Las Vegas Boulevard, also known as the Strip, is one of the most famous streets in the world. On my recent trip to Vegas to help teach a beta version of the new NAEMT Safety course I took three early morning runs on the Strip.
I stayed at the MGM Grand, the massive hotel at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana. From Tropicana to Sahara (near the Stratosphere) is about 3.5 miles. Twice I ran the full length and back. The third time was a bit shorter.
When running the Strip:
1. Start early. Pedestrian traffic is low until about 8 a.m. when it starts to pick-up. An early start also affords amazing views of the sun rising and striking the mountain ranges to the west. There are also just enough people out and about that have been up all night to make for interesting sightseeing.
2. Use pedestrian bridges. Many of the major intersections are crossed with pedestrian bridges. Instead of using the escalators take the stairs for safety and the hill climbing simulation.
3. Any turning vehicle is a hazard. Traffic on Las Vegas Boulevard turns in and out of casinos and numerous side streets. Many drivers are from out-of-town and or distracted by the sights of the city. I run on the sidewalk facing traffic so I can see vehicles that might turn in front of me either as they leave Las Vegas Boulevard or turn onto the Strip.
4. Side exploration. Nearly any attire is acceptable in the casinos. I added some extra steps to my routes by jogging through the Caesars Palace sculpture garden, the shops of the Wynn, and the covered bridges of the Venetian.
5. No Supplies Needed. Water, snacks, and bathrooms are easily accessible in all of the casinos. I carry a little cash to refuel if I need it.
Have you run the Strip? What are your tips?