Viets, Keen Win 20th Anniversary Flying Pig Marathon

The 20th anniversary Flying Pig Marathon powered by P&G celebrated a record crowd and wins by a Wisconsin runner and a former Cincinnatian running in only her second marathon.

Aaron Viets, 28, of Cedarburg, WI, won the men’s division of the marathon in a time of 2:29:37. Second in the men’s division was 34-year-old Tim Kaiser of Union, Kentucky, in 2:30:51 and third was 32-year-old Benjamin Kopecky of St. Louis in 2:32:56.

In the women’s division, former Cincinnatian Caitlin Keen, 25, now living in Fort Worth, Texas, won her hometown marathon in 2:46:41. A former Hyde Park resident, now a volunteer assistant track coach at Texas Christian University, Keen said she used to watch the Flying Pig Marathon on television and dream about winning it one day. She did, in only her second career marathon and first Flying Pig.

Second in the women’s division was defending champion Kerry Lee, 43, of Cincinnati in a time of 2:53:59 and third was 25-year-old Allison Steinbeck of Cincinnati in 3:00:17. Another past champion, 53-year-old Lisa Veneziano, the 2003 Flying Pig winner, came in eighth.

The 2018 Flying Pig Marathon registered 43,127 for total weekend participation, a 13% increase from 2017, representing all 50 states and 22 countries.

In the Paycor Half Marathon, 24-year-old Jack Butler of Loveland won the men’s division in a time of 1:10:40. Second with a time of 1:11:10 was 23-year-old Zack Beavin from Lexington, KY, who came in third in Friday night’s Little Kings Mile, and third was 23-year-old Andrew Bryan of Cincinnati in a time of 1:15:32.

The winner of the women’s division was 31-year-old Molly Trachtenberg of Boston, who won in a time of 1:22:21. Second in a time of 1:23:32 was the three-time winner of the Queen Bee Half Marathon, 29-year-old Katie Lenahan of Cincinnati, the runner-up for the third year in a row, and third was 30-year-old Daniella Orton of Washington, D.C. in 1:23:50.

The wheelchair Paycor Half Marathon winner was Marc van Rafelghem of West Chester.

The 20th anniversary edition of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon weekend powered by P&G opened Saturday with a former marathon winner taking home the title in the Tri-State Running Company 5K.

Alison Bedingfield Delgado, who won the Flying Pig Marathon in 2005, returned to win the sold-out Tri-State Running Company 5K in a time of 19:26. Alison, who is now a pediatrician in Park City, UT, is a former Colerain High and University of Cincinnati graduate whose story of recovery from a near-fatal bicycle accident has been an inspiration for many.

Second in the female division is Rita Mayer of Dublin, OH, in 19:29 and third is Marie Wysong of Centerville, OH. Wysong has run several Flying Pig events, coming in second in this year’s Bockfest 5K and in the Toyota 10K in 2016.

On the men’s side, Benjamin Spratt of Dry Ridge, KY, won in 17:23. Second was Brian Drapp in Covington 17:44 and third was Ethan Weaver of Erlanger, KY, in17:56.

In the Toyota 10K, Chris Reischel of Cincinnati won in 33:37. Second was Luke Ogden of Cincinnati in 34:01 and third was Marco Pettenazzo of Padova, PA, in 34:19.

In the women’s division, 11-year-old Lucia Rodbro of Oxford, Ohio burned up the course to win in 42:07. Second was Laura Bill of Grosse Point Wood, MI, in 42:51 and third was Lauren Carnahan of Latham, NY, in 42:59.

The 20th anniversary weekend began Friday night with the Little Kings Mile. Winning in the men’s elite division was Jacob Edwards of Delaware, OH, who won the event in 2016, second was Alex Beruscha of Louisville and third was Zach Beavin of Lexington, KY, who came in second in the Paycor Half. In the women’s elite division, Flannery Musk from Louisville was the first finisher, with Emma McCarron of Mansfield, OH, second and Lara Crofford, the Little Kings Mile winner in 2016 and Paycor Half Marathon winner in 2017, coming in third.

The 21st running of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon weekend powered by P&G will be May 3-5, 2019. Follow the Flying Pig Marathon on Facebook and @runflyingpig on Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.