Viva Las Vegas - #VEGASstrong

Back from wrapping my 5th half marathon... this one in Las Vegas. We picked this location almost 8 months ago and it was a bit eerie and amazing to take part in the first big event since the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting. SOOO many runners were rocking outfits declaring #VEGASstrong & security at this run was intense. This half was about 40,000 people and the security was like no other race this size I'd previously run. Security checking trash cans, cops lining the streets with heavy machinery, & if you looked to the skyline of some of these huge buildings you could see people up there keeping an eye on the crowds. Running along it was a must to thank as many of these officers as possible. 

The route was altered from the initial plan to keep away from the area that has become a crime scene, but we still ran past Mandalay Bay. If you looked over fences you could still see the stage set up & a billboard promoting the festival still stood. The world famous Las Vegas sign had been turned into a memorial for all those lost at the festival. Many runners stopped to take pictures... many posing in front of the sign and the memorial... I found that odd so I kept on running. 

I don't believe in letting hate win so it was an honor to run in Las Vegas' first big event since that festival. 

As for typical Vegas adventures... I walked through many of the casinos, but only gambled $5 on a Wonder Woman penny slot machine. I lost it in under a minute. Linda Carter I ain't mad at ya! I did some day drinking Monday only after I had recovered a little from the run, but ended up in my hotel room by 4:30 with a bottle of wine as my legs were too tired to keep walking the strip. I got to see a cactus garden at a delicious chocolate factory, got my pic taken with Elvis & a show girl, & got some inappropriate cards handed to me on the strip for special services (if you're picking up what I'm putting down). The only Vegas experience I missed was a show... until next time Sin City! 

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