FAQs

Q:
Why is it called the Flying Pig Marathon?
A:

In the 1800’s Cincinnati was called “Porkopolis” because of all the stockyards and the meat packing industry.  In fact, they often ran pigs through the downtown streets.  In the 1980’s when the riverfront was being developed, they commissioned a nationally renowned sculptor/artist to design something that was indicative of Cincinnati’s history and we now have Flying Pigs welcoming you to the riverfront.  When the founders of the marathon were looking for a name for the event back in ‘97 “Flying Pig” brought smiles to everyone’s face so that seemed most appropriate.

Q:
How hilly is it?
A:

The hills are in the first nine miles of the race.  The first two are just going over the bridge into Kentucky and the one coming back.  After several miles of flat there is a 300 ft. climb between miles 6-9 to a beautiful park with a panoramic view of the river and downtown Cincinnati.  After that it is gently rolling and from mile 19 to the finish it is pretty flat.

Q:
What is the weather like?
A:

Because the race is an early spring race the weather is often hard to predict. Normally the temperature at the start is in the mid 40’s and goes up to the mid 60’s by afternoon.

Q:
How long is the course open?
A:

The course remains open for a 7hour pace. The streets re-open progressively at a 16 minute per mile pace.  But don’t worry, we won’t run you off the course if you want to enjoy yourself a little longer, just move up to the sidewalks and obey pedestrian rules and you’ll be fine.

Q:
Is there a walker division?
A:

Walkers are welcome in all Flying Pig Marathon events, but are expected to maintain a 16-minute per mile pace, or move to the sidewalks, as streets will re-open after that time.  Please note, we do not have judges on the course to do not offer walker division awards.

Q:
How large is the race? How many people actually run the race?
A:

The race has 36,000+ total participants, with an average of 20,000participants on Sunday and about 15,000 for the Saturday events.  It takes over 6,000 volunteers “Grunts” to make the race run smoothly and approximately 100,000 spectators “Street Squealers” line the course to inspire and motivate the runners.

Q:
Who gets a medal?
A:

All finishers in all our events get a medal. All medals are two-sided and three-dimensional. Many people run our race just for our medal because it is so unique.

Q:
What is the closest hotel to the start/finish?
A:

There are no hotels right at the start or finish, but there are many hotels within walking distance of the start in both Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. There are shuttles from the finish area to hotels in downtown Cincinnati and northern Kentucky.

Q:
How old do you have to be to run the marathon?
A:

Marathon participants need to be 18 years of age on race day. Half marathon and relay participants need to be 14 years of age on race day. 10K participants need to be 12 years of age.

Q:
How do relay participants get to their relay exchange zone? Can I drive myself there?
A:

Transportation will be provided to and from the start and finish of each leg of the relay. You can transport yourself to the relay exchange points, but keep in mind that because of road closures for the race, you may have difficulty getting close the exchange zone.

Q:
Can I qualify for Boston at the Flying Pig?
A:

Yes, the marathon is a certified course and a Boston qualifier. In 2014, 229 people qualified for the Boston Marathon at the Flying Pig Marathon

Q:
What are the cash awards for the winner?
A:

The Flying Pig Marathon does not have cash awards for any races other than the Little Kings Mile. Overall prizes are awarded to the top 3 men and women determined by gun time. Age group awards go to the top three in each age group and are determined by chip time.  Overall winners are not eligible for age group awards.

Q:
Do I need to pick up anything before the race or do I just come to the start?
A:

If you are participating in a Sunday event you will need to pick up your race packet (race bib, timing chip, and t-shirt) at the P&G Health & Fitness Expo. The Expo is a great place to get information on running or walking from national exhibitors, sponsors and vendors. Those participating in Saturday events can pick up their packet on Friday at the expo OR Saturday morning at the race site.

Q:
I can’t make it to the expo to pick up my packet. Can someone else pick it up for me?
A:

Participants unable to pick up their own race packet may have someone else pick up their packet for them. Fill out the Packet Pick-up Authorization Form and give it to the person picking up your packet. They will take the completed form and a copy of your photo ID to the expo and give it to the volunteer handing out race packets.

Q:
How early do I need to get to the start?
A:

Plan to be at the start line at least an hour to a half hour before your event. Please allow plenty of time to navigate traffic, park and make your way to the start line for your pre-race routine.

Q:
Do I get a T-shirt?
A:

Yes, all participants receive a t-shirt. Pick up your shirt after you pick up your race packet.

Q:
Can I switch which race I will be doing?
A:

Participants may switch races. They must notify the Flying Pig office of their request with the Switching Request Form by April 1. After that date switches may be done at packet pick-up at the Expo. There is a $10 fee to do so, along with any applicable entry fee difference.

Q:
What is Pump N” Run?
A:

Pump N’ Run is a unique combination of weight lifting and running, offered to all racers. Participants bench press a percentage of their body weight, based upon an Age and Gender handicap, and earn a 30-second time reduction for each bench press repetition (5K and 10K), or a 2 minute time reduction (Half and Full Marathon). For more information, visit www.pumpandrunrace.com.

You can register to participate in the Pump N' Run event while signing up for your Flying Pig Event.  If you are already signed up for an event and would like to add the Pump N' Run you can do so here.

Q:
What replacement fluid will be provided?
A:

There will be Lemon Lime Gatorade Endurance formula available at all the water stations on the full marathon, half marathon and 10K courses.

Q:
Will there be a gel product?
A:

Yes, various flavors of PowerGel will be at Miles 18 and 22. On the half marathon course, PowerGel is available at Mile 9.