Race Date: 05/01/2016
Weather: Hot and humid
Course: In and around downtown Cincinnati
Run Again: Probably not
Race Recap: The Flying Pig is one of those races that almost every marathoner hears about at some
point along the way. The race has a fantastic reputation for being well-organized and lots of fun, so
it’s been on my bucket list for some time. And I should say up front that it definitely lived up to
For starters, there is a race for everyone in the family. Seriously. There is a 5K, 10K, half, and
marathon. There is also a kids’ race, a dog/human race, a beer mile, a race for people with
disabilities, and various ways to combine all of the events for extra challenges. Registration was
pretty easy and while the hotel was expensive, it wasn’t too hard to find.
At the race itself, there was a live band playing while we waited for the gun in our “Pig Pens,” as
well as live bands spaced throughout the course. Spectator support was phenomenal, it was pretty
obvious that Cincinnatians take a lot of pride in this race. I should note here that Cincinnati is
known as the city of seven hills and let me tell you, you will find all of those hills (and more!)
along this course.
But as it’s reputation suggests, the race is well organized, with plenty of water stops and some fun
extras (like the bacon stops and fishies/pigs in a blanket (gummy bears,) along the way.) The course
was an interesting mix of city streets and winding suburban roads as well as hills, hills, and more
If you are looking for a fun race with lots of side-activities and plenty of spectator support, the
Flying Pig may just be for you.