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Major changes to Rock 'n' Roll Marathon announced

Major changes to Rock 'n' Roll Marathon announced

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Mar 27, 2012

 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Several changes to the Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Marathon have been announced after December's race prompted numerous complaints.

"Building on our learned experiences since 2009 in staging the Rock ‘n Roll Las Vegas Marathon, we have developed a plan with the City of Las Vegas, Clark County and the businesses on The Strip that will accommodate the race’s growing popularity," the Competitor Group announced Tuesday. 

Runners reported a lack of water, massive crowding at the finish and an overall lack of organization following the 2011 event.

Participants later claimed the event made them sick, prompting the Southern Nevada Health District to investigate and release a report.

Now, Zappos says the race will not be expanded in 2012 and the following changes will be made: 

1. A fully-dedicated marathon course, along with longer and earlier closure times for the Strip.

2. The starting point will be moved to the area across from The Luxor, allowing an improved layout for runners to enter and start the race.

3. The finish line will be moved to the area near Caesars Palace and The Mirage to allow more room and better access to Strip hotels for runners following the race.

4. The wave start timeline will be extended from 45 minutes to 90 minutes to allow better spacing between runners.

5. Increased security to ensure participants start at their designated time.

6. Improved water station service 

7. A bigger and better health and fitness expo will be held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, offering more than 50,000 additional square feet.

To read more about the changes and check out a map of the new race route, click here.