 12-15, 2020, and for the inaugural Spring Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon for April 3, 2021.

A representative from the race’s organizers Wednesday would not confirm if a second race is planned for Las Vegas, but indicated that it is always looking for opportunities to extend the race series.

Organizers of the marathon did not immediately respond to an email request for comment on the planned new race.

The Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, one of about two dozen races in a series run worldwide, is one of the most popular because the event closes the Las Vegas Strip to vehicular traffic, allowing runners to participate when the neon lights begin to come up. More than 40,000 people from 50 states and 86 countries registered for last year’s race .

The 2019 version is scheduled Nov. 16-17 and includes the marathon, a half-marathon, and 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer races.

The Las Vegas event is co-sponsored by Humana. Some of the event proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

LVCVA researchers expect the fall event to attract 58,000 visitors — including runners and family members — to the city, resulting in an economic impact of more than $214 million on the community. The spring race, researchers said, would draw 15,000 out-of-town visitors with an economic impact of more than $55 million.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at rvelotta@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893. Follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.

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