The SQUEAL : February 2011|
The latest and greatest news from the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon
Iris Simpson-Bush, Executive Director
Happy new training year! I'm sure that those of you who are planning to do the Flying Pig half or full marathon are well on your way in training for those events. Congratulations on everything you have accomplished to date! You'll be in good company for Pig weekend, as our registration is trending higher, by double digits over last year and we are thrilled to have you join us for the 13th annual event.
This year, we are dedicating our weekend to the many charities and non-profits that use the Pig's weekend of events to raise money for their own causes. This year we expect to have more than 170 charity organizations partner with us for their fundraisers. From volunteering along the course to raising money through pledges, each charity comes up with its own unique way to raise funds.
The exciting part about this year's charity effort is that we are very close to the $10 million dollar mark in charity fundraising since the Pig began! With exciting new charity partnerships and increased fundraising opportunities, the Pig is working hard to make sure we hit that $10 million charity level.
If your charity or non-profit is still looking for a spring fundraiser, we would love to have you join us for this, the "Year of Charity." Visit our website at www.flyingpigmarathon.com to find out how your organization can get involved. We'd love to have you be part of the Pig!
Are you a Flying Pig Squadron member?
At the Flying Pig we appreciate those runners and walkers who have been particularly loyal to the race by coming year after year to run with us. Now that we are over 12 years old we have quite a list of runners who have run the full marathon 10 or more times. We would like to recognize those runners by including them in our Flying Pig Squadron.
We have been busy sifting through registration data trying to identify those runners who have completed 10 or more FULL Flying Pig Marathons over the years. Now we need your help to find those that were not included in the registration data that we have. Please look over the list of runners at http://www.flyingpigmarathon.com/squadron/. If your name, or someone you know is not on this list and you have run the full Flying Pig Marathon 10 times please send your information including the years that you completed the full marathon to Brian Nash at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope your training is going well. We look forward to seeing you May 1, 2011!
Need a last minute Valentine's Day gift? There's still time to order your 2011 training tee. Grab them now before they run out or buy your loved one some 2010 Pig merchandise that will go on sale for one week only, February 7th through the 14th.
Calling All Entertainment!
Do you have a band, do you juggle, DJ, tell jokes or cheer loudly? The Flying Pig wants you and your group to be part of our Entertainment Zones along the event courses for Pig weekend! We're looking for more than 80 zones to keep our runners and walkers inspired and if you'd like to join us, just email us at email@example.com and let us know what you'd like to do!
Training Clinic Schedule
Two Wellness Team training clinics are right around the corner! The first is Tuesday, February 8 at 6 p.m. at the Blue Ash YMCA, the second is a brown bag 'lunch and learn' at noon on Wednesday, February 9 at Taft Center in the Westin Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. Anyone with questions on training, nutrition and preparation are welcome to attend. Both are free! RSVP to Lindsey@flyingpigmarathon.com.
Time to "get off the ground" with The Flying Pig Kids' Marathon! Get your group or school started on a marathon, one mile at a time, using our Hog Log. Kids can walk/run or wheelchair 25 miles, in increments, then cover that final marathon mile as part of the exciting 26th Mile event on April 30th. Group registration for this event and other materials for leaders are available.To learn more or to get your school or group started contact Robin Pendery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Text the Pig
You can sign up now for regular alerts, news and training tips from the Flying Pig Marathon powered by P&G. Thanks to the folks at CBTS, the Pig can send messages directly to your phone. Just text PIG to 90808 and sign up for alerts about the Flying Pig events. And for those of you with smart phones, we'll be launching our iPhone and android Pig application shortly.
It Isn't Too Late to Start Training
The Official Training Programs of the 2011 Flying Pig Marathon & Half Marathon have already begun at area Bob Roncker's Running Spot stores, and it isn't too late to join! Bob Roncker's Running Spot offers the Official Training Program of the Flying Pig Marathon. Whether you are a marathoner or half-marathoner, runner or walker, beginner or experienced... they have a program to fit your needs. Please visit www.runningspot.com for sites and details.
2011 Charity Partners
American Cancer Society
Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. Learn more at www.cancer.org
Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
Mercy Neighborhood Ministries is a multi-purpose human services agency, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, promoting the empowerment of individuals and families through programs that address their immediate needs, foster self-reliance, promote holistic health and advocate for social justice. You can find out more about them at www.mercyneighborhoodministries.org.
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