There are many races run each year in the United States, but few marathons draw as much attention as the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The organizers of the 2014 edition of the 26.2-mile race are expecting around 150,000 spectators to fill the streets in support of the 31,000 entrants in the full and half marathons, according to Shannon Russell of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The streets of Cincinnati will be alive with action on Sunday.
Here is all the vital information every fan of marathon running needs to enjoy one of the largest races in the country.
Where: Cincinnati, Ohio
When: Sunday, May 4
Start Times: Wheelchair start at 6:25 a.m. ET, full and half marathon start at 6:30 a.m. ET
Watch: WLWT 5 Cincinnati (not nationally televised)
Live Stream: WLWT 5 On the Go
*Map via WLWT.com.
2014 Flying Pig Marathon Preview
The 2014 Flying Pig Marathon is one of the most unique events of the year. With a full marathon, half marathon, several relay races, 10K and 5K races and a plethora of children’s events, there is something for everyone this weekend.
The 16th annual marathon weekend should be the most entertaining to date.
Even the Twitter account for the official travel guide to Cincinnati is excited about the events:
The organizers of the Flying Pig Marathon tried to help Cincinnati win a bid to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, but the city lost out to Los Angeles. Despite this setback, this year’s course is much better now.
When asked about the course design this year, Flying Pig executive director Iris Simpson Bush told Russell how Olympic runner Ryan Hall helped give organizers vital feedback:
When we were making the Olympic Trial bid we were reaching out to find out, 'What do elite athletes look for when they go to a city? What are the things that they need?' So Ryan actually came in, ran a couple of courses to kind of give us some feedback to tell us what would be good for the contenders, the athletes themselves.
The Flying Pig Marathon’s official Twitter account shared a picture of the medals:
With an improved course that should help runners post optimum times while still testing them, this year’s race could see new personal records, or even the course record, set. The current mark was set by Cecil Franke in 2006 (2:20:25).
If this event lives up to expectations and there truly are 150,000 spectators and 31,000 entrants who fill the streets this weekend, the city of Cincinnati and the entire marathon community will be buzzing with the Flying Pig.
*All stats and information via FlyingPigMarathon.com.