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 and all courses behold the natural beauty of the area. Sign up for the unique finisher's medal or for the post-race celebrations.
12k, 5K, and Half Marathon
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Sat 5th Dec 2020
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Laughlin, United States
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Based on 800 participants


20 to 50m elevation gain per km

Where and when
1669 S Casino Dr, Laughlin, NV 89029, USA
Start times
Sat 5th Dec 2020
Half Marathon:
7:00am |
8:00am |
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5K & 12K
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. Not for long however, as you will quickly climb the rim of the dam itself and here behold panoramic views over the awe-inspiring Colorado River. Make sure to stop off at the designated #SelfieSpot to capture these epic views.
The final stage of the run will take you over a bridge before descending back onto Casino Drive, with the photo finish merely 3/4 of a mile ahead.
Conquer the Dam 12k:
Kicking-off from Casino row, the initial stages of the route will meander alongside the Colorado River before reaching the 5k turn and heading on towards David Dam. Once at the Dam, be sure to get your picture taken with your feet in both states.
The final stages of the race will cross over the pedestrian bridge and down toward the vibrant lights of Casino Row.
The 5k route will follow a similar course to the initial stages of the 12k race, and thus get the opportunity to enjoy all the glitz and glamour of Casino Row as well as the natural beauty which surrounds it.
What's included
  • Race photos
  • Water stations
  • Distance marked
  • Finisher's medal
  • Live music
  • Free beer
  • First aid on-site
How to get there
1669 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:
Approximately 335 miles from San Diego 6 hours.
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. Head east for 19 miles. Turn right on Casino Drive.
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 our charter buses. Buses will be picking up at the following locations at the following times with the following destinations
On Friday, November 30th, participants will be picked up in Los Angeles and Orange County no earlier than 12 pm (noon) and no later than 3 pm
Participants will be picked up in Phoenix no earlier than 1 pm and no later than 3 pm
Participants will be picked up at The District at Green Valley Ranch, 2240 Village Walk Dr, Henderson, NV 89052 (a short ride from Las Vegas McCarren Airport) at 3:30 pm.
Participants will be brought to either the Tropicana Laughlin or the Colorado Belle hotels.
On Sunday, December 2nd, at 12 pm (noon) participants will be picked up at either the Tropicana Laughlin or the Colorado Belle hotels and returned to the location where they were picked up at.
Book your entire package all together and save. Choose the weekend package and get two nights at one of our host hotels, bus transportation to and from Laughlin and a half marathon entry for only $240
Bus transportation plus half marathon entry will be $140.
Bus transportation by itself is $70.
Event day logistics
7:00am: Half Marathon starts
7:50am: 12K starts
8:00am: 5K starts
11:00am: Cut-off
Please arrive at least 45 minutes before your schedule 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 4th. If you are collecting your race packet then make sure to bring your ID. Inside there will be your bib, timing chip, shirt, goodie bag and further race information.
You will not be able to pick up a bib for anyone else, unless you have a signed waiver by them and a copy of their ID.
**Where: Tropicana Laughlin
When: 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Saturday December 5th
**There will be packet collection available on the day of the event, which will also take place at Tropicana Laughlin.VIP Race Day Packet Pickup service for the Half Marathon is available for an extra fee of $40.
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Spectator Info
Spectators are more than welcome and there is easy access to a number of great vantage points from which to cheer on the runners.
Please be aware that all half marathon spectators will be required to choose only one spot, rather than trying to 'leapfrog' throughout the course.
Will there be water stations during the Laughlin Half Marathon?
Yes there are three water stations serving food and at least one other drink.
Can I use headphones during the event?
No. RRCA regulations prevent the use of headphones for participants.
At what time does the Run Laughlin half marathon event start?
The half marathon starts at 7am.
13 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
CrowdsIncredible crowds
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
Did the Half Marathon 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 5K 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 Half Marathon 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 12k 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 5K 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 12k 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 Half Marathon in 2018
Look around! This race is set in the desert but you have beautiful mountains with the river and Lake Mohave!
Did the 5K 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 Half Marathon 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.
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
The course has both hills and down hill! You have to be careful on your down hill because you could eventually burn out towards the of your run. Pace yourself!
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