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Jackie Reau
Betsy Ross
Game Day Communications
(513) 929-4263
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CINCINNATI POLICE MAKE THE 'PIG' HAPPEN

Cincinnati, Ohio (March 13, 2004) - Again this year the Cincinnati Police Department's Event Planning Unit is working with the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon on operations and street closings to make sure the Marathon weekend goes smoothly.

"We could not put on the Marathon without the help of the Cincinnati Police Department," said Iris Simpson-Bush, executive director of the Marathon. "The police go above and beyond to make sure the Marathon goes on, with as little disruption to traffic and the neighborhoods as possible."

An example of the Police Department's efforts came in 2001, when the Crossroads Community Church choir from Evansville, Indiana, was making its first appearance at the Flying Pig Marathon. When the choir bus and support vehicles were taking the designated exit to get to their performance area, they found the exit closed for the Marathon.

"We see the officer blocking the exit, so I jumped off the bus and explained our situation to him," said Ted Schepp from the Crossroads choir. "Instead of saying 'Too bad, better luck next year,' he got on his radio and set up police escorts for us, through the Marathon, to our site on Eastern Avenue. They could not have been more accommodating."

"It takes approximately 200 police officers and about 50 vehicles to provide the staffing for the Marathon," said Sgt. Greg Lewton of the Cincinnati Police Department's Event Planning Unit. "Fortunately, we work with a highly professional Marathon staff that makes our challenges easier to deal with."

The Event Planning Unit works with 50-60 special events each year, plus is involved with the Reds, Bengals, US Bank Arena details, plus events for Fortune 500 Company VIP visits and meetings, conventions, political visits, galas and special celebrations.

The 7th annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon weekend is Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1.

For more information or interviews, please contact Jackie Reau/Betsy Ross, Game Day Communications, 513-929-4263