Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5k & 12k

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Race in two states with this exciting mixed-distance event starting from Casino Drive in Laughlin. With a half marathon, 12k and 5k, there is truly something for everyone while beautiful scenery underpins all courses. Sign up for the unique finisher's medal and post-race celebrations.
Half Marathon, 12k, 5k, and 2 more
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Sat, Dec 3, 2022
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Laughlin, United States
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Where and when
2121 S Casino Dr, Laughlin, NV 89029, USA
Start times
Sat, Dec 3, 2022
Half Marathon:
7:00am |
7:50am |
8:00am |
Virtual Half Marathon :
Virtual 5k:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5k & 12k
Half Marathon
$115.00 - $320.00
$65.00 - $270.00
$40.00 - $250.00
Virtual Half Marathon
Route information
Half Marathon:
The half marathon route takes you through the Mojave Desert, undoubtedly one of the most scenic and peaceful places to run on the planet. Kicking-off from the car-park in front of Laughlin High School, there will be one lap of the school track before heading out to tackle the roads around Laughlin.
After a significant stretch along Highway 163, you will begin to see the Davis Dam silhouette in the distance as you cruise downhill on the quickest section of the race. Participants will follow past a spot notorious for cowboy sightings, and enjoy this scenic desert section.
The final stage of the run will take you over a slight uphill bridge section before a descent onto Casino Row before the finish line greets all participants.
Conquer the Dam 12k:
The event starts at Casino Row before participants head onto Pedestrian Bridge. They will take in the nearby sights of Colorado River and then climb a high hill before reaching the infamous dam.
Having arrived at the Dam, participants can opt to take a commemorative photo with their feet in Arizona before heading back towards Nevada.
Participants will stretch out across the straightaway found on Casino row in the first kilometer of the event and will then cross the famous Colorado River after breezing over Pedestrian Bridge. After drifting through a short trail section, participants will turn around and head back towards the bridge itself.
Participants will then return down the river and take in a well-awaited downhill section on the final kilometer towards the finish.
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What's included
  • Race Photos
  • Custom Finisher's Medal
  • Live Music
  • Free Beer
  • First Aid on-site
  • Chip-Timed Results
  • Water Stations
  • Afterparty
  • Distance Marked
How to get there
2121 S Casino Dr, Laughlin, NV 89029, USA
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From Phoenix:
US 93 north to I-40 west through Kingman. Take the Bullhead City / Las Vegas exit and turn right at the signal at the end of the exit ramp. Continue west taking the Highway 68 ramp toward Bullhead City / Laughlin. Highway 68 merges into Arizona Highway 95. Turn right at the Laughlin Bridge. Approximately 225 miles from Phoenix; 3.5 hours.
From Los Angeles:
I-15 north to Barstow; I-40 east to Needles, CA. Exit on River Road cutoff, turn north for 22 miles on Needles Highway to Casino Drive, turn right.
Approximately 283 miles from Los Angeles 4 hours.
From San Diego:
The course is approximately 335 miles from San Diego: a 6-hour journey.
From Las Vegas:
Interstate 515, US 93/95 south through Las Vegas towards Boulder City. After passing through Henderson and the Railroad Pass, take ramp and turn right onto US 95 south toward Searchlight/Laughlin for 55 miles. Turn left onto NV 163. Then head eastwards for 16 miles before turning right on Casino Drive. The Journey length is 2:03 hrs.
Transportation and Packages:
For less than what you would spend on gas and/or a rental car, you can relax with other runners on one of the charter buses. Buses will be picking up at the following locations at the following times with the following destinations:
11:00am Orange County – Walmart Supercenter, 71 Technology Dr, Irvine, CA 92618
11:50pm Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242
12:40pm Road Runner Sports, 12115 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
1:00pm Phoenix – Location to be determined
All buses will be scheduled to arrive at approximately the same time: 5:00pm Tropicana Laughlin Hotel and Casino, 2121 S Casino Dr, Laughlin, NV 89029
On Sunday at 11:00 am, participants will be picked up at The District at Green Valley Ranch, 2240 Village Walk Dr, Henderson, NV 89052.
Event day logistics
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Packet Pickup opens at the Pavillion Room, across from the Passaggio Restaurant
7:00 am: Half Marathon starts
7:50 am: 12k starts
8:00 am: 5k starts
11:15 am: Cut-off
Please arrive at least 45 minutes before your scheduled race to ensure there is ample time to complete the registration process and have a sufficient warm-up.
Designated bus times will be sent out to half marathon runners.
Packet Pick-Up
The Race Expo will take place on Friday, December 2nd, all participants should arrive between 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm to collect their race packets, please bring your ID to the pickup. It is also free to attend the expo so bring your friends and family. Participants will be assigned a time to collect their packets, though if no times are assigned, attend the expo from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
Spectators can only pick up race packs on behalf of participants if they unless you have a signed waiver by them and a copy of their ID.
VIP packet collection is also available on the day of the event for a $40 fee at the Tropicana Laughlin, packet pickup for those in the 5k and 12k on the day of the event is free.
To enter the half marathon, participants must be able to complete the entire route in 4 hours and retain an 18:00/mile pace or quicker.
Race Photos
All participants will be photographed during their journey around the course.
Custom Finisher's Medal
All participants will receive a custom finishers medal in recognition of their efforts.
Live Music
There will be live music at the finish line, offering the perfect greeting present for all finishers.
Free Beer
Those aged over 21 will be entitled to a free beer token which they can enjoy at the finishing line area.
First Aid on-site
There is first aid available for all participants in the event on-site.
Chip-timed results
The event will be chip-timed, and timing chips can be found in the running bibs of competitors.
Water Stations
There will be water and aid stations placed throughout the course at intervals approximately 2 miles apart.
Headphones are prohibited at the event, please leave these at home.
There will be a beer garden for all participants to enjoy after they complete their events. There are also recovery tents on-site to ensure that all participants can be tended to after completing their courses.
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Will there be water stations during the Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5k & 12k?
Yes there are three water stations serving food and at least one other drink.
Can I use headphones during the Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5k & 12k?
No. RRCA regulations prevent the use of headphones for participants.
At what time does the Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5k & 12k event start?
The half marathon starts at 7:00 am, the 12k starts at 7:50 am, and the 5k starts at 8:00 am.
Is there a course cut-off time for the Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5k & 12k?
There is indeed. To enter the half marathon, participants must be able to complete the entire route in 4 hours and retain an 18:00/mile pace or quicker.
When is the packet pickup time for the Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5k & 12k?
The Race Expo will take place on Friday, December 2nd, all participants should arrive between 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm to collect their race packets, please bring your ID to the pickup. It is also free to attend the expo so bring your friends and family. Participants will be assigned a time to collect their packets, though if no times are assigned please attend the expo at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. There is also VIP race pack collection on the day for Half Marathon runners.
14 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
CrowdsIncredible crowds
Did the race in 2021
It is a great race no matter which distance you choose... The post party with all runners is great. From start to finish . Am hoping the review board reads this because i have a request I had to leave the post party early and missed out on the trophy hand outs. Am 72 years old and took 2nd in my age. Some how I would like to get that medal.
Did the race in 2019
Very Festive and well organized. The trail went off Stip so less crowds to worry about when running. The One hill up to the Dam was a perfect challenge. Running back by In and Out burger was super exciting. I loved the t-shirts this year! AWESOME work with this event.
Barbara P
Did the race in 2019
This was my 5th year - and there were more people than ever....both runners and spectators. I live in Laughlin and I am so impressed with how many people come to participate. It is spectacularly organized and so much fun. And it is nice to hear people comment on how much they like the location of the event.
Laureen M
Did the race in 2019
Very well organized event and really good course support! Super good price - especially for this well run event. We did the package deal, transportation +hotel +race entry,
Wes B
Did the race in 2019
I had a great time overall. The weather has always been awesome and I really liked that they extended the race to go over the dam.
Did the race in 2019
First year and it was amazing, Definitely joining next year 👌 I will greatly suggest for you and your family to join, it was family friendly, all kind of ages, an incredible experience and amazing event. Come join us bring a friend or two.
Did the race in 2019
Well organized until the awards ceremony. My first time to run the 12k. Just wanted to finish it. I loved the run. I hope to compete next year. Awards were very confusing. Computer, based on bib# and name showed me as 2nd in my age group, 60-64, yet at awards ceremony I was told I was first. Final results here show me 2nd. Why the mistake/confusion? There were 7 runners in my age group, yet only 2 identified.
Did the race in 2018
Look around! This race is set in the desert but you have beautiful mountains with the river and Lake Mohave!
Did the race in 2018
If you are looking for a fun, fast and not too crowded race, then you should check out Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5K & 10K. From the time I checked in to the time I drove away fromt eh after party, I was all smiles. The only thing that is personally sad about this race, is that the 5K runners don't get the experience of running across the dam, across state line, across 2 time zones.
Did the race in 2018
You awaken as you walk through the muted sounds of slot machines paying out as you make your way to embark on your ride to the starting line. You're whisked away aboard a posh tour bus and arrive at Laughlin High School where you sit and stretch comfortably within the gym, away out of the cool morning temps. The course is well marked out and beware the miles that begin once you leave the High School grounds - miles 1.5 - 4 are a rigorous, gradual uphill. Abandon your goal pace - but you'll make it up in the later miles (promise). Once you turn onto Hwy 163, you run East into the rising sun as you happily descend for the next four miles. The scenery is spectacular. I encourage you to pause and take photos atop the Davis Dam - with Lake Mohave to the North and the Colorado River stretching out to the South. The course winds up on Casino Row and the finish party was first rate.
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