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Flying Pig Marathon Unveils New Route

Eden Park Gazebo
Mascots for the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon greet visitors to Eden Park during the Marathon route tour on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

(Cincinnati, OHIO, Nov. 20, 2002)—It is a new and, Marathon officials say, improved route that will greet participants of the fifth running of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon on Sunday, May 4, 2003. The Marathon will feature a new starting area and an expanded runners' finish, and is expected to draw 10,000 runners with $1 million in donations to local charities, according to Iris Simpson-Bush, executive director.

The new course, which starts at Paul Brown Stadium and finishes at Yeatman's Cove on the Ohio riverfront, was designed to better showcase Cincinnati's neighborhoods and scenic river views and to accommodate the growing number of participants, said Rich Williams, race director. The Marathoners will run through a number of Tri-state neighborhoods including: Over-the-Rhine, West End, Eden Park, Walnut Hills, O'Bryonville, Hyde Park, Mt. Lookout, East End, Covington, Newport and downtown.

Tracey Walker
Acoustic guitarist Tracy Walker entertains at the gazebo. The 2003 Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon will feature 10 Entertainment Zones.

The course changes were unveiled today during a bus tour of the new route with area media, sponsors and Marathon board members.

"We are thrilled with the course changes, and think it will be an overall better Marathon experience for the runners," said Williams, who has served as the race director since the first running of the Marathon.

Marathon officials expect to increase the number of participants in all of the five events (Marathon, 2-person relay, 4-person relay and 10k) to reach 10,000 participants. Due to the course change, the 5-mile has become a 10k or 6.2 miles this year, said Williams.

"We are already ahead of last year's registration by 21 percent," said Denise Hovey, office manager/registrar. "We even have two Marathon runners from Australia registered."