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Runner Plans 50 Marathons in 50 States in 50 Days

CINCINNATI (July 21, 2006) — Ultra marathoner Sam Thompson, who is running 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states to raise awareness and money for the continuing rebuilding effort surrounding Hurricane Katrina, will make the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon his 24th marathon on Monday, July 24th , starting at 6:30 a.m. at the Marathon start line on Mehring Way, at the southwest corner of Paul Brown Stadium.

Thompson started his journey on July 1 with the Leadville Trail Marathon in Colorado, and will end with the Mardi Gras Marathon on Friday, August 18 in New Orleans, and the Bay Saint Louis Marathon in Mississippi on Saturday, August 19. He'll also run a marathon in the Washington, D.C. area, making it 51 marathons in 51 days.

"We are thrilled that Thompson chose the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon as his Ohio marathon for his 50 state effort," said Iris Simpson-Bush, executive director of the Flying Pig Marathon. "We support his cause and hope area runners will join and encourage him during his run."

Thompson, an avid ultra marathoner and a Mississippi native, has been in the small town of Bay St. Louis since the day after Hurricane Katrina came ashore on August 29, 2005. He established what began as a small relief effort operating in the First Presbyterian Church, and has since blossomed into what is now an operation employing on average more than 100 volunteers daily.

The ninth annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon will be held Sunday, May 6, 2007. Major sponsors include CoActive Marketing Group, Corporate Express, Ernst & Young, Mercy Health Partners, National City, Old Spice High Endurance and Paycor.

For interviews or to make arrangements to follow Thompson on part of his route, please contact Game Day Communications, 513-929-4263