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Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon Takes Over Strip

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Runners in the 26.2-mile Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon take off from the Luxor Festival Lot at 3 p.m. Sunday. Runners in the 26.2-mile Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon take off from the Luxor Festival Lot at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Moments before runners took off from the start line, several racers using wheelchairs started the marathon. Moments before runners took off from the start line, several racers using wheelchairs started the marathon.
Couple exchange vows during a wedding ceremony at the marathon. Couple exchange vows during a wedding ceremony at the marathon.

LAS VEGAS -- Thousands of marathon runners took to the Las Vegas Strip Sunday in the Zappos.com Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon.

An estimated 32,000 participants registered for the 26.2-mile marathon and 13.1-mile half marathon.

SLIDESHOW: Rock 'n' Roll Marathon 2012

Runners in the full 26.2 mile marathon took off at 3 p.m. from the Luxor Festival Lot. The 13.1 mile half marathon began at 4:30 p.m.

Runners are having to fight through winds that are expected to gust to 40 mph Sunday until about 10 p.m.

Several roads have been closed along the race route until later Sunday night.

In the men's full marathon, Jonathan Ndambuki, 36, of Kenya, took first place in 2:32:24.  In the women's full marathon, Romanian Nuta Olaru, 42, finished first in 2:51:31.

The second place finish in the men's full marathon went to Steve Dekoker, who ran the race in 2:33:22. Third place went to Sam Robinson, who finished the race in 2:42:09.

Andrian Neal finished the women's full marathon in second place in 2:51:33 and Dani Fischer finished third in 2:59:20.

Just before 6 p.m., more than two dozen couples participating in the race exchanged vows while taking a break from running the marathon.

The finish line is on Las Vegas Boulevard, adjacent to the Mirage. The first place men and women champions will each win $1,000 in the full, half and wheelchair marathons.  Second and third place win $500 and $250, respectively.

The race benefits the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America.

 

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