From marathon drinking to marathon running, stay in shape in Vegas

Wages to be made. Drinks to slam. Strippers to ogle. We get it. There isn’t always time (or motivation) for regimented exercise during your Vegas visit.

But here’s a little known Las Vegas fact: Thanks to our Top 10 Tips, one-of-a-kind exercise classes, upcoming runs and awesome hiking trails, you can have your Vegas buffet and eat it too.

Let the games begin! Courtesy Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Top 10 Tips for Staying in Shape in Vegas

He who claims marathon drinking isn’t a form of exercise, clearly hasn’t been to Vegas

10. Hike from the MGM Grand parking structure to pretty much any location inside the MGM Grand.

9. Run away from the well-dressed men and women inside the hotel trying to sell you a time share.

8. Run away from the  pan-handling costumed characters on the Strip (or better yet, take a photo with each and every one of them).

7. Run from your air-conditioned car to an air-conditioned building.

6. Challenge former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman to a martini drinking contest.

5. Do some curls: Order two yard long margaritas, one for each arm. Lift, curl, drink, uncurl, repeat.

4. Now, dance on top of the table.

3. Find the nearest restroom and puke your guts out.

2. Skip the McDonalds drive-through. Instead go to the Tunnel of Love Drive-Through Wedding Chapel.

1. Sweat off any extra calories by anticipating your significant other’s reaction to the “Party Animal” tattoo on your forehead.


Now that’s class

Exercise classes as unique as the city itself 

Yoga Among the Dolphins

This 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.

Power Walk through Venice

Offered by Canyon Ranch SpaClub at Venetian and Palazzo, you can take a 45-minute power walk through the Vegas version of Venice.


Release your aggression at The Cosmopolitan fitness center’s full-size boxing ring. They even have a boxing trainer available for personalized one-on-one lessons.

Hotel Hike at Aria

Escalators are off limits during this 60-minute indoor hike through Aria and CityCenter, starting at the Spa at Aria fitness center.

Dance to another tune

Work out your daddy issues in stripper or burlesque dance classes, including:


You can run, 981, but you can't hide. Photo courtesy Springs Preserve

Gotta run

Las Vegas-based races runneth over

Run or Dye

When: Sept. 20
Where: Sam Boyd Stadium

Show up in white, get showered with colors at every kilometer and leave looking like a tie-dyed hippie, but not before showing off your rainbow fab look at a Dye Festival. More info.

Forest Challenge

When: 8 a.m., Sept. 20
Where: Bristlecone Trail, Mt. Charleston, State Highway 156 Las Vegas, NV 89124

Huff and puff among bristlecone pines in the cool, clean alpine air. More info.

Saints and Sinners Half Marathon & Team Relay

When: 7 a.m., Sept. 27
Where: Boulder City

This fun and steady downhill race is the surefire way to prove you’re a saint (or a sinner).  More info.

TuTu Trot

When: Sept. 27
Where: Downtown Las Vegas

Show off your fave tutu (you know you still have one leftover from EDC) as dance teams and cheerleading squads cheer you on to the finish line. More info.

Color Fun Fest 5K

When: Oct. 11
Where: Cashman Center

Holi meets EDM  with a color run and nighttime Color Fun Fest, featuring mass color and high voltage dance music. More info.

Glow Run

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

There’s no better time to glow with the flow  than a colorful run, followed by an AfterGlow party at the finish line. More info.

Scavenger Dash Las Vegas

When: Noon, Nov. 8
Where: PBR Rock Bar

Put on your detective hat and break out your magnifying glass for this scavenger hunt-style dash. More info.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. Photo courtesy

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

See the sites of the Las Vegas Strip on foot during a weekend of running events, including live music, parties, a health & fitness expo, multiple running distances and more. More info.

Las Vegas Turkey Trot

When: 8 a.m., Nov. 27
Where: Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Pretend you’re chasing your Thanksgiving dinner on this run through six short tunnels with a turnaround at the Hoover Dam. More info.

Wobble Before You Gobble 5K!

When: 8 a.m., Nov. 27
Where: Kellogg Zaher Park, 7901 W. Washington Ave.

Your looming Thanksgiving dinner is the perfect motivator to run as hard as you can … so you can eat as hard as you want. More info.

Pilgrims Rock! Half Marathon

When: Nov. 29
Where: Floyd Lamb Park

Burn off the calories from your Thanksgiving dinner then put them back on with the pumpkin pie, all while dressed like a pilgrim (of course). More info.

Resolution Run

When: Dec. 31
Where: Bill Briare Park, 650 N. Tenaya Way

Get a jump on making (and breaking) your New Year’s resolutions on this family-friendly run. More info.

Run Away With Cirque du Soleil

When: March 28, 2015
Where: Springs Preserve

Run with (or away from) “Cirque du Soleil” characters during this annual event that includes music from cast and crew, photo opps  and a kid’s circus play area. More info.


Hit the trail

When someone tells you to take a hike in Vegas, they mean it

Historic Railroad Trail

  • 3.7-mile trail is easily accessible via the Hoover Dam parking garage
  • Panoramic views of Lake Mead, Boulder Basin and Fortification Hill
  •  300-foot-long tunnels that were once used to transport equipment to Hoover Dam
  • Nominated to the National Register of Historic Places

Red Rock trails

  • Awe-inspiring views and gorgeous red rock formations
  • Trails provide opportunities for everyone from the novice to the expert hiker
  • Red Rock Canyon trails include Calico Hills, Calico Tanks, Turtlehead Peak, White Springs Loop, Keystone Thrust, White Rock – Willow Springs and more

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”

Mount Charleston trails

  • Mount Charleston is located 35 miles northwest of the city
  • Visitors experience foliage changes in the fall and snow in the winter
  • It’s cooler than the city, making it an ideal spot to hike during the summer
  • Lodging and camping available