We at the Flying Pig Marathon powered by P&G are grateful and thankful to our participants, sponsors and volunteers for your support as we made the difficult decision this week to move Flying Pig weekend from May 1-3 to Queen Bee weekend, October 9-11.
Details on re-opening registration, event schedules and more will be coming to you as we work with our partners to make our fall Flying Pig a special weekend for everyone, including our Queen Bees. We are diligently working with our registration company as well as police and safety officials, expo participants, volunteer groups, sponsors and more to work out details of this combined event.
This was not a decision we made lightly, or in haste. We spent most of this month trying to find any way possible to hold the event on its scheduled weekend. In the end, the decision was taken out of our hands by the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendation to cancel or postpone events with 50 people or more for eight weeks.
The fall marathon season is typically a busy one, especially for us in the Midwest, and this year it will be busier than ever with events like ours moving their dates. Under normal circumstances we would never schedule a marathon this close to weekends that our friends in Columbus, Chicago and other cities have traditionally set aside. However, the October 9-11 dates were our natural choice because we already had event permits approved and expo space reserved for our previously-scheduled Queen Bee weekend.
If you haven’t done so already, please read our statement on flyingpigmarathon.com to see your options on deferral to the fall or to other Pig Works/Flying Pig events, or to complete your event virtually. For those of you who haven’t done a “virtual” event, it’s really simple: Run or walk the distance you signed up for, let us know you’ve completed it and you’ll get your medal. If you want to keep track of your miles, our partners at ASICS have a Runkeeper app that you can use for free, but it’s not required.
You have a few weeks to make your decision, so we hope you will find time in your schedule to either join us virtually or in the fall. Remember that as a 501(c)(3), the money raised by the Flying Pig events goes to our more than 300 charity partners. For many of them, this is their largest fundraiser of the year and they depend on donations to continue their services, so we encourage you to find a way to hold onto your registration or donate your registration fee to charity.
We have been overwhelmed by the positive and supportive messages from participants, sponsors, charity partners and our more than 8,000 volunteers regarding this unprecedented move. Your loyalty to the Flying Pig is so gratifying to our staff and we appreciate it more than you know. We promise to keep you informed as we plan our fall Flying Pig/Queen Bee event.