Record Turnout, Record Win at Flying Pig Marathon

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Cincinnati (For Immediate Release) – With the largest field in Flying Pig history, four-time Flying Pig Marathon winner Sergio Reyes returned from a year away from the Pig to claim an unprecedented fifth victory in the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon powered by P&G, winning in a time of 2:26:03.

The total registration for Flying Pig weekend events was 39,692, a record for Flying Pig total participation, beating the 2015 field total of 37,770. Participants from all 50 states and 17 countries were included in the record registration

Second in the men’s marathon field was 34-year-old David Riddle of Cincinnati in a time of 2:33:43 and third was 34-year-old Brendon Moody of Van Wert, Ohio, in 2:41:12.

“The crowds were terrific in the usual spots today,” said Reyes, a native of Palmdale, CA. “I’ve never won any marathon I’ve done five times, so this one is special. I’m not getting any younger,” said the 34-year-old Reyes, “so I don’t know how many more I’ll do, but this will always be in my heart as a great event. I love supporting the running community here in Greater Cincinnati.

In the women’s marathon, first-time marathoner Anne Flower, 26, of Cincinnati won in a time of 2:55:46. Ironically, Flower’s coach in high school track and field was second place finisher Kerry Lee, who led most of the marathon and crossed in 3:07:16. Lee, who coaches cross country at Anderson High School, was runner-up in the marathon in 2011, 2013 and 2015 and third in 2012 and 2014.

Third in the women’s marathon was 36-year-old Tami Christensen of Liberty Lake, WA. This was her 45th marathon and her 40th state in her quest to finish a marathon in all 50 states.

For Flower, not only was this her first marathon, it was her first Flying Pig event. “I heard it was a great race, so I decided to enter,” said Flower, who passed Lee at around mile 23 to take the lead for good. “It was awesome to hear so many people cheering for all the runners.”

In the Paycor Half Marathon, a couple of familiar faces in the Greater Cincinnati running community took the top spots. David Bea, 36, of Cincinnati, who came in second in the full marathon last year, won the half in a time of 1:14:18. And in the women’s division, 36-year-old Amy Robillard of Montgomery, who already has won the Paycor Half twice, claimed her third half marathon title in a time of 1:22:40. Robillard also has won the full marathon twice, in 2014 and 2015.

Second in the Paycor Half for the men was 44-year-old Kevin Herd of Maineville in 1:15:49 and third was 33-year-old Matthew Behrensmeyer of Crescent Springs, KY, in 1:16:3

On the women’s side, 27-year-old Katie Lenahan, a two-time winner of the Queen Bee Half Marathon, came in second in the women’s division in 1:22:40 and third was 27-year-old Lindsey Stanek of Cincinnati in 1:28:57.

The Flying Pig Saturday events opened with one runner taking the top spots in Saturday’s two premier events, the Toyota 10K and Tri-State Running Company 5K.

Jason Bumb of New Riegel, Ohio, won both the Toyota 10K in a time of 34:33 and the Tri-State Running Company 5K in 16:39. Second in the men’s Toyota 10K was 24-year-old David Griffith of Findlay, Ohio, in 34:56 and third was 37-year-old Mike Greiwe of Edgewood, KY, in 35:12.

In the women’s division of the Toyota 10K, Wendy Marshall, 41, of Cincinnati won in a time of 39:08, with 31-year-old Marie Wysong of Fairborn, Ohio, coming in second in 39:48 and 33-year-old Michelle Ramsey of Cincinnati finishing third in 41:56.

Second in the Tri-State Running Company 5K was 16-year-old Ethan Snyder of Erlanger, KY, in 16:56 and third was 21-year-old Ross Frondorf from Cincinnati in 17:02.

For the women, Karen Berndt, 32, of West Chester, who won the 5K in 2012 and has come in second in the event twice, including last year, came back to win the event this year in 20:01. Second was Molly Greiwe, 30, of Lakeside Park, KY, in 20:32 and third was 18-year-old Taylor Hoffman of Cincinnati in 21:10.

Flying Pig weekend started with Friday night’s Little Kings Mile, with Jacob Edwards of Delaware, OH, winning the men’s division in a time of 4:24. Second was Connor Buchholz of Cincinnati in 4:27 and third was Jeffrey Griffiths of New Richmond, OH, in 4:29. The female division winner was Lara Crofford of Cincinnati in 5:16, followed by Jessica Albers of Cincinnati in second at 5:19 and Julie Mercado of Springboro in third, with a time of 5:21.

The Flying Pig events and their registration totals:

  • Full marathon, powered by P&G: 4,737
  • Paycor Half Marathon: 12,728
  • City Dash 4-Person Relay/Aetna Corporate 4-Person Relay: 2,728
  • Toyoyta 10K: 5,072
  • Tri-State Running Company 5K: 6,958
  • Kids Marathon One Miler presented by EY: 4,017
  • PigAbilities: 217
  • Piglet Fun Run: 605
  • IAMS Flying Fur Dog Walk/Run: 630
  • Little Kings Mile: 2,000

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The 19th annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon powered by P&G will be held May 5-7, 2017. Follow the Flying Pig on Facebook and @runflyingpig on Twitter and Instagram.