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Training Kickoff November 16th at Campus Recreation Center

CINCINNATI—The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon is partnering with the University of Cincinnati Campus Recreation Center this fall to offer training, fitness and nutrition programs on campus, leading up to the Ninth Annual Flying Pig Marathon Weekend, May 4-6, 2007.

"We are pleased to work with the U.C. community to reach their fitness goals, and have fun at the same time," said Iris Simpson-Bush, executive director. "With U.C.'s new Campus Recreation Center, students and faculty have every fitness resource at their fingertips to help them get ready for the 'Pig.'"

"The Campus Recreation Center is thrilled to partner with the Flying Pig event. It's a perfect match," said Lee Ann Werner, associate director of membership and marketing in the Department of Campus Recreation. "The Pig is THE premier fitness event in the City and we offer a state-of-the-art facility and programming for runners and walkers to train in the Cincinnati area. It is a great opportunity for the University to show off its resources to the community!"

The Flying Pig Marathon and the University of Cincinnati have quite a history. The 2006 women's winner, Norah Shire, is a medical researcher doing her doctorate work at U.C, while the men's second place finisher, Chris Reis, is a former Bearcat. In addition, the 2005 women's winner, Alison Bedingfield, is in pre-med on the U.C. campus and the men's winner from that year, Tim Rieger, is a U.C. graduate. In 2004, both the men's and women's marathon winners had U.C. ties--TJ Lentz got his Ph.D from U.C. while PJ Ball was in graduate school when she won.

The kickoff to the Flying Pig training program will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 16th at the Campus Recreation Center. Snacks will be available and raffles will be held for Flying Pig merchandise. Training programs for walkers and runners will be offered for the 5K, Toyota 10K, Half Marathon presented by National City and the full marathon. In addition, once-a-month "Lunch and Learn" seminars will give participants advice on nutrition, shoes and apparel and the mental aspects of running.
The Ninth Annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon weekend will be May 4-6, 2007, featuring the National City Health and Fitness Expo and Expo-Tique, the Flying Piglet Kids' Fun Run, Flying Pig 5K, Toyota 10K, Half Marathon presented by National City and the Flying Pig Marathon. Corporate sponsors include CoActive Marketing Group, Corporate Express, Ernst & Young, Mercy Health Partners, National City, Old Spice High Endurance and Paycor.

The Flying Pig Marathon has been named one of the top 10 "Most Fun Runs" in the world by Runner's World magazine, one of the best corporate brands by Fast Company and is listed in "The Traveling Marathoner: A Complete Guide To Top U.S. Races and Sightseeing on the Run," by Elise Allen.

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