Run Laughlin: two states, two time zones

November 29, 2018

LAUGHLIN — The Run Laughlin Half Marathon is a unique event.

First, there are three races offered: the standard half marathon of about 13 miles, a 10-kilometer (6.2 miles) and a 5K (3.1 miles).

And second, the event takes place in two states, in two time zones and is billed as “one dam great race” thanks to a crossing at Davis Dam for the long course. The race offers favorable running conditions (it is milder in the Tri-state than it is most other places in early December) and awesome scenery with the Colorado River, the dam and the mountains all contributing to the effect. The races are expected to attract runners from throughout North America; previous editions have drawn more than 500 competitors.

The 2018 Run Laughlin Half Marathon takes place Saturday, Dec. 1. Entries are being accepted through the official race website, https://runlaughlin.com. The website has plenty of information about the courses used in each race, the rules, other pertinent race information as well as links to attractions and accommodations in the area.

A portion of race registration fees will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River.

The half marathon will begin at 7 a.m. at Laughlin High School, traveling uphill on Needles Highway to Nevada State Highway 163, then downhill toward Davis Dam Road to Davis Dam, crossing from Nevada into Arizona (and from Pacific Standard Time Zone to the Mountain Standard Time Zone) before returning to Nevada via Davis Dam and onto Casino Drive for the final portion of the race.

The 10K race starts at 8 a.m. with the start and the finish in the middle of Casino Drive. Runners will go north toward Davis Dam but the out-and-back course has a turn-around before reaching the dam for a return back to Casino Drive.

The 5K course also begins in the middle of Casino Drive, with an 8:10 a.m. start. It follows the initial path of the 10K -- except the out-and-back turn-around comes up much more quickly.

And for runners who can’t make it to Laughlin on the day of the Run Laughlin Half Marathon, there is a virtual run -- competitors do their own run or walk but still take part in the event and its support of the Boys & Girls Clubs.

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