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Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

rutowskis1 FIRST-TIMER '18

Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

I may be a little biased because this is my hometown but I will forever run this race until I can't anymore. Crowd support, swag, hilly (but downhills make up … MORE

I may be a little biased because this is my hometown but I will forever run this race until I can’t anymore. Crowd support, swag, hilly (but downhills make up for it), beautiful city, incredible expo, really everything you need in a race can be found at the Cincinnati Flying Pig. 10/10 recommend.

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Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

CPopham REPEAT RUNNER '19

Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

I did the 4 way with extra cheese, participating in races Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. All weekend, the entire city is all in for the Pig. From the expo to … MORE

I did the 4 way with extra cheese, participating in races Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. All weekend, the entire city is all in for the Pig. From the expo to the races themselves, it’s a non-stop party.

As much as the full marathon gets a bad rap for being super hilly, I was able to PR this course. YES, it’s hilly. But the crowd support and relatively flat remainder of the course after around mile 9 makes it such a good, bearable race.

The medals are top notch. Who doesn’t love a double sided medal, with a pig butt and curly tail?!

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Zoom Ayala Cove Run

Lani FIRST-TIMER '17

Zoom Ayala Cove Run

QUICK BITS Put on by Bay Area trail racing organization Coastal Trail Races, Ayala Cove was a charming little race on Angel Island that offered something for everyone, with the … MORE

QUICK BITS

Put on by Bay Area trail racing organization Coastal Trail Races, Ayala Cove was a charming little race on Angel Island that offered something for everyone, with the three distances of 5-miler, 10-miler, and 15-miler races, with all versions taking runners up to the summit of Mount Livermore.

PRE-RACE DETAILS

This is the second time I’ve run a race on Angel Island, and it really makes for a great experience. You have to catch the ferry to get there (and Coastal Trail Races hired a ferry run just for runners), and wait a bit for the race organizers to set up the start area before the race starts.

Registration was very reasonable (5-miler: $35; 10-miler: $40; 15-miler: $50), which included a gender-specific tech tee and finisher’s medal for those who finished. The race was based on gun time and was not chip timed.

The race fee did not include the cost of the ferry ride; that was an extra you could add on to your registration, or pay when you picked up your bib at the docks.

Unfortunately, the weather was wet and bitterly cold right while we were waiting, but the weather turned nice as soon as we took off.

THE COURSE

The course was set up as three loops along different loops: The summit, middle, and perimeter loops. All distances got a chance to hit the summit; the 5-milers just did the summit loop. The 10-milers did the middle then summit loops, and the 15-milers ran the perimeter, then middle, then summit loops. The perimeter loop was the most boring because it’s essentially the paved perimeter road around the island, but fortunately the 15-milers got that one out of the way first.

AID STATIONS

The single aid station was located by the start area, so you were encouraged to be somewhat self-sufficient with your own water. The aid station was stocked with fruit, salty snacks, sports drink, and water.

GOODIES/BLING

Finisher’s medal: The small rectangular medal had the race logo on it, but the medal did not list the year. Instead, the date “2017” was printed on the pink ribbon. HOWEVER, I originally got a medal with a generic pink strap, with no year printed on it. Without the year, there was no way to know what year it was for, so I went back and asked the medal distribution volunteer if she still had any left with the year on it. She was kind enough to trade it for my blank one… and then she proceeded to give the blank one to the next finisher!

I’m guessing Coastal Trail Races plans to reuse the same medal for next year’s race, and wanted to keep costs down. The pink design was cute, but the generic undated medal was a bit of a disappointment.

Race shirt: Gender-specific tech shirts were available. It looked like the men had a choice in colors, while the women only had one. Either that, or they ran out of the second color for the women (if that’s the case, again maybe the race organizer was trying to keep costs down by minimizing extras/waste?). Since I ran the 15-miler they may have run out of the second color by the time I finished.

The shirts were not available for pickup before the finish.

POST-RACE INFO

Post-race food was looking really sparse by the time I finished, and I was not the last finisher by any means. Some other race organizations make it a point not to put out all the post-race food right away, to make sure later finishers can enjoy the same food experience, but they seemed not to do that for this race. I think I was able to snag one orange slice at the end, but nothing else (the trash bags were very full and food trays were all empty). I had to go to the cafe near the boat dock and buy my own snacks to get some calories.

TIPS

I like that even the 5-milers get to go to the summit. In a lot of races with multiple distances, the shortest distances usually don’t get to go to the summit, so this was nice. If I run this in the future, I think I will just sign up for the 10-miler. I’ll feel like I got my money’s worth (a 5-miler is almost too short for me to go through the hassles of getting to Tiburon at the crack of dawn to catch the ferry). That way they won’t run out of shirts and post-race food when I finish.

GENERAL THOUGHTS

Charming but feels like a small-time operation. Not really looking for a really slick professional setup, but it felt like there wasn’t as much attention paid to small details as I’m used to with other local trail races. That said, the course is wonderful, and the view is breathtaking! It’s a fantastic run and a great excuse to visit Angel Island. If you can make it a day, go visit the museum and hang around to enjoy lunch at the cafe!

BEST/MOST UNIQUE FEATURE?

Spectacular views. Bring your camera!

HOW WOULD YOU IMPROVE THE RACE?

Please don’t give out undated generic races medals. Also, why not just give out the race shirts when you pick up your race bibs before you get on the ferry? That’s less stuff to carry on the boat, and people can wear it for the race (or take it back to their parked car in Tiburon).

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS RACE?

Yes, but only the shorter distances unless you are very fast and can get to the finish before they run out of post-race food.

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3
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3
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Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

katiemcb09 REPEAT RUNNER '19

Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

I have run the Flying Pig half since 2012, but this year decided to try the marathon relay with my siblings. It was so well executed, and such a fun … MORE

I have run the Flying Pig half since 2012, but this year decided to try the marathon relay with my siblings. It was so well executed, and such a fun way to experience the Pig! We all went downtown before the race and 3 of us rode the buses to our relay points. The buses were easy to find and the relay points were really fantastic – lots of snacks, drinks, and porta potties! I thought I might be bored but the energy was fantastic. Then, of course, the race was amazing. I ran the third leg that goes through Mariemont and was amazed at how many people came out to cheer. We had so much fun and absolutely loved the swag we got!

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Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

eshaemonroy REPEAT RUNNER '19

Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

Last year, I participated in the half marathon, this year I went for the full marathon. I think that right there should say a lot about the Flying pig Marathon. … MORE

Last year, I participated in the half marathon, this year I went for the full marathon. I think that right there should say a lot about the Flying pig Marathon. From sign up to the course this is one of the best races I’ve ever participated in. The expo has lots of vendors, free samples, and plenty of products to test out. The packet pickup was smooth only thing I don’t like is that you get your packet from the front and go through the whole expo to get to the shirts, freebies (last year was a blanket, this year a large cooler) and poster/magnets. Can be a hustle to carry all and go shopping so bring help lol!
The course, has hydration every mile, medics and food/fuel (bacon, ice pops, cookies, chips, crackers, candies) galore every couple miles too. The crowd support is insane and keeps your spirits high especially when and if a wall is hit. There are crowds of all ages from toddler to the elderly out there either volunteering or cheering. The course does have quite a few hills biggest is between 6-8 miles, so be sure to train for those, after that it’s just small rolling hills but they still work your legs a good bit!

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Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

Mels2870 REPEAT RUNNER '19

Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

The Flying Pig weekend is one of the best race experiences you could ask for. The expo is filled with great vendors, swag and photo ops. The courses are hilly … MORE

The Flying Pig weekend is one of the best race experiences you could ask for. The expo is filled with great vendors, swag and photo ops. The courses are hilly but have great scenery and awesome spectator support. This is a must do event!

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Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

CHDHeartMom FIRST-TIMER '19

Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

This was my first race and I had a blast! The 5K race itself was a great course. There was only one big hill and it wan't too bad. The … MORE

This was my first race and I had a blast! The 5K race itself was a great course. There was only one big hill and it wan’t too bad. The race started behind the Paul Brown stadium, went right through the city and ended up at the riverfront. And more than just the race itself, the Flying Pig weekend is fantastic and the whole city rally’s behind it.

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Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

BoxerMom33 FIRST-TIMER '19

Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

This is was my 16th half marathon and 7th state and it was the best race so far. The crowd support lined the entire half course which I have never … MORE

This is was my 16th half marathon and 7th state and it was the best race so far. The crowd support lined the entire half course which I have never seen before. The race organization was excellent. The hills were long but the last 3 miles of downhill and flat help me get my first ever negative split for a half. I highly recommend this race!

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Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

QueenTonks REPEAT RUNNER '19

Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

This is for real, the best supported race I’ve ever run. From the well run expo to the aid stations(three or so hydration and four snack), to the fans on … MORE

This is for real, the best supported race I’ve ever run. From the well run expo to the aid stations(three or so hydration and four snack), to the fans on the route.

Correspondence from the directors is quick.

The course is great, challenging but not impossible with three river crossings. Great views of the cities. They have a pack of cyclists that lead out the front of the pack and the end of the pack.

The medals. Oh man the medals. Hefty, pretty and piggy. Pork butts on the back are my fave.

I tell everyone about this race and I think I need to start underselling it a bit. I don’t think that people believe this race can be this good.

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Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

jilygee REPEAT RUNNER '19

Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

This was only my 2nd 10K. Unfortunately my family could not be there to cheer me on but there was so much support from spectators and other participants. Even the … MORE

This was only my 2nd 10K. Unfortunately my family could not be there to cheer me on but there was so much support from spectators and other participants. Even the volunteers made it easy to keep on trucking.

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Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

sproc004 FIRST-TIMER '19

Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

Everything about this race is done superbly! The race started at the Bengals stadium, which allowed for bathroom usage. The entry points into the corrals was well managed, and easy … MORE

Everything about this race is done superbly! The race started at the Bengals stadium, which allowed for bathroom usage. The entry points into the corrals was well managed, and easy to follow. The start of the race was very smooth, with a few minutes between each release.

The course was challenging, but fun. There are some pretty significant hills in the first half of the race, which helped me to focus on controlling pace. The back half was small rolling hills so nothing too crazy there. Overall the challenge of the course made the run interesting.

The support on the course was phenomenal! There were ample aid stations (I think every mile), volunteers passing out Swedish fish, cookies, bacon, and neighborhoods offering beer and mimosas. Everyone seemed to be having a great time, and really wanted to support all the runners.

The swag was also a plus for this race as each runner received a poster, cooler, and shirt. All seem to be really high quality.

The medals for this race are fantastic! I have run over a dozen half marathons, and one other full marathon, and this was my favorite medal by far!

The fun factor of this race should make this a bucket list run for runners of any distance!

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Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

clsmit FIRST-TIMER '19

Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

Cincy goes all out for Flying Pig. Tons of food and spectators, lots of excitement in town all weekend. The multi day races are well organized and well done. While … MORE

Cincy goes all out for Flying Pig. Tons of food and spectators, lots of excitement in town all weekend. The multi day races are well organized and well done. While the half/full course is hilly and challenging it is still a ton of fun. Highly recommended race(s).

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Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

rone99 REPEAT RUNNER '19

Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

The whole experience was great for me. I probably should have trained a little more. I walked the course because of my age and medical history. Very smooth from start … MORE

The whole experience was great for me. I probably should have trained a little more. I walked the course because of my age and medical history. Very smooth from start to finish.

DIFFICULTY
5
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SCENERY
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SWAG
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