Did you know that Las Vegas is one of the top 10 destinations where average hotel rates are below $150 during the 4th of July holiday weekend*? Probably because it’s super hot and people can’t fathom coming here… but then again, every one of the casinos/bars/hotels is air-conditioned and pools are abundant.
As a Las Vegas resident, I can pretty much guarantee you that I will NOT be in a casino. And odds are high I will not be at a bar. Nor a hotel. But I am contemplating signing up for a 4th of July 5k. Here are the ones in the area I know about.
Run by Desert Sky Adventures, this race starts/ends at the Roadrunner Saloon and takes participants on an out-back course on the Western Beltway Trail. It starts at 7am, costs $40 to signup at this time and participants get a shirt, goodie bag and medal.
Different registration costs for Summerlin and Non-Summerlin residents right now ($25 vs $35), participants get a shirt and refreshments. The course goes along trails in the Summerlin area, no traffic. At the finish participants can stay for the patriotic parade and other festivities. It starts at 6:30am.
Presented by the UFC, this event happens in downtown Las Vegas, start/finish is at Hogs & Heifers. The course has UFC FIT™ challenges along the course and participants get a shirt and medal for completing the course. The race starts at 8am, after a warm-up at 7:30 led by UFC-related people. Right now it costs $45 for this race, but prices will increase to $50 on June 30.
So…. if you have no plans for the holiday, come roast in the desert for a good price. You can participate in a race AND party hard. There are lots of things happening around town, fireworks are usually shot off from several resorts all around the valley and you can usually find a pool or some A/C to cool off. Plus, if you visit Vegas and spend your hard-earned dollars, you are supporting my local economy! 🙂
*According to Travelocity, top 10 destinations where hotels are below $150 on average for the holiday:
1. Las Vegas ($105)
2. Albuquerque ($112)
3. Colorado Springs ($116)
4. Memphis ($126)
5. Dallas / Ft. Worth ($126)
6. Orlando ($131)
7. Atlanta ($139)
8. Palm Springs ($140)
9. Minneapolis ($141)
10. Phoenix ($142)