Editor’s note: This is the first of a recurring recreation notebook for the Las Vegas area.
For the first time, adaptive athletes will have the opportunity to compete in a Spartan Sprint obstacle course with racers of a similar skill set.
On Saturday, adaptive athletes, or para-athletes, in teams of fours will compete for a $10,000 prize in the Laughlin Weekend Spartan Race. Previous Spartan races have been open to adaptive athletes, but Saturday’s race has been designed to specifically cater to these athletes.
The Laughlin-based course is the first time Spartan has done a race solely for adaptive athletes.
“We created Para Spartan to ensure that these incredible athletes have the opportunity to compete on a level playing field and I can’t wait to show the world what they are made of,” Spartan founder and CEO Joe De Sena said in a statement.
Athletes will work through signature Spartan obstacles, including the robe climb, dunk wall, monkey bars and barbed wire crawl in the course, which is 3 to 5 miles long.
Athletes are permitted to use wheelchairs and other crutches, and teammates can assist each other on select obstacles that may prove challenges to certain athletes. The elite heat — or those vying for the cash prize — takes off at 10 a.m., followed by an open heat at 10:15.
Saturday’s event isn’t just for adaptive athletes, though. Laughlin also will host its signature events, including the 3-5 mile Sprint, the 8-10 mile Super and a 2-, 1- and half-mile kid’s race.
A note from someone who made a mistake herself: If it’s your first time and you’ve never done an obstacle race, don’t sign up for the Super. Get your feet wet with the Sprint: all the best obstacles, half the distance.
For more information and to register, visit Spartan.com.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon update
If you’re feeling a runner’s (or watcher’s high) from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon’s takeover of the Strip, the organization is offering a discounted sign-up for next year’s race.
Both the marathon and the half-marathon are being offered for $99 until Sunday. Prices are not yet available for next year’s 5K or 10K race. The event is scheduled for Nov. 16 and 17 next year.
For more information and to register, visit runrocknroll.com.
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A look at some upcoming races:
• If you’re looking for last minute plans Sunday that’s family friendly, casual clothing and holiday oriented, consider the sixth annual PJ 5K Run & 1-Mile walk through the Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Glittering Lights is Nevada’s largest drive through Christmas light show. The event opens at 3 p.m., the race starts at 4:30 and proceeds collected go to Speedway Children’s Charities, which distributes the money to local organizations. For more info, visit active.com and search the event name.
• Girls on the Run Las Vegas will host its Gingerbread (Wo)man Dash on Dec. 1 at Sunset Park. The 5K event will be led by Las Vegas runner Christina Vergara Aleshire, who will be unrecognizable in a life-size gingerbread woman costume. For more details, visit girlsontherunlv.org.
• Calico Racing is drumming up interest early for a Vegas Golden Night & Day race in February. Highlighting the color scheme of Vegas’ favorite hockey team, the event will feature a morning race and an evening run, each consisting of a 5K, 10K and a half-marathon through Sunset Park. You can double down and run morning and evening for a discounted price too. For more details, visit calicoracing.com. (Please note, this race is not endorsed by the Golden Knights, but rather “a celebration among fans,” according to organizers.)