Fitness that fits you: Run, hike and exercise in Vegas

Stay in Vegas. Stay in shape. It really is that easy. Whether you’re a runner, a hiking enthusiast or you like to experiment with fitness classes, there are plenty of healthy ways to get your heart pumping in Vegas.

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Las Vegas is a runner’s dream with tons of 5Ks, 10Ks and even a full marathon on the Las Vegas Strip. We have serious runs and we have fun runs — some as bizarre as the city. Where else are you encouraged to cover yourself from head to toe in glowing neon or ante up on your running action?

Meanwhile, don’t feel insulted the next time someone tells you to take a hike in Las Vegas. They’re most likely not trying to get rid of you. They’re  probably referring to our many nature trails, such as the trails at Red Rock Canyon or Valley of Fire. Hope you remembered to pack your hiking boots!

Of course our one-of-a-kind city also offers an array of only-in-Vegas fitness opportunities for those who want to stay in shape, including Yoga Among the Dolphins and stripper classes.

Read on for some suggestions on staying fit during your Vegas vacation, including upcoming runs, hikes and exercise classes.

Upcoming runs in 2014

Moms Rock

When: 7 a.m. May 10
Where:  Floyd Lamb State Park

Leave the dirty diapers for dad and run serene nature paths while enjoying views of the mountains, lake, desert landscape and flocks of peacocks, ducks and geese at one of the oldest parks in Nevada. Participants receive a T-shirt and a medal, plus moms receive a flower. The 10K, 5K or 1-mile run is followed by a Mother’s Day picnic in the park. More info.

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Foam Glow

When: 8 p.m. May 31
Where: Sam Boyd Stadium

Glowing foam, black lights, and runners, oh my! Runners start wearing white and by the end of the 3-mile course they are proud victims of a neon explosion. The foam is non-toxic and lots of fun. Runners in this 5K receive a T-shirt and sponsored goodies. The race is followed by a party with with music, more foam and more black lights. More info.

Sprinkler Sprint

When: 9 a.m. June 7
Where: Downtown Las Vegas

Remember the pure joy of running through the sprinklers as a kid?  Relive those glory days in the form of a 5K race, the Sprinkler Sprint. Run through the Misty Tunnel, Super Soaking Squirt Gun Zone, Water Cannon Blast and Ice Pop Stop all the way to the Slip and Slide Finish Line. Runners receive a swag bag full of goodies and a T-shirt, plus both a starting line party and a wet and wild after party. More info.

Dads Rock Too!

When: 7 a.m. June 14
Where:  Floyd Lamb State Park

When you open your Father’s Day present to find yet another tie and you’re not sure what to say, you’ll have a good excuse to run away during this inaugural 5K. Enjoy serene nature paths while enjoying views of the mountains, lake, desert landscape and flocks of peacocks, ducks and geese at one of the oldest parks in Nevada. Participants receive a T-shirt and a medal. The 5K or 1-mile run is followed by a Father’s Day picnic in the park. More info.

Poker Run

When: 6 p.m. July 12
Where: Kellog-Zaher Park (east parking lot)

Take a gamble on this Vegas-style run with 12 hours of a 5K or 10K that you can customize on a 1.69-mile paved loop. Runners receive a card after completion of each lap, and the best hand wins. Runners may elect to “hit” and improve their hand by running additional laps. More info.

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Run or Dye

When: Sept. 20
Where: Sam Boyd Stadium

Add some color to your world and get showered with random acts of color — safe, eco-friendly, plant-based cornstarch dye — every kilometer on this fun run. Show up in white and leave looking like all the colors of the rainbow.  The race is followed by a Dye Festival. More info.

Devil Dash

When: Fall 2014 (TBD)
Where: Bootleg Canyon Park

Conquer the seven deadly sins in Sin City on this devilish dash through the dark. The devil is in the details, so be sure to wear a glowing costume. Runners enjoy beer in the Beer Garden of Eden and bands. More info.

Glow Run

When: 7 p.m., Oct. 12
Where: Downtown Las Vegas, Bridger Ave and Las Vegas Blvd.

Glow with the flow as you walk, run or dance through the 5K course donning a colorful costume, followed by an AfterGlow party at the finish line. Glowing running batons are supplied, but you are encouraged to bring along any additional glow products you might need. More info.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon

When: Nov. 14 – 16, 2014; Marathon at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 16
Where: Las Vegas Strip

Run on one of the most famous stretches of road in the world, the Las Vegas Strip, at night! Benefiting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, this marathon and half marathon provides an ultimate weekend of running events for runners of all levels. The weekend includes live music, parties, a health & fitness expo, multiple running distances and more. More info.


Historic Railroad Trail

Enjoy panoramic views of Lake Mead, Boulder Basin and Fortification Hill on this historic recreational trail, including  300-foot-long tunnels that were once used to transport equipment to Hoover Dam.You may even see desert bighorn sheep, raven and owl nests, lizards and more wildlife.  Nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, the  3.7-mile trail is easily accessible via the Hoover Dam parking garage.

Red Rock. Photo by Leila Navidi / Las Vegas Sun.

Red Rock trails

With awe-inspiring views and gorgeous red rock formations, the trails at Red Rock Canyon provide opportunities for everyone from the novice to the expert hiker. Trails include Calico Hills, Calico Tanks, Turtlehead Peak, White Springs Loop, Keystone Thrust, White Rock – Willow Springs and more. Stop by the Visitor’s Center for more information.

Valley of Fire trails

The oldest and largest state park in Nevada, Valley of Fire provides one-of-a-kind hikes including the Mouse’s Tank, Atlatl Rock and White Domes. Located 50 miles north of the city, the state park attracts 300,000 visitors a year with its bright crimson rock formations. It has been the shooting site of many Hollywood films, including “Transformers” and “Planet of the Apes.” Stop by the Visitor’s Center for more information.

Mount Charleston trails

Green will surround you from every angle if you venture up to Mount Charleston to tackle a hike. Located 35 miles northwest of the city, visitors experience foliage changes in the fall and snow in the winter. Better yet, it’s cooler than the city, making it an ideal spot to hike during the summer. You may just forget you’re in the desert.

Hotel Hike

With exercises intended to build the same muscles you would target on an actual hike, be prepared to walk up a whole lot of stairs during the 60-minute Indoor Hike at Aria at CityCenter. Escalators are off limits! On the hike, your instructor will lead you through the mammoth hotel past art installations, restaurants, bars, stores, a theater, convention area, casino and tons of Starbucks. You may even venture into some of the outdoor spaces at CityCenter, through Crystals (and yes, another Starbucks) and past the unique water features at the Aria porte- cochère. The hike starts at the Spa at Aria fitness center where you receive a shoulder bag (to return at the end of class) with a bottle of water, hand weights and a yoga mat.

Unique Fitness Classes

Yoga Among the Dolphins. Photo courtesy MGM Resorts.

Yoga Among the Dolphins

The 60-minute yoga class puts you face to flipper with the playful bottlenose dolphins from Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage. You don’t get wet or touch any dolphins — your practice actually takes place in an indoor viewing area underneath the water. While you stretch and flow from pose to pose, the dolphins watch and play from the other side of a window. Yogis have access to The Mirage Spa’s relaxing facilities before and after class, plus they receive a delicious post-workout smoothie.

Power Walk through Venice

Offered by Canyon Ranch SpaClub at Venetian and Palazzo, guests can start their morning with an invigorating 45-minute power walk through the Vegas version of Venice.


The fitness center at The Cosmopolitan has a full-size boxing ring available for all fitness center guests to use at no additional charge. They also have a boxing trainer who is available for personalized one-on-one lessons.

Burlesque and pole dancing classes

Learn the ins and outs of being a Las Vegas showgirl from the same sexy dancers who perform in the adult revue “X Burlesque”  in the 75-minute X Burlesque University at the Flamingo. Or let go of your inhibitions as your inner diva runs wild in the striptease cardio and pole dancing class Stripper 101 at the V Theater at Planet Hollywood.