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Rock & Roll Half Marathon @ LINQ Nov. 13-16 Semi-Live w/ Pics (hopefully)

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by VegasGreg, Nov 13, 2015.

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  1. VegasGreg

    VegasGreg Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Hello VMBers!

    I love VMB and reading all of the trip reports posted by the group. I am going to attempt complete my own first trip report. The goal of this TR is make it semi-live with photos and brief updates. I feel that I owe to all of the people that are currently not in Vegas, but are living vicariously through those of us that are currently there! Those reports have helped me get through my Vegas lent (i.e. BS, pphold, Royal Flusher, and many others on this site). I will do my best and I know it will be a challenge. I plan to take photos of any exciting wins, meals, beverages, hotel room, and many shots while on the strip running my race...more on that below. This is all assuming my phone with cooperates with me.

    Participants: Myself and the GF.

    Rundown of the trip: Arriving tonight and leaving Monday morning. Staying at the Linq for a few reasons...price, it's affordable; location...primary reason because it is close to the finish line of the race; and I am very curious of how they changed the hotel. Five hundy gave it a great review for the price and location and that the rooms were nice.

    Objectives while in Vegas:

    Friday: Focus on the strip.
    Observation Wheel
    Venetian
    Cosmo
    Paris
    Bellagio Fountains
    Collect Sports bets at MGM and make more for me and some co-workers

    Saturday:
    Running Expo at Convention Center to collect our racing bibs
    Downtown all day
    Hang out at the D, watch my Buckeyes at Long Bar perhaps with Matty Ice
    Play a lot of slots, blackjack, and some roulette with the GF. Try to get some decent coin-in and maybe score some free room comps at a later date at the D.
    Sigma Derby and what ever else floats my boat. This trip is very loosely organized

    Sunday:
    Morning - who knows? maybe rest during the day or try to lay low until the race
    Rock and Roll Half Marathon on Sunday night. Primary reason of the trip and how I was able to bribe my GF to go to Vegas with me.
    [video=youtube;lSVD93CWsJ4]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSVD93CWsJ4[/video]

    Food:
    Lobster Me for a Lobster roll
    Andiamo
    Du Pars
    Pizza Rock
    Earl of Sandwich
    Hash Hash
    Tacos El Gordo

    Drinks:
    We want to try a Verbena at Cosmo.
    Beers at TAG Bar
    mixed drinks everywhere.

    Hope you enjoy the report!
     
  2. FuzzyDiceCraps

    FuzzyDiceCraps High-Roller

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    Enjoy have a great time and good luck!!

    I'm another diehard Buckeye coming in for the 1/2 (my wife is running, I'm supporting).

    If we were downtown, we'd come catch the game with you guys. GO BUCKS and looking forward to the TR!
     
  3. Suekel

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    Looking forward to it! Safe travels.
     
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  4. VegasGreg

    VegasGreg Low-Roller

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    Maybe we can take over long bar at 9am! Haha. Go Bucks!
     
  5. VegasGreg

    VegasGreg Low-Roller

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    [​IMG] bags packed 4 hours early. I obviously can't wait to get there!
     
  6. WHU66

    WHU66 Low-Roller

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    Have a great trip, let us know how the race goes, it's high on my bucket list!!
     
  7. VegasGreg

    VegasGreg Low-Roller

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    First loss of the trip....flight delayed 1 hour.
     
  8. VegasGreg

    VegasGreg Low-Roller

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    Thanks whu& sue. Hope to survive the race.
     
  9. VegasGreg

    VegasGreg Low-Roller

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    How I'm spending my delay.
     
  10. geoff

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    Good luck! Wish I could have made it out this year
     
  11. dvandentop

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    went to marathon last year stayed at wynn it was a great time!

    good luck this weekend will be following along
     
  12. Richard Alpert

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    Have a great run and an excellent trip! Seeing Earl of Sammie on your list made me salivate all over my keyboard...

    -Richard
     
  13. VegasGreg

    VegasGreg Low-Roller

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    Flight only 35 min behind, so not so bad. $20 trick got us a king suite upgrade[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    I must say that I am very impressed with what you get for the money and location for LINQ.
     
  14. VegasGreg

    VegasGreg Low-Roller

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    [​IMG]
    Looking over forum shops.
     
  15. VegasGreg

    VegasGreg Low-Roller

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    First meal of the trip...lobster roll and chowder fries.
     
  16. Uranium 235

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    Great pics...looking forward to following your TR.

    Just for my understanding of the $20 trick, when do you present the cash? Upon arriving at the desk? Do you literally ask for the upgrade or is the $20 presented ostensibly as a tip?
     
  17. VegasGreg

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    It's a $20 sandwich between your ID and credit card. Just ask for something specific. I said "any complimentary suites available?" It's feels stealth like to some. I see it as the first gamble of the trip. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but I find it fun to try!
     
  18. VegasGreg

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    Update in day 1:
    I wouldn't recommend the lobster roll, over priced and under flavored.
    Gambling was uneventful. Lost around $180 between food, gambling, and drinks. I do t know why, but gambling didn't seem exciting to me last night. Maybe I was tired form being up 23 hrs.
     
  19. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    You got a lot more out of the $20 trick than I did there in April! I just moved from a double to a king.

    Random question, is there another TV in front of the bed?
     
  20. VegasGreg

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    Yes, two 50-55in LG lcd tvs.
     
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