Record Field the 21st Flying Pig Marathon Weekend
Two past winners of the Flying Pig Marathon, Jack Randall and Anne Flower, were crowned again as champions at the 2019 Flying Pig Marathon powered by P&G, for the 21st running of the event.
Randall, 24, from Pleasant Ridge, a suburb of Cincinnati, who also won the marathon in 2017, won this year in a time of 2:28:58, almost five minutes better than his 2017 time. Second was last year’s runner-up, 35-year-old Tim Kaiser of Union, Kentucky, in 2:32:12 and third was Alex Gold, 24, of Peebles, Ohio in a time of 2:32:46.
“It’s such a good race with good competition,” said Randall, who took the lead late in the marathon from Gold, who led most of the way. “I had a disappointing showing in Boston three weeks ago so it feels good to win this hometown race.”
Flower, who won the event in 2016, also took the lead late in the race from last year’s Flying Pig winner, Caitlin Keen, who led most of the way. Flower won this year in a time of 2:49:17, more than six minutes better than her previous win. Keen, who grew up in Cincinnati and now lives in Fort Worth, Texas, came in second in a time of 2:50:25. Third for the women was Kate Nicewicz, 32, of Cookeville, Tennessee in 2:56:49.
The total for all three days of events this year is 43,691 registered participants (2018 total participation: 43,127). Registration represented all 50 states and 29 countries, the largest-ever international field.
In the Paycor Half Marathon, Zachary Ripley, 30, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, won the men’s division in a time of 1:10:34. Second was Tim Thornburg, 30, of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, in 1:10:57 and third was Chris Porst, 29, of Chicago, in 1:14:08. In the women’s division of the half, Madeline Britton, 23, of Cincinnati, won in an event-record time of 1:20:08, beating the previous half marathon record of 1:20:48 held by Rachel Stoehr, who won in 2008.
Second in the women’s half marathon division was Sarah Bishop, 36, of Beavercreek, Ohio, in 1:21:54, and third was three-time Queen Bee Half Marathon winner, Katie Lenahan, 30, in 1:23:31.
Flying Pig Marathon weekend powered by P&G kicked off Saturday with sold-out fields for both the Toyota 10K and the Tri-State Running Company 5K.
Winning the men’s division of the Toyota 10K was Phil Parrot-Migas, 26, of London, Ontario, in a time of 31:50. Second was Chris Rayder, 20, of Memphis in 33:06 and third was Nick Thorp, 27, of Dallas in 33:37.
In the women’s division, Rachel Slingluff, 25, from Cincinnati was the winner in a time of 37:22. Second was Kathrine McClain, 30, of Lagrange, Kentucky, in 38:31 and third was Sarah Mazzei, 24, from Cincinnati in 38:48.
In the Tri-State Running Company 5K, winners were, in the men’s division, Antonio Marchi, 30, of Fairfield, Ohio in 15:14 and Bailey Kowalczyk, 23, of Boulder, Colorado. in 17:44. Second for the men was Chris Rayder, who also placed second in the Toyota 10K, in 16:34 and third was Patrick Hasler of Cincinnati in 17:07. Second in the 5K women’s division was Allison Echler, 18, in 19:35 and third was Ashley Case, 23, in 19:51.
The weekend opened with the Fifty West Mile, the second leg of the TQL Beer Series, Friday night. In the elite division, Jake Edwards, 31, of Delaware, Ohio, the defending champion in this event, won the men’s one-mile dash again this year, in a time of 4:15. JJ Webber of Maineville, Ohio was second in a time of 4:16 and Logan Barrett of Louisville was third in 4:25.
In the women’s Fifty West Mile elite division, Alesha Vovk, 23, of Oxford, Ohio was the winner with a time of 4:53. Second was Maria Scavuzzo, 22, also from Oxford, Ohio in 4:58 and third was Flannery Musk, 26, of Louisville in 5:05.
The 22nd running of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon powered by P&G will be Friday, May 1-Sunday, May 3, 2020. Visitwww.flyingpigmarathon.com, on Facebook at Flying Pig Marathon, and on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat @runflyingpig for more information.