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2013 Mrs. Nevada America Ruth Gray of Las Vegas competes in Mrs. America Pageant

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2013 Mrs. Nevada America Ruth Gray and Michael Boychuck attend the grand opening of Boychuck’s Life Spa + Salon in Summerlin on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.

2013 Mrs. America Pageant

2013 Mrs. America Pageant

There has never been a winner from Nevada since the Mrs. America Pageant began in 1978. Tonight in Tucson, former Palms model face Ruth Gray hopes to change that and win the national title.

Ruth is married to our center-Strip Linq General Manager Jon Gray, a Caesars Entertainment VP, and they have a 2-year-old son, Nash Danger. Ruth’s 50 rivals range in age from the 20s to the 50s in competing for the title.

Tonight’s winner will represent the United States at the Mrs. World Pageant in December in Orlando, Fla. Here are the contestants, including Ruth, on their first day in Tucson:

“Married for four years, Jon and I were set up on a blind date by my twin sister, Ryan,” Ruth said. “Ryan and I are identical and look so much alike that Nash sometimes calls Ryan his mommy!

“I’m so proud of my husband because when completed by the end of the year, he will be responsible for a $330 million project that will forever change the face of the Las Vegas skyline. “

Ruth, who has competed in seven marathons, clocking in at 3 hours and 15 minutes in Boston, says she learned early the importance of working hard to achieve her dreams and won a track and field scholarship to attend college. Here are the contestants, including Ruth, filming sequences for the broadcast on their tour of Tucson:

She summed up: “I have been so fortunate as Mrs. Nevada America 2013 to use my passion for health and fitness to positively impact my community. In addition to implementing Let’s Get Moving, a program that inspires our youth to be active and strong, it has truly been an honor to be able to work with Special Olympics.

“Being with these wonderful athletes has taught me the importance of not taking anything for granted and to be grateful for everything I have been blessed with. I look forward to continuing my work with these amazing athletes for years to come as a track and field coach, inspiring and touching their lives as so many of my coaches have done for me over the years.”

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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