Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon today announced that the Goo Goo Dolls will headline the pre-race concert. The band will perform for more than 30,000 runners on Sunday, November 12 at 3:00 p.m., prior to the marathon and half marathon start (Photo credit: Bob Mussel).
“The Goo Goo Dolls are one of the first bands that comes to mind when thinking about the late 90’s and we are thrilled to have them headline this year,” said Alex Bennett, Vice President of Events for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “The band will resonate with runners of all ages and will be a great way to get pumped up before that 13.1 or 26.2-mile journey down the Las Vegas Strip.”
The Goo Goo Dolls reached superstardom in 1997 when they released “Iris” for motion picture City of Angels. The song topped the Billboard charts at number one for four weeks and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Following the success of “Iris,” the band released triple-platinum album, Dizzy Up the Girl, which included “Iris” as well as, “Slide,” “Black Balloon,” “Broadway” and “Dizzy.” The Goo Goo Dolls have also released hits, “Here Is Gone,” “Sympathy” and “Big Machine” and have sold 12 million albums around the world.
The Goo Goo Dolls concert highlights an electrifying weekend of rocking and running as participants span across all eight lanes of Las Vegas Boulevard, shutting down the Las Vegas Strip in extraordinary fashion. Runners of all levels are invited to light up the Las Vegas Strip at night, experiencing the famed boulevard from a unique point of view.
The race returns the weekend of November 11 – 12 and is one of the only private events to exclusively shut down the Las Vegas Strip at night. Race highlights include all the must-see Vegas sights such as the iconic ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign, the Fountains of Bellagio, and the finish line at the foot of the Mirage volcano.
Race weekend begins on Saturday night with the Brooks Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K presented by SLS Las Vegas, followed by Sunday evening hosting the marathon, half marathon and 10K distances. Runners can choose to participate in the “Remix Challenge” and earn a bonus third medal by running in both the 5K on Saturday and any distance on Sunday.
Sunday begins with the Goo Goo Dolls performance at the Las Vegas Village, across from the Luxor. In addition to the headliner concert, live bands and DJs spanning all genres will play along the race courses entertaining and encouraging runners as they make their way to the finish line.
The marathon and half marathon will take off at 4:30 p.m., on Las Vegas Blvd. next to Mandalay Bay. The 10K starts at 4:00 p.m. at an additional start line on Las Vegas Blvd, four miles north of the marathon and half marathon start. All three distances finish at the same location, next to the Mirage Volcano on the Strip.