First off, props to you for researching running while in Las Vegas. Most of Las Vegas’ 42 million annual visitors are too busy delving into their vices to give jogging a second thought. You are obviously a different breed, and we salute you.
Running the Las Vegas Strip isn’t the easiest or most convenient route, but if you like jogging with a view, it can’t be beaten. Yes, it would be simpler to run a different Las Vegas neighborhood, or the side roads surrounding the Strip, but that doesn’t have the same allure. You want to run the Strip.
Below, we’ll cover some tips, tricks, and suggestions for running on the Las Vegas Strip to make it a better experience.
Tips For Running On The Strip
Run in the Morning: It makes sense for a couple of reasons. First, Vegas can get HOT, and hitting the sidewalk before the heat makes sense. More importantly, you’ll be able to avoid the crowds. Getting out to run the Strip at 5 or 6 am is prime time as there won’t be groups to slow you down, just a few stragglers making the walk of shame.
Avoid Pedestrian Crossings: Especially in the middle of the Strip, pedestrian crossings are common, forcing you to frequently change directions, climb stairs, and even enter casino properties. The crossings are narrow, and slow-moving groups can hold you up. Frequent pedestrian crossings start on the south end of the Strip at Excalibur/Tropicana and can be found as far north as Venetian/TI. They can be avoided, however, and we will dive into that next.
Leverage Long Uninterrupted Running Routes: We personally like running the following routes on the Strip:
- Caesars Palace, up to Strat which is 2.4 miles one way, or just shy of 5 round trip. Note that once you get north of Wynn and Encore, the crowd can get a bit dicey, but we have never been bothered or had a problem.
- Excalibur south to the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign which is 1.3 miles one way or just over 2.5 miles round trip.
Skip Convenience and Go for the Scenic Route: If you don’t mind navigating multiple pedestrian walkways and running through a couple of casinos (for a very brief moment), the most scenic run is from Mandalay Bay to Encore, through the heart of the Strip. That route is about 3.1 miles one way and over 6 if you make it a round trip. Honestly, if you run at 5 or 6 am, the walkways and resorts will be so deserted that the hassle is minimal.
Running Off the Strip is OK too, Honestly: If you decide that running along the Las Vegas Strip is just too inconvenient, we won’t blame you if you hit a side street to avoid the crowds and other obstacles. Our favorite running route near the Strip is along Koval Ln. We start at the intersection of E. Tropicana and Koval and run north to the Sands Expo Center which is the intersection of Sands Ave. and Koval.
That route is straight, and 1.5 miles one way, or 3 miles round trip. A straight shot that still offers views of the Strip is still pretty darn cool when compared to running back home.
Join a Running Tour: If you don’t feel confident running by yourself, join a guided running tour on the Las Vegas Strip. This current deal on Groupon will allow you to join the 4.2 mile guided run down the Strip that passes major resorts and the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign” for $34.99. Stopping for pictures is allowed and the tour is open to runners ranging from beginners to advanced.
Tips for Running Downtown Las Vegas
Running downtown can be a challenge for the same reasons jogging on the Strip is difficult. There are crowds and plenty of tight places where you can get held up by a group of walkers. Again, aim for an early run, preferably just before the sun rises. This will ensure cooler temperatures, thin crowds, and illuminated neon casino exteriors (which is needed for inspiration). My downtown Las Vegas running route starts at Plaza, and goes down Fremont Street to the Container Park and back.
The distance from Plaza to the fire-breathing praying mantis at the Container Park is about a half-mile, or a mile round trip. Just repeat as many times as you need to hit your target distance.
Las Vegas Running Events
If planning your Las Vegas trip around an organized race is appealing, check out Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas, a race that offers distances of 5k, 10k, and a half marathon. The next race is scheduled for February of 2022.
Another good resource to view upcoming races in Las Vegas can be found here at Running in the USA.
Hopefully, our advice for running in Las Vegas is helpful in making your Strip or Fremont Street workout a successful one. Our suggestion is to worry less about split times and just enjoy the scenery while elevating your heart rate for a while.
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