Flying Pig Marathon

The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon is an annual 26.2 mi (42.2 km)[1] race run the first Sunday of May in Cincinnati, Ohio. First held in 1999, it is the 3rd-largest first-time marathon in the United States. The marathon had nearly 5000 finishers in 2008, and total participation for all weekend events exceeded 30,408 in 2011.[2] The race starts and finishes downtown and also crosses into Northern Kentucky. It is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.

Flying Pig Marathon
Flying Pig Marathon logo.svg
Flying Pig Marathon logo
DateGenerally the first Sunday in May
LocationCincinnati, Ohio and Northern Kentucky
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon - 26.2 mi
Course records2:20:25 - Cecil Franke - 2006
2:34:35 - Tatyana Pozdnyakova - 2002


The marathon was first held in 1999.

In 2002, overall female winner Tatyana Pozdnyakova set the course record with a finish time of 2:34:35.

In 2006, overall male winner Cecil Franke set the course record with a finish time of 2:20:25.

In 2011, legally blind runner Amy McDonaugh won the race in the women's division without a guide and with a time of 2:58:14.[a][3][4][5][2]

In 2020, the race was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, with all registrants given the option of either running the race virtually or transferring their entry to a later year.[6]


The race course starts in downtown Cincinnati and crosses the Taylor-Southgate Bridge over the Ohio River into Northern Kentucky, where it travels through Newport and crosses westward over the Licking River via the Fourth Street Bridge into Covington. From Covington, the route takes the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge back over the Ohio River into Cincinnati. After looping westward the first leg ends east of downtown in Eden Park, a distance of 6.84 miles (11.01 km). The race course then makes its way east through East Walnut Hills, O'Bryonville, and Hyde Park and ends after 5.16 miles (8.30 km) at Richards Industries on Wasson Road. The third leg goes east to the village of Mariemont before looping back to head towards the river; it ends in Linwood, having traversed 7.67 miles (12.34 km). The final leg is 6.55 miles (10.54 km) to the finish line downtown. The last 7 km (4.3 mi) of the fourth leg follow the Ohio River Scenic Byway (US 52) along the Ohio River, heading downtown toward the finish line.[7]

Other racesEdit

In recent years, the Flying Pig has included a 5K race, a 10K race, and a half marathon and a 2-mile "Flying Fur" event for dogs and humans. The 5K and 10K are held on the day before the marathon. The half marathon starts and finishes at the same locations as the full marathon, and is held on the same day as the full marathon.


Marathon - 2000 - Rudolph Jun — Czech Republic — 2:23:04

Marathon - 2000 - Rebecca Gallaher - Mississippi - 2:49:32[8]

Wheeler - 2000 - Franz Nietlispach - Leimgasse - 1:35:59

Wheeler - 2000 - Holly Koester - Bedford, Massachusetts - 3:17:41[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ McDonaugh was "completely blind in her right eye and her vision [was] 23/100 in her left eye with no peripheral sight".[3]


  1. ^ "Certified Courses search results for Course ID OH08014PR". USA Track and Field. Retrieved 2014-10-26.
  2. ^ a b "Kieran O'Connor, Amy McDonaugh win Flying Pig Marathon". Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  3. ^ a b "Legally Blind Runner Wins Flying Pig Marathon". 2 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Legally blind runner wins the women's Flying Pig marathon in Cincinnati - GO AMY!". New York Daily News.
  5. ^ "Blind ambition". June 2011.
  6. ^ "Flying Pig Marathon".
  7. ^ "Marathon Course Description".
  8. ^ Fay, John (15 May 2000). "Pig Winners Fly Away From the Pack". sports. The Cincinnati Enquirer. Cincinnati, Ohio. p. C1.
  9. ^ Holtermann, Pete (15 May 2000). "Wheel Winner Briefly Lost". sports. The Cincinnati Enquirer. Cincinnati, Ohio. p. C9, C14.

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