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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 14, 2000

Suzanne Deatherage, Media Director:
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2001 Flying Pig Marathon Course Finalized
Course changes signify improvements for runners and communities alike.

Link: Course Description
Link: Map (PDF Format)

CINCINNATI, OH - The 3rd Annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon course has been finalized and certified, with changes from the previous year's course. After two successful marathons in Cincinnati, the course was evaluated and revised to better service the communities that the marathon travels through, as well as ensure a safe and challenging race for the runners.

"The changes to the course offer runners the same challenging course we have had for the last two years, but adds more of Cincinnati's historical neighborhood flavor for both the runners and onlookers to enjoy," noted Rich Williams, Race Director. "The newly revised course also has less traffic challenges for communities and more locations perfect for families, friends and the public to cheer on both the local and out of town participants."

The 26.2-mile course starts in downtown Cincinnati on 7th Street, between Elm Street and Race Street. Runners will travel through Downtown Cincinnati and then up to Mount Adams and Eden Park, challenging participants with the hill culminating at the Overlook near the 10k mark (6.2 miles), typically jammed with crowds of people encouraging all of the runners. Next, runners travel through Hyde Park before heading to Mt. Lookout Square, a new section of the course, offering a great location for onlookers to greet the runners as they pass the 11.5 mile mark. The marathon then follows last year's course on Eastern Avenue, heading west into

Downtown. The course will proceed north on Central Parkway to Marshall Avenue, where it will turn west to Spring Grove and the historic West End neighborhood. Marathoners will run south, below Union Terminal, before heading into Queensgate. The course then travels over the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge to Covington and into Newport, Kentucky, before returning to Cincinnati on the Taylor Southgate Bridge for the finish at Yeatman's Cove.

Wheelchair participants will start the race at 6:25 a.m. and runners at 6:30 a.m. Runners will reach the halfway point at mile 13.1 between 7:08 a.m. and 9:22 a.m., with average finishes occurring between 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The course will remain open for a six-hour marathon or a runner with a 13:45 minute per mile pace. Participants must be at the halfway mark at the 13.1 mile mark by 9:30 a.m., 20-mile mark by 11:30 a.m. and to the Finish Line by 2:00 p.m., when it will close for timing and finisher medals. For safety reasons, all participants must reach the 16-mile mark by 11:00 a.m. to continue with the race beyond that point. Participants who reach this location after 11:00 a.m. will not be able to proceed with their race.

"With the route traveling through some of Cincinnati's established neighborhoods, the marathon moving off of Mother's Day, and early registration numbers already beating last year's, we are anticipating a larger field of runners with an even bigger crowd along the route," commented Executive Director Kelly Weissmann.

The third running of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon will be Sunday, May 6, 2001. Entry forms are available at the Marathon office, or runners may apply on-line via the website at www.flyingpigmarathon.com or download an application from the website and mail it in. All individual registrations received on-line or postmarked by January 15, 2001, receive an individual entry fee rate of $45.00. Registrations received prior to April 15, 2001 are

$55.00/entry and $75.00 thereafter until the 30th of April on-line or May 5th at the Health & Fitness Expo, if available. Corporate Relay entrants may also register on-line at the cost of $500.00/team.

For further information on the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, contact (513) 721-PIGS (7447) or visit www.flyingpigmarathon.com.

The Cincinnati Marathon, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a first-class, fun marathon event weekend for the participants, volunteers, spectators and the sponsors in order to raise money for charities. The main beneficiary of the event is The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America. The second running will be Sunday, May 14, 2000, and will be limited to 7,500 participants. To inquire about the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon or applications, please call (513) 721-PIGS.

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Link: Course Description
Link: Map (PDF Format)