Cincinnati Marathon, Inc., is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization formed to host a national event, the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, which raises money for charities.
The mission of the Cincinnati Marathon, Inc., is to provide a premier event open to athletes of all abilities that is dedicated to supporting charities. The event should inspire community celebration and reward the emotions of all participants, sponsors, volunteers and spectators.
The vision of Cincinnati Marathon, Inc.
- To be a high demand event filled to capacity
- To be respected within the athletic and running community as a first class event
- To have a warm, fun, friendly atmosphere with a “WOW” factor and surprises for all
- To increase the awareness and financial recognition of the charities involved
- To create lasting, long-term relationships with all involved-participants, charities, volunteers, sponsors, spectators and the media
- To be a Midwest event which highlights the strengths of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky community
- To capture the unique and rich heritage, history and spirit of our community
- To use the most advanced technology available in order to facilitate executional excellence
Why a Pig?
In the 1800s, when riverboats plied the Ohio River, Cincinnati was a center of Western commerce. Since agriculture was a prime source of revenue in this area, boats filled with livestock and produce would dock in Cincinnati to sell their wares. Hogs were a major source of income for farmers here, as well, so pigs that were brought in by boat, or herded into town from area farms, were matched through the streets of Cincinnati to the processing plants. So many, in fact, that Cincinnati came to be known as “Porkopolis.”
Fast forward to 1988, when Cincinnati celebrated its Bicentennial. To mark the occasion, the city decided to renovate its riverfront to include a “Bicentennial Commons” park. Noted designer Andrew Leicester was commissioned to design the commons, which was to reflect the city’s past. When he submitted his plans, one signature feature caught everyone’s attention: The entrance to Bicentennial Commons would be four smokestacks, for the city’s riverboat heritage, with four flying pigs on top, reflecting, according to Leicester, the spirits of the pigs who gave their lives so the city could grow.
After much outcry among Cincinnati city council members, many of whom donned pig noses to debate whether the swine symbols would make the laughing stock of the country, the project was approved and the pigs became the signature sculpture of the new Cincinnati Riverfront. The pigs live on today at the entrance to Bicentennial Commons.
TQL Beer Series
Launched in 2013, the TQL Beer Series served up by the Flying Pig Marathon combines the Bockfest 5K in March, the Fifty West Mile over Flying Pig Weekend and the Hudepohl 14K and 7K events in September during Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.
The series not only celebrates Cincinnati’s brewing heritage, it supports the Brewery Heritage Trail and Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment. Participants who finish all three events are deemed “Brew Hogs” and are rewarded with special gifts and an exclusive “happy hour.” Find more on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/TQLBeerSeries
Queen Bee Half Marathon
The Queen Bee Half debuted in 2014 with a whimsical ‘bee’ theme celebrating female runners, but guys are welcome, too! The Queen Bee Half Marathon is a female-themed half marathon tour of Greater Cincinnati with lots of fun and food before, during and after! Make it a girls’ weekend in Cincinnati with a “Bee-u-tique” before the event highlighting pampering and wellness, with a fashion show featuring the latest in leisure and sportswear. Learn more at www.queenbeehalf.com.