Flat, Fast, City Course. The race will Start and Finish at The Cosmopolitan, on the famous Las Vegas Strip.
Thank you for signing up for this incredible race, in memory of the crew and passengers of Windy25, who lost their lives on 6 April 2005 near Ghazni, Afghanistan. As you know, all of the proceeds from this race – including your registration fee – will benefit T.A.P.S., a national non-profit organization providing compassionate care to anyone grieving the death of someone who served in the military. T.A.P.S. provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, and 24/7 crisis intervention care for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge.
The route will begin at the Casino Entrance of the Cosmopolitan, on the Las Vegas Strip. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is located at 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109.
We will all meet on the Pedestrian Sidewalk no later than 8:30am. There will be race-day registration and packet pick-up starting at 7:30am; we will line up at the Start (the right two lanes of Las Vegas Blvd, in front of the Casino Entrance of the Cosmopolitan) Line no later than 8:45am, where we will be hearing from the former commander of Big Windy, a representative from TAPS, and an executive from the Cosmopolitan. A air-horn start will go off at 9am prompt! The following map is the route of the race –
Runners will proceed West onto W. Harmon Ave, cross the Harmon overpass, and wind back on a reverse route to the finish line at The Cosmopolitan.
The race course is certified by USA Track and Field and follows a fairly flat course with the Start and Finish lines on the famed Las Vegas strip!
On Friday, March 24th, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00pm, at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, we will have pre-race packet pick-up, where runners can get your bib and timing chip, your T-shirt, and race Start Line and finish Line details. This is located at the Condesa Registration Desk, Level 2, West Tower Elevators; Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South. If you can do so, it will make race-day operations much easier by picking up your race packet on Friday(you will also be asked to review your sign-up information for accuracy).
If you are unable to make the Friday packet pick-up times, there will be race-day registration and packet pick-up starting at 7:30am at the Casino Entrance to The Cosmopolitan.
After Race Party and Awards
There is an Awards Presentation (including prizes) and After-Party hosted by the Cosmopolitan in their Pool Area, on Level 4. There will be a special area (and pool) for runners, complete with drinks and after-race snacks. There will also be drinks available at the pool bar.
The Awards Presentation/After-Party will begin immediately following the race, until 1pm. This is a VIP area, and all runners and their families are welcome. Feel free to stay poolside afterwards!
Prizes for the ‘most-raised’ per individual and per team. Pledge your support and encourage your friends, family, and fellow runners to donate to this wonderful event and cause. Participant T-shirts will be given to the first 500 runners who sign up in advance. A limited number of T-shirts will be available on race day morning at the Registration area.
There will be medals for the first place finishers – both male and female – in the following age categories:
Age 19 and under Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-59 Age 60 and over Top Men’s and Women’s overall
The race will start and end at the entrance to Las Vegas’ newest addition to the famous Las Vegas Strip!
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Parking is free at the Cosmopolitan for race participants. Park in “East Parking” and take the elevator up to the Casino Entrance on race day.
On behalf of the Big Windy family, the Windy25 Memorial 5k, our military service members, all fallen service members, and the families they leave behind, we thank you for your support and your participation in this epic race.
We encourage you to share our event with your friends, family, and colleagues. We would be delighted to have them participate as well. Also, we encourage runners to build pledge support from their personal/team donations page on our website: https://taps.org/Windy25