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Runners Ready for Las Vegas Marathon

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LAS VEGAS -- Preparations are underway for the world's largest nighttime running event -- the Las Vegas Rock n' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon. It will be in Las Vegas in just three days.

Over 44,000 runners will shut down the Strip beginning and ending at Mandalay Bay. Runners are coming from every state in the nation and 54 countries. An additional 20,000 people will hit the Strip this year for the race. Organizers say it would have been more, but they had to close registration.

"Everyone was super-excited about it and it blew our expectations out of the water, so we finally had to close registration at 44,000," said event manager Megan Bitsoff.

This is the first time in the world a race of this magnitude will be at night. Bitsoff says so many people wanted to take the challenge in Las Vegas because of how gorgeous the Strip looks at night.

Bitsoff and dozens of staff members met outside Mandalay Bay Thursday afternoon mapping out their final game plan -- everything from setting up stages for entertainers, water stations and even the medals runners will receive.

"As I get older, I want to stay active and how do you miss an opportunity to run in a Rock n' Roll race at night with all the lights and closing the Strip? I think it's a pretty unique opportunity and I'm excited that I have a chance to do it," said runner Brian Schreiber.

Schreiber is a Henderson business owner. He has hardly been able to sleep this week, anticipating the huge race.

He and tens of thousands of people will be running the full race from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with live rock and roll bands along the course.

This is the third largest distance race in the nation behind Chicago and New York.

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