For Your Health

2012 Flying Pig Marathon Preview

Chad W. Lutz
Each spring, tens of thousands of runners gather to test their abilities on a relatively strenuous course which takes runners through the heart of the Queen City. Now a staple of the Ohio city’s spring festivities, the Flying Pig enters its 14th year and promises fun and excitement from starting line to finish swine.
In addition to the full marathon, Flying Pig events include a half marathon, 10k, and 5k, as well as kid’s fun runs and after party festivities. The races kick off with the 5k and 10k races on Saturday, May 5, and conclude with the marathon and half marathon Sunday, May 6. Last year, nearly 4,300 participants ran the full marathon and an astounding 10,800 ran the half marathon.
Participants of all Flying Pig events receive a commemorative shirt, goodie bag, limited edition poster, and commemorative medallion. Runners of the marathon and half marathon also receive a “special gift.” Each course provides a unique look at the City of Cincinnati. Excluding the 5k, all courses travel across the river to Kentucky and provide a truly scenic metropolitan take on the marathon, half marathon, and 10k races.
Online registration for Cincinnati’s Flying Pig marathon, half marathon, 10k, and 5k is officially closed. Runners wishing to participate in this year’s events may still register at the P&G Health & Fitness Expo held at the Duke Energy Center downtown 12p.m. to 7p.m. Friday, May 4. Runners already registered may pick up race packets at this time. Packet pickup will also be available Saturday, May 5, at the Reds Hall of Fame beginning at 6:30a.m.
Whether you’re a runner looking to test your limits or reach a new goal or a local college student with nothing better to do, check out the 2012 Flying Pig festivities. Each year, thousands of people gather together to cheer on friends, family, and other participants dressed in pig costumes and pretty much anything else you can think of. Space may be limited along race courses, so arrive early to secure a prime space.

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