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Marathon runners, UFC fans take over Las Vegas strip

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Runners jog down the Las Vegas Strip during the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in this undated file image. (File/FOX5) Runners jog down the Las Vegas Strip during the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in this undated file image. (File/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Two major events happening this weekend on the Las Vegas strip - UFC's 20th anniversary fight and the Rock and Roll Marathon - mean big money for the city.

Marathon runners and UFC fans take over the Las Vegas strip. Mark Carpowich fits both of those categories, walking to the MGM Grand to watch the UFC showdown and mentally preparing to run the half marathon less than 24 hours later.

"Last year the marathon was in December, loved it last year, wanted to redo this year," Carpowich said. "Once I saw it was the same weekend it was a no brainer - of course, we're going to be there."

The visitor from San Diego said chilly, windy weather at last year's marathon slowed him down, but the first November Rock and Roll marathon should help improve his record.

The pair is among tens of thousands in town from all over the world for both events, hoping to make the most of their Las Vegas visit. For some that means dropping a lot of cash.

"I need to get a bib clip, see what gadgets they have, and any souvenirs," said Leann McDonald, who's visiting from Canada.

McDonald and her husband got a head start in spending at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the health and fitness expo. The race expected to bring $183 million to the local economy.

Event manager Nicole Christenson said that shouldn't take long, with 30,000 runners representing 52 countries in town.

"We want them gambling at casinos, going to restaurants. We want them to spend money, and I believe that they are," said Christenson.

When they're not trying their luck at the casinos, Christenson said runners will notice a lot more security and law enforcement than any previous Las Vegas marathon. Those officers will be keeping close watch on the crowd running down the Las Vegas strip Sunday night, the fans celebrating UFC's 20th anniversary and those doing a little of everything.

"People can stay out, party, have the next day to recover, nap, get out there and race," said  Christenson.

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