LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — John Langeler was in downtown Fremont East on Thursday morning to discuss the Mint 400 off-road race that runs Dec. 1-5.
The legendary Desert Race takes place here in Southern Nevada. It’s an amazing event and Langeler was able to interview Matt Martelli about what viewers can expect.
The Mint 400 is the greatest off-road race on the planet. It all started on Fremont Street in 1968 in the old Mint Hotel – so it’s part of the Las Vegas heritage.
He disappeared for a few years, but came back and got stronger.
What can people expect this year?
For two days, more than 400 runners will be on the state line in Primm.
There will be a full day of off-road festivities on Thursday at Fremont Street so drivers can expect heavier than normal traffic. There was also a parade on Las Vegas Blvd on Wednesday.
It’s not just this year in downtown Las Vegas, the fun will be on as they race through the desert.
For people who want to witness real desert racing, the friendly event will offer tickets to watch from four remote viewing areas, as well as the start and finish in Primm.
There will be plenty of vendors, food, and activity on Friday and Saturday.
How the pandemic affected event dates
The Mint 400 is usually not in December. It is normally in March.
The event organizers have recalibrated everything to make it happen this year. America is tough, and so is off-road racing, “We can take the beating,” said Matt Martelli.
Next year the event will return to the second weekend of March.
“You can’t stop off-road racing. We are going to race! Pandemic or no pandemic. Go out and enjoy vitamin D and be healthy,” Martelli added.
For more information visit the event website.