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 2017 Flying Pig Marathon are:

  • Reduce our environmental footprint by diverting at least 75% 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 10 routes that stop near the Duke Energy Convention Center and 31 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 app. 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.

The Flying Pig Certified as a Green Event

Some of the accomplishments for 2016 were:

  • 7% of all waste diverted from the landfill; of the 20.7 tons of waste, 15.7 tons were recycled or donated.
  • 1,863 pounds of clothing collected at the start of the race were donated to Goodwill.
  • 9,860 pounds of leftover food were donated to local food pantries.
  • 90 pounds of outdated vinyl banners were donated to Matthew 25 Ministries, which distributes them for reuse as building and tent materials in developing regions.
  • 536 cars used carpool parking carrying 1583 passengers.
  • 307 charities benefited from the Flying Pig Marathon with $12 million raised.
  • The event Expo featured a ‘Green Zone’ where sustainability efforts were promoted in collaboration with five community partner groups. The area offered sign-ups for carpool parking, sold recycled bags made of race bibs and ribbons, and showed a sample recycling station.
  • 8 pounds of leftover medal ribbons were repurposed as lanyards race weekend.
  • 2,560 pounds of Heatsheets, shrink wrap and other plastic were recycled through Target.
  • 1,005 pounds of other materials were recycled or donated. Some of those items were: 14.8 pounds of chip bags recycled through TerraCycle, 31.3 pounds of #5 plastic recycled through Preserve’s Gimme 5 Program, and 66 pounds of paper envelopes recycled.

Other Achievements

  • In 2011 The Flying Pig received the Excellence in Public Recycling award from the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District.
  • In 2013 and 2014 The Flying Pig was a finalist in the Green Business Award for Green Practices, sponsored by The Business Courier.
  • 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.

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.