Las Vegas draws a different sort of crowd with its ever popular annual marathon. Last year's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon brought a unique surprise to runners: horrendous sanitation resulting in a lot of undue illness. The city will clean up its act and keep the runners healthy by stepping up sanitation regulations, especially in the water department.
A year after hundreds of Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon runners reported symptoms of stomach illness, organizers on Monday promised changes that include strict sanitation rules and the hiring of a contractor to supply water to runners.
Revisions for Sunday's event include the use of closed 125-gallon tanks with spigot hoses at water stations along the courses, officials said. Water will be trucked in, instead of drawn from fire hydrants.
"Water will not be exposed like it was previously. We're going to take the extra step," said Adam Zocks, event director for the San Diego-based Competitor Group Inc.