Spring sporting events planned

Spring in Summerlin is marked by two annual events that underscore the community’s healthy, active lifestyle: the third annual Summerlin Half Marathon and 12th annual Tour de Summerlin. Registration is under way for both events that are open to the public.

The Summerlin Half Marathon starts at 7 a.m. April 13 at J.W. Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, 221 N. Rampart Blvd. The 13.1-mile course meanders through seven Summerlin villages on the community’s nationally recognized trail system, running through the community’s most scenic parks and arroyos.

The Summerlin Half Marathon is a chip-timed run/walk. Top male and female finishers in varying age groups are recognized; all participants receive medals and shirts. Aid stations are located throughout the course.

Desert Sky Adventures, a local race management company, is managing the Summerlin Half Marathon. To register for the run/walk, view the course map or elevation chart, visit www.desertskyadventures.com/summerlin2013.

Cost is $85 per person. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Lili Claire Foundation, dedicated to easing the challenges faced by families of children with neurological disorders.

Tour de Summerlin will be held April 20; it is a noncompetitive cycling event that features a 40-, 75- and 100-mile ride through Summerlin and neighboring Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

The event benefits Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation and launches at The Vistas Community Park, 11311 Alta Drive.

More than 500 cyclists are expected to participate, making Tour de Summerlin one of the largest and most scenic cycling events in Southern Nevada.

Pre-event registration is strongly encouraged. Tour de Summerlin is coordinated by Great Rides LLC. Registration fees range from $60 to 65. To preregister, visit www.tourdesummerlin.com or call 702-252-8077.

Summerlin director of marketing Danielle Bisterfeldt said the community’s abundant biking lanes, scenic views and proximity to Red Rock Canyon make it one of the best places to cycle and run in Las Vegas.

“It’s hard to beat the winning combination of Summerlin’s man-made amenities and Mother Nature,” she said. “Public events like the Summerlin Half Marathon and Tour de Summerlin show off the active lifestyle for which the community is known and have become hallmark events for both runners and cyclists in our valley. Both events promise to be bigger and better than ever.”

Summerlin, developed by The Howard Hughes Corp., began taking shape in 1990. In the past two decades, national and regional studies have ranked it in the country’s top 10 best-selling master-planned communities.

Summerlin, located along the Las Vegas Valley’s western rim, encompasses 22,500 acres with about 6,600 acres still remaining to accommodate future growth within the master plan. The community is home to more than 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 and business parks.

Homes are available in a variety of styles — from single-family homes to townhomes, condominiums and lofts — priced from the $200,000s to more than $1 million.

Custom-home sites in The Ridges are priced from the high $200,000s.

Luxury apartment homes offer monthly rents starting from the $800s. Visit www.summerlin.com for more information.

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