Saturday, March 5, 2016 • Las Vegas, NV • Course Map
“It’s not just for nurses!” That’s what the organizers of the National Nurses Half Marathon & 5K want to emphasize to all runners and walkers considering this race, as it is open to everyone who’s up for the challenge.
The race is set to take runners on a point-to-point course through the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area about 20 miles outside downtown Las Vegas, a 195,000-acre desert park filled with stunning red, orange and earth-toned sandstone formations, waterfalls and petroglyphs, where early humans scrawled drawings and images on the walls of the rocks here thousands of years ago.
For the half marathon, runners will follow the roughly 13-mile-long Red Rock Canyon road that runs through the park for nearly all of the race, which starts in Blue Diamond Park and finishes at West Career & Technical Academy. Runners in the half marathon will start their race at 7:00 AM, followed by the runners and walkers in the 5K race at 8:00 AM.
The race is part of an initiative among nurses to promote healthy communities across America, by encouraging people to exercise and adopt healthy lifestyles.
Founded by Helen Neville, a runner and a nurse whose three-decade-long career has also seen her chair and co-found a number of races around the U.S., including Iowa’s Des Moines Marathon, which she single-handedly founded and ran for years, the race is part of her effort to create “ambassadors for healthy living,” she says.
Ms. Neville’s claim to fame in the running community also extends to her recent book, “One On The Run,” a chronicle of her 93 days of running across America and the impact she’s made on lives in every community she visits.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in Nevada’s southwestern corner, Las Vegas typically sees March temperatures that average between 49°F and 70°F, with — as is typical here year-round — very little rainfall for the month, as March brings half an inch of rain.
On race day (Mar. 5), the average low is 48ºF and the average high is 68ºF.
- 7:00 AM – half marathon
- 8:00 AM – 5K
- $45 for the half marathon
- price subject to increase as the race grows closer
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of the National Nurses Half Marathon & 5K race, register online at ChronoTrack.com here.
Official Race Website
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