We picked up our packets and went to the expo on Thursday afternoon, and enjoyed a couple days exploring the city before the 5k on Saturday night.
Friday morning we had a quick shakeout run to the Fabulous Las Vegas sign, our first run in Las Vegas!
Saturday morning was race morning! We all got dressed in our sparkle skirts and KC Running Company shirts, and headed out!
We kind of did things backwards, by getting our pedicures and pampering done before the race!
We had a late lunch at BURGR, watched the Bellagio fountains, and made our way to the race area, which was at the fairgrounds near the SLS Hotel.
There were lots of other runners doing the 5k that we met on the Monorail. I also found out that my sisser loves me… I almost didn’t make it onto the Monorail, but Kristen hugged me onto the train just before the door shut. Awww she loves me!
The lobby area at the SLS was really cool, glass floors and ceilings that changed colors, lots of ceiling mirror selfies happened.
The start/finish party area of the 5k was all set up and ready to go! We took some pictures, checked our bags, got some fun glow sticks, and got into the corrals.
We started in the 4th or 5th wave, and off we went!! The race was tons of fun… we mostly stayed in and around the fairgrounds, and a good section of the race was an out and back, so we got to see the first few waves coming back towards us, which allowed us to see lots of fun costumes and outfits. Kristen even got a high five from Meb Keflezighi, the winner of the New York Marathon in 2009, Boston Marathon in 2014, an Olympic silver medalist Marathoner, and overall amazing American runner, who was pacing one of the corrals (he also paced the half marathon).
Once we crossed the finish line, we were handed our 5k medals, and grabbed our checked bags and got into some warmer clothes. The race wasn’t cold, but it was chilly and dark. If only we could have had the 5k weather for the half marathon the next day…
We took the monorail back down the strip to it’s end, near our hotel, and were officially finished with 1 of 2 races!