Runners feeling safe in Las Vegas during Rock 'n' Roll Marathon weekend

LAS VEGAS - Expect a significant police presence for this year's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. It's the Las Vegas Valley's first major public event since the 1 October shooting.

Runners packed the Las Vegas Strip and Sahara Avenue Saturday night for the 5K race. The marathon and half-marathon are scheduled for Sunday.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is increasing the number of officers patrolling the area to about 350. 

Authorities plan to use everything from barriers to trucks and squad cars to protect the marathon route.

Runners say they feel safe in Las Vegas, despite the tragic events of 1 October. 

“Every single one of us had already planned on being here before that, and we had a lot of people telling us do you really want to go, and everyone said we're going that's not going to deter us,” said Kira Hein, Rock 'N' Roll Marathon runner.

The Goo Goo Dolls will perform around 7:00 p.m. Saturday as the 5K wraps up. 

On Sunday, 40,000 people are expected to take part in the full Rock 'n' Roll Marathon.

The 26-mile marathon starts at 4:30 p.m. and the much of Las Vegas Boulevard will be shut down.


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