The Flying Pig Marathon is back this year, as are the resulting weekend-long road closures across Cincinnati.
All Flying Pig events were canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers postponed the 2021 event from May to October 29 through 31.
A dreary Saturday morning didn’t stop runners from participating in The Flying Pig Marathon.
In addition to the marathon and half marathon on Sunday, the Fifty West One Mile Sprint will take place on Friday evening, followed by 10K, 5K, 4 Miler and Flying Fur races on Saturday. The city of Cincinnati will shut down roads starting Thursday to prepare for all of these events.
This marks the first in-person Flying Pig and Queen Bee since 2019. In 2020, the race was virtual because of the pandemic.
I think it’s just that coming back and being able to gather and get out there and run. There was so much excitement in the air; it was phenomenal,” said Doug Olberding, a member of the board of directors for the Flying Pig Marathon.
When Alison Delgado was helping Colerain win state championships in cross country, running was her entire life.
Her perspective has changed in the last decade after she nearly died in a car accident in 2010, and now running is a part of a rich and healthy life.
While riding a bicycle, she was hit by a car. At the time, she had been married for five months and was a pediatric resident at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
The injuries were extensive, with multiple broken bones in her neck and jaw, bruising on her heart and lungs, and an aneurysm in her brain.
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Delgado was lucky to be alive, but within a year, she was running again. And two years later, she was running the Flying Pig Marathon, finishing fourth in the women’s division in a personal-best time.
Delgado had won the Flying Pig four years after graduation in 2005, but being able to run the marathon again was a gift. Being alive was the most important gift of all. Her time in 2012 was a personal best, but her life was in its best place, and she ran with a better peace of mind.
A popular Cincinnati restaurant will remain closed on Flying Pig Weekend.
Staff with The Montgomery Inn Boathouse posted on Twitter Friday that the restaurant is closed Saturday and Sunday because of mechanical issues. It comes after a fire at the business Wednesday night.
Flying Pig’s first race of the weekend started Friday night, with participants from near and far going to Duke Energy Convention Center to register for this year’s events.
We had 29,000 people already registered,” she said. “I am so grateful to say, of that number, about 18,000 did it virtually last year. The support was there and so was the desire to stay healthy and fit.”
While fewer people will be running this year than normal, Simpson Bush said there’s nothing like having the event in-person.
“The inspiration and motivation you get from other people is hard to describe, but come down on race morning and you can literally feel it in the air,” she said.
Registration is open for the Flying Pig in-person and virtual events.
The in-person Flying Pig Marathon is sold out. The in-person Flying Pig half marathon costs $100 to register, the in-person Flying Pig 10K costs $55, the in-person Flying Pig 5K costs $48, the in-person Fifty West Mile costs $30 and the in-person Flying Pig open relay costs $320 per team.
There are also in-person Skyline Chili three-way challenges, including one with extra cheese. Click here to learn more.
The virtual Flying Pig 10K costs $30 to register, the virtual Flying Pig 5K costs $25, the virtual Fifty West Mile costs $25 and the virtual Flying Pig open relay costs $240 per team. There are other virtual options to participate in, too. Click here to learn more.
Marathon powered by P&G – 7:30 a.m.
Paycor Half Marathon – 7:30 a.m.
CityDash 4-Person Relay – 7:30 a.m.
Queen Bee Half Marathon – 7:30 a.m.
Michelob Ultra Post-Race Party – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.