Youth Program

The Flying Pig Marathon has events for all ages and abilities! Get your own herd of pigs flying by becoming an official Flying Pig Youth Group and enjoy some special perks along the way. Our youth program staff will provide you with the support and resources that you need to get started! Not affiliated with a group? No problem, our program can be used as a great family fitness project too!

Which Flying Pig events are available to youth groups?

  • Cincinnati Children’s 26th Mile (1 mile, untimed event for Kids’ Marathon training program participants grades K-6th but no age limit enforced)
  • Toyota 10K (must be 12 years of age by race day)
  • Flying Pig 5K (no age requirement)
  • Piglet Fun Run presented by First Watch (short dashes according to age group starting with the Pampers Diaper Dash up to age 7)

To get your group involved and learn more please contact Taylor Conklin at kids@flyingpigmarathon.com.

Know an area high school cross country or track and field athlete? Check out the Flying Pig High School Scholarship.

Training Programs

The Fly Up to 5K is the next phase of the Flying Pig Youth Program and has very similar components to the Kids’ Marathon incremental program. It’s geared to older children in grades 6-8 or those in elementary school who have already completed the 26th Mile and are looking for a new running challenge.

Our goal is to keep youth engaged with the Flying Pig throughout their adolescent years in hopes that they continue to practice healthy habits and stay active. Similar to our Kids’ Marathon program, students can train for the 5K together as a group during the weeks leading up to the Flying Pig 5K. Our 5K Hog Log can be used as a training tracker and also includes healthy living and nutrition tips. Participant amenities include event shirt, finisher medal and other perks.

Schools and other youth groups can sign up as an official Fly Up to 5K group by emailing us at kids@flyingpigmarathon.com.

TRAINING PROGRAMS

Check out this 5K training guide from Fleet Feet Cincinnati

Beginner 5K Program: This beginner version is designed for those who may not be runners yet but want to challenge themselves to complete a 5K! It slowly progresses from walking and running intervals until you can run a full 5K!

Intermediate 5K Running Program: This program is designed for those who are athletic and can already run at least a mile without walking. It is designed for athletes who want to stay in shape during the offseason or begin to compete at the 5K level.

REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION

Confirm a registration by name

5K HOG LOG

Download the 2024 5K Hog Log

5K MAP & FAQs

Check it out on the 5K overview page by clicking here

The Flying Pig Kids’ Marathon presented by Cincinnati Children’s is an award-winning youth fitness program of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon. Our youth program is a fun way for school-aged children to be involved in the community celebration leading up to and during Flying Pig Marathon Weekend. Crossing the Flying Pig Marathon finish “swine” and earning a real Flying Pig medal, we hope, will set the stage for a lifetime of healthy behaviors.

Get more information in the 26th Mile event page.

We’re partnering with Great Parks to encourage youth to enjoy activities outdoors! There are 10 events being held at surrounding Great Parks locations that youth can attend to count towards their training for the 26th mile or Flying Pig 5K. 

All sessions require registration. For more info on each session and to register, click here

Event Dates: 

  • Winter in the Woods - Feb. 24 | 2 p.m. | Glenwood Gardens | Gatehouse

  • Hikin’ For Lichen - March 3 | 1 p.m. | Miami Whitewater Forest | Timberlakes Program Shelter

  • Riverside Walk - March 7 | 6:30 p.m. | Fernbank Park | Lee Shelter

  • Signs of Spring - March 13 | 6:30 p.m. | Woodland Mound | Seasongood Nature Center

  • Mushroom Hunt - March 23 | 10 a.m. | Sharon Woods | Sharon Centre

  • Bird is the Word - April 6 | 8 a.m. | Miami Whitewater Forest | Timberlakes Program Shelter

  • Sunset Hike - April 14 | 8 p.m. | Mitchell Memorial Forest | Wood Duck Trailhead

  • Tree Time - April 16 | 6:30 p.m. | Embshoff Woods | Rivermount Shelter

  • Ancient Ingenuity - April 20 | 10 a.m. | Shawnee Lookout | Miami Fort Trailhead

  • Hog Log Bog Slog - April 27 | 10 a.m. | Miami Whitewater Forest | Visitor Center

Youth Program Links