An Open Letter from Iris Simpson Bush

An Open Letter from Iris Simpson Bush

The Flying Pig Marathon takes the safety and security of all participants very seriously.

We receive numerous requests for special accommodations each year and carefully evaluate each.  Our goal is to provide a positive race experience for all participants while supporting them along the course.  The Flying Pig Marathon was founded on the ideal of hosting a world-class road race experience and we will always strive to do so.

Please allow me to share the reasons for the decision to allow a minor to participate in this year’s race.

This decision was not made lightly.  The father was determined to do the race with his young child regardless.  They had done it as bandits, in prior years, before we had any knowledge of it and we knew he was likely to do so again.

The intent was to try to offer protection and support if they were on our course (Medical, Fluid and Replenishment).

Our decision was intended for some amount of safety and protection for the child.  The family finished the race after the formal closure of the course.

I assume full responsibility for the decision and accept that it was not the best course of action.  Our requirement of 18+ for participation in the marathon will be strictly observed moving forward.

Iris Simpson Bush