Vegas is already on the map of those who are looking for world-class entertainment, gaming and late night action. Over the years it has also sought to mix those elements with sports, which nowadays is becoming ever more multi-function entertainment and less pure athletics.
Boxing has been and still is a big draw in town. Formula One racing was on the agenda for a few years, as was pro soccer, but both failed to gain the needed acceptance for long-term survival. Bringing in a major league pro team here continues to be the dream of City Hall and many resorts. How about a basketball or hockey team with the name Caesars Gladiators or MGM Lions? One day it might be a reality.
Now it's the marathon's turn to try its hand in Southern Nevada. Sunday's race is the third annual and if it manages to attract as many runners as it did last year, which was 16,400, it has a good chance to make it. Actually, according to race organizers, they should top that number come Sunday, so at this point things look good.
Marathons held in Sin City are a little different from the standard affair seen elsewhere. This is Las Vegas after all. Entertainment stages have been dropped to 11 locations along the route to keep the faithful in the right mood, in case the sleek and apparently tireless runners can't do it. The Blue Man Group will be there, musicians from Cirque du Soleil have signed up and the rest are surprise performers. There is more. At mile 5 marker over 50 couples will officially tie the knot, although, honestly, the entertainment value of that is doubtful.
Then there are the Elvis runners. Seriously. The race attempts to break the world record for most Elvis runners which presently stands at 147. The word on the street is that a new standard will likely be set at this event. Who thought about that?