Sergio Reyes Wins Flying Pig Marathon for Fourth Time
16th annual event boasts biggest field ever
CINCINNATI (May 4, 2014) – Sergio Reyes successfully defending his back-to-back Flying Pig Marathon titles by winning the 2014 Flying Pig in a time of 2:27:21, his third straight victory in Cincinnati and fourth overall.
For the weekend, a record 36,131 participants registered for events over the three days. The field represented all 50 states and 19 countries.
The breakdown of participants for the weekend events: Full marathon, 4,731; Border Energy Half Marathon, 12,2422; City Dash 4-person relay/Paycor Corporate 4-person relay, 2,732; Toyota 10k, 4,103; Tri-State Running Company 5k, 5,631; Kids Marathon presented by EY, 2,905; Pigabilities, 171; Flying Piglet Fur Run, 572, IAMS Flying Fur Run, 596; Little Kings Mile, 1,268.
Reyes, 32, of Palmdale, California, won his first Flying Pig in 2009 before today’s three-peat. “Generally, I tried to keep it an honest race and keep it strong, but every year presents a different challenge, and this year for me there were a few injury setbacks but I played it conservative and didn’t worry about the time out there today.”
Second for the men was 30-year-old Donnie Warner of Cincinnati in 2:28:39. Warner came in second in the 2009 and 2011 Toyota 10k and was fourth in the 2010 Marathon. Third was 30-year-old Kota Reichert of Palo Alto, California, in 2:28:57.
In the women’s marathon division, a two-time half marathon champion in the Flying Pig, 24-year-old Amy Robillard of Montgomery, stepped up to the marathon distance and took home the title in 2:55:53. Robillard won the half marathons in 2011 and 2012.
It was unbelievable,” said Robillard. “Running with people, you pull for them, they pull for you, everyone wants to have a great race. I just have fun. I smile a lot out there, because we’ve been through a lot in the last four years, so this is a pleasure.
Robillard’s son, Jameson, underwent bone marrow transplant surgery shortly after his birth four years ago with an immune deficiency order. He’s now four and doing well with his older sister, Adalene, who is six.
When I think I’m tired and hurting, it’s nothing compared to what my son went through, so I can’t complain. I just want to be a good role model for them.
Second in the women’s dicision was the 2004 Flying Pig winner, P.J. Ball, 35, of Cincinnati in 3:01:45 and third place was 39-year-old Kerry Lee, also of Cincinnati, who was runner-up in the 2013 and 2011 Flying Pig Marathons and won the Toyota 10k in 2006. Her finishing time was 3:02:49.
In the Border Energy Half Marathon, 25-year-old Tilahun Abebe of Cincinnati won the event in a time of 1:14:46. Abebe was second in last year’s Totaya 10k, won the half in 2006 and was second in the 2010 Flying Pig Marathon. Second in the men’s division was 26-year-old Greg Piepmeier of Kettering, Ohio, with a time of 1:21:09, and third was Breylen Derrick, 28, of Cincinnati in 1:21:35.
In the women’s division, first-time half marathoner and University of Cincinnati student Juliana Madzie, 19, of St. Clairsville, Ohio, won in a time of 1:25:59. “It was perfect weather,” she said, “better than I could have ever wished for.”
Second in the women’s division was the 2012 winner of the Flying Pig Marathon, 32-year-old Rachel Bea of Cincinnati, in 1:26:28 and third was 29-year-old Mary Paulsen of Columbia, South Carolina in 1:26:43.
In the Flying Pig Saturday events, Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall won the Toyota 10k in a record time of 30:32. Second was 19-year-old Blake Meyer of Cincinnati and third was Paul Odipo of Kenya. On the women’s side, Taryn Surtees of Cincinnati won in a time of 38:58. Second was Kaylee Rice of Liberty Township and third was Lauren Dullea of Cincinnati.
In the Tri-State Running Company 5k, 20-year-old Brett Frondorf of Cincinnati, the winner of the 2012 Toyota 10k, won in a time of 17:01. Odipo came in second and third was Matt Motsinger. Becky Clark, the winner of Friday night’s Little King’s mile, won the women’s race in 17:57. Second was Karen Berndt and third was Melanie Pliskin.
Winning the men’s division of Friday night’s Little Kings Mile was Jake Edwards in a time of 4:19. Clark’s winning time Friday night was 5:05.