Greening of the Pig

The Flying Pig Marathon is committed to research and implementation of policies and procedures to be a more sustainable event. As a certified green event, we adhere to principles in five sustainability categories set forth by the Council for Responsible Sport: Planning and Communication, Procurement, Resource Management, Access and Equity, and Community Legacy.

Our goals for the 2018 Flying Pig Marathon are:

  • Reduce our environmental footprint by diverting at least 80% of our waste from the landfill;
  • Continue to reach out and include athletes of all abilities;
  • Continue to share with the public our sustainability efforts;
  • Communicate the Flying Pig Marathon’s efforts to produce a more sustainable event that the city of Cincinnati and surrounding communities can be proud of.

What You Can Do

Use public transportation

  • Take the bus to the P&G Health & Fitness Expo. There are 21 routes that stop near the Duke Energy Convention Center and 28 bus routes that come to Government Square, just three blocks from the Expo. The Cincinnati Bell Connector also stops three blocks from the convention center. You can plan your route using Google Transit or download the EZRide Just put in your home address and the address of the Duke Energy Convention Center (525 Elm Street) and get a list of buses and times to use.

Carpool to the race on Sunday

  • Thanks to the management of Longworth Hall, free parking is available to those who carpool on Sunday morning. Longworth Hall is .6 mile from the start line. Parking in this lot is permit only. You can pick up your permit at the P&G Health and Fitness Expo. Look for the Carpool Parking booth in the Green Zone of the expo. After the race, shuttle service is provided from near the Finish Line on Mehring Way, back to Longworth Hall. The buses will run from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Recycle on Race Day

  • In the finish line Recovery Area and Post Race Party in Yeatman’s Cove, look for the Recycling Stations staffed by Green Team volunteers. The Green Team volunteers will assist you with the proper container for your waste.


Sustainability, as the word suggests is the ability to sustain. In order to create a more sustainable living environment and protect the future of humankind, we must treat the earth as our garden and make sure we are giving back as much as we are taking.

Flying Pig Marathon’s Sustainability Efforts

Since 2009 the Flying Pig Marathon has been taking steps to be a more sustainable event by practicing the three R’s of waste management: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

We have reduced the amount of paper used by no longer printing promotional brochures, results books and finisher certificates, which are all now done electronically. Also, with the introduction of the Virtual Goodie Bag in 2011, over 2 million pieces of paper have been eliminated from the waste stream.

The marathon collects discarded clothing at the start, and donates them to charities in the area. Any leftover food from the recovery area is donated to local food pantries. Banners and signage from the event are stored and reused the next year. Outdated banners and signage are donated to Matthew 25: Ministries and Crayons to Computers to be repurposed in their various projects. Ribbons from leftover participant medals are used as lanyards race weekend.

Since 2009, our recycling has expanded beyond water bottles to include paper, plastic, discarded participant Heatsheets, chip bags and excess medals.

2017 Accomplishments

  • 78% of all waste was diverted from the landfill, which is an 2.8% increase over 2016. Of the 13.8 tons of waste,10.77 tons were recycled, donated or composted.
  • 1,345 pounds of compost was collected at the post-race parties.
  • 1,800 pounds of clothing collected at the start of the race were donated to Goodwill.
  • 3,618 pounds of leftover food were donated to local food pantries.
  • 596 cars used carpool parking carrying 1,790 passengers.
  • 329 charities benefited from the Flying Pig Marathon with over $610,000 raised.
  • The event Expo featured a ‘Green Zone’ where sustainability efforts were promoted in collaboration with four community partner groups. The area offered sign-ups for carpool parking, featured the Flying Pig sustainability efforts, and showed a sample recycling station. In 2017 we also featured sustainable artists of Cincinnati.
  • 8 pounds of leftover medal ribbons were repurposed as lanyards race weekend.
  • 1,600 pounds of Heatsheets, shrink wrap and other plastic were recycled through Meijer.
  • 1,005 pounds of other materials were recycled or donated. Some of those items were: 11.1 pounds of chip bags recycled through TerraCycle, 31.6 pounds of #5 plastic recycled through Preserve’s Gimme 5 Program, and 78 pounds of paper envelopes were recycled.

Other Achievements

  • In 2011 The Flying Pig received the Excellence in Public Recycling award from the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District, and certified as a green event by the Council for Responsible Sport.
  • In 2013 and 2014 The Flying Pig was a finalist in the Green Business Award for Green Practices, sponsored by The Business Courier and recertified by the Council for Responsible Sport at the Silver Level.
  • In 2015 The Flying Pig was the winner of the Green Business Award for Green Practices.
  • In 2015 The Flying Pig was certified by the Council for Responsible Sport as a green event at the Gold Level.
  • In 2017 The Flying Pig earned Gold Level Inspire Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport. Inspire event status is awarded by invitation to events achieving multiple certifications from the Council, to recognize the legacy of their commitment to sustainability and thoughtful resource management.

Future Plans for Greening Flying Pig Marathon

The Flying Pig Marathon Board Members and Green Committee are working hard to find more solutions to become a fully sustainable event. Look for more sustainable projects on this website, Facebook, Twitter, and our email newsletter, The Squeal.

Council for Responsible Sport

The Council for Responsible Sport (CRS) is about inspired innovation and unprecedented collaboration. As a Council, they were developed to provide a valuable roadmap and the resources necessary for event organizers to incorporate tenets of social and environmental responsibility into their organizations. The mission of CRS is to partner with and empower sport as catalysts for sustainable change. We provide the opportunity for sports events to pursue and receive certification, leaders to participate in peer-to-peer learning communities, access to online tools, case studies and strategic partners to assist the myriad stakeholders within the sports industry in their efforts to go green.

Founded in 2007 by the directors of The Freshwater Trust Portland Triathlon, the Council for Responsible Sport was created as a response to a growing need for planning models that take into consideration the social and environmental impacts of sports events.