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Overall Rating (759 Reviews)
4.8
(759 Ratings) 🏆 (759 Reviews)
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4.3
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    Manda FIRST-TIMER '23

    2023 was a Very wet one! However, despite the torrential downpour, I've had a lot of fun. Somewhat hilly course, and extra challenging with all the rain, but so cool … MORE

    2023 was a Very wet one! However, despite the torrential downpour, I’ve had a lot of fun. Somewhat hilly course, and extra challenging with all the rain, but so cool to have to many people show up during a storm to cheer everyone on!! Lots of entertainment, Elvis singing around mile 9 or so, mimosa stand, even a bacon stand was available lol expo was awesome, they give so much free stuff for marathoners, it’s awesome! Wish more races felt like a party like the flying pig did. I recommend this to everyone!

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    JennyRuns16 FIRST-TIMER '23

    At this point I'm sure everyone has heard that the 2023 Flying Pig should have been named the "Swimming" Pig. You can never plan 100% for the weather, and unfortunately … MORE

    At this point I’m sure everyone has heard that the 2023 Flying Pig should have been named the “Swimming” Pig. You can never plan 100% for the weather, and unfortunately this race would have been better served with a kayak than running sneakers. Oh well.

    Packet pick up was like something I haven’t seen outside of runDisney events. It was very large with A LOT of vendors and options for shopping and freebies! It was very easy to get around though and get my bib/poster/shirt/backpack/etc.etc.etc.
    The race was a bit of a wash (pun intended). The very large hill climbing up to the park was difficult, especially when I was already soaking wet.
    I did not get to enjoy the post race party because of family obligations, but I could hear the music and the good time being had by runners and their families.
    I would like to do this run again someday, maybe when we can better predict the weather.

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    jstick REPEAT RUNNER '23

    Good race with a mix to scenery. Start downtown cross the river into KY then back into OH. good crowd support even in terrible conditions. MORE

    Good race with a mix to scenery. Start downtown cross the river into KY then back into OH. good crowd support even in terrible conditions.

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    smwatts FIRST-TIMER '23

    Some of my favorite quotes to think about when the run gets tough… “F.E.A.R. Forget everything and run or face everything and rise. The choice is yours” “Life is either … MORE

    Some of my favorite quotes to think about when the run gets tough…

    “F.E.A.R. Forget everything and run or face everything and rise. The choice is yours”
    “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all”
    “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger”
    “No pain no gain”
    “Life is short, run the race”

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    Deannatrusty REPEAT RUNNER '23

    This year it rained 12 of the 13 miles i ran. Great race but my performance was below par. Will sign up again next year. And properly train. MORE

    This year it rained 12 of the 13 miles i ran. Great race but my performance was below par. Will sign up again next year. And properly train.

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    lorimodo FIRST-TIMER '23

    I’ve heard great things about Flying Pig and I was not disappointed. As a back of the pack runner I found it to be very back of the pack friendly. … MORE

    I’ve heard great things about Flying Pig and I was not disappointed. As a back of the pack runner I found it to be very back of the pack friendly. I was especially impressed by the volunteers and crowd support. Due to rain and thunderstorms on the day of the marathon and half marathon, I expected the streets to be empty. However the city still came out to cheer us on. I know some felt the race should have been cancelled or delayed, but as I traveled to Ohio and this was my Ohio race, I really didn’t want to miss it. I actually did hear the shelter in place announcement ( I believe most did not from what I’ve read), but continued running as no one else around me stopped. I figured I am a grown adult and made the choice to continue. I didn’t find the hills to be as bad as I have heard. I was impressed with all of the water stops and food options along the way, not just for the half marathon, but for the 5 and 10Ks as well. Plenty of crowd support for those races as well. This is definitely a race I would run again.

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    asjlewis31 FIRST-TIMER '23

    This was an epic race to run a half-marathon. So much fan support in all miles of the race in the pouring down rain this year. Each fuel stations had … MORE

    This was an epic race to run a half-marathon. So much fan support in all miles of the race in the pouring down rain this year. Each fuel stations had plenty of water and Gatorade. Some had energy treats or papertowels to dry off. It was raining so much I was unable keep my head up enough to enjoy the scenery. The aid station at the end of race were very good at noticing runners distressed. They got me warm, gave me energy (fluid/food), took my blood pressure and explained what happened. There is alot of walking depending on where you park if attending events on Saturday (watching races, spending time in Smale Riverfront Park, attending the Expo). You must make this a full weekend event – you don’t want to miss anything happening on Friday or Saturday. Lots of fun with all the vendors and sponsors life size plowups. Lots of photo opportunities. Make sure you have a camera or your phone is fully charged. Improvement: Speaker at start of race needs be loud enough or more speakers so all runners clear to back of the pack can here the announcements and National Anthem. At the finishers line, there needs to be better signs on where stuff is or someone to direct you. I missed two different items – one I had mailed to me. The aid station people at the end of race mentioned a Family Tent to meet up with family which did not exist. Many vendors at the Expo ran out of items to buy or handout. The Pig Works app needs to mention all food vendors, what they are offering and prices. I would highly recommend this race to anyone wanting to do 1mile, 5K, 10K, Flying Piglet, Kids, PigAbilities, FlyingFur, Half-marathon, Relay or Full Marathon. This is the best race for 50-State Half-marathon Club in Ohio. The Swag was awsome!! (poster, shirt, backpack, magent, mylar blanket). The Expo and Smale Park had so many things to do, free handouts and Flying Pig things to purchase. Well worth the trip from Texas for this event no matter what the weather conditions were!!

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    robinson2236 FIRST-TIMER '23

    FP is a must do race, even if it's one and done. I've now completed the first 3 legs of the relay and the Half Marathon. I plan to run … MORE

    FP is a must do race, even if it’s one and done. I’ve now completed the first 3 legs of the relay and the Half Marathon. I plan to run the 4th leg of the relay next year. It’s an experience but don’t expect a PR. As with Disney races, you should go to enjoy the experience. Eat all the snacks, take all the pictures. Yes, there is one h3ll of a hill, but you just have to push through it. It’s just as long on the downhill side which helps you make up some lost time. Hopefully the weather this year was one and done.

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    angrykiwi FIRST-TIMER '23

    I traveled from the Chicago area with my family to run the Flying Pig as my first marathon. The thunderstorm in the first few miles had me worried that the … MORE

    I traveled from the Chicago area with my family to run the Flying Pig as my first marathon. The thunderstorm in the first few miles had me worried that the race would be canceled and I was happy to be able to keep running. I couldn’t believe how many spectators were out cheering even through the worst of the storm! The crowd support was amazing, I loved having aid stations every mile, and it was overall a great experience. Apart from the marathon, we loved exploring Cincinnati with great meals out, a Reds game, and a visit to the zoo. A really fun city and race!

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    travis.prewitt1 REPEAT RUNNER '23

    Crowd support is top notch even during a severe thunderstorm. Aid stations are plentiful. Kudos to the race director for making a difficult decision and communicating race morning that all … MORE

    Crowd support is top notch even during a severe thunderstorm. Aid stations are plentiful. Kudos to the race director for making a difficult decision and communicating race morning that all things were a go. I had a blast again running this race!

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    fotogmike FIRST-TIMER '23

    This year's race got a lot of attention because of the weather, but the more important details are what runners can expect in other years. At the top of the … MORE

    This year’s race got a lot of attention because of the weather, but the more important details are what runners can expect in other years. At the top of the list is the fantastic spectator support. They went well beyond cheering by decorating, being in costume, playing fun music, and setting up extra aid stations.
    The course has some hills and all the tougher ones are in the early miles when your legs are still fresh. Keep your effort level from spiking and save some energy for later. I discovered the finish area was like a buffet line, with lots of items from the sponsors, especially Kroger and the local LaRosa’s Pizzeria. After you’ve gotten your medal and post-race goodies, you can relax in Riverfront Park, a beautiful place to rest, recover, and take photos.
    Two more important details: The expo was bigger than most and shows great sponsor support. Access to the start corrals was very well-controlled. When I started running, there were no problems dealing with slower runners getting in the way or faster runners pushing through. Everyone around me was at the same pace.

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    francste REPEAT RUNNER '23

    I’ve run at least a half marathon in all fifty states so I’ve done the research for you! For road marathons, this is THE BEST. The expo is great, the … MORE

    I’ve run at least a half marathon in all fifty states so I’ve done the research for you! For road marathons, this is THE BEST. The expo is great, the aid stations are ALWAYS there and plentiful, the food at the end is great and there until the marathoners are done, and spectators—- they rock the whole course and are they’re there literally rain or shine. Sign up in May and you can get the full with some other distances (4 way) for less than you’ll spend on just a half marathon with other races.

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    NewsWasGood FIRST-TIMER '23

    This was a great experience for my first marathon. On the plus side, this huge event is extremely well-organized, with great volunteers, a challenging course and tons of enthusiastic community … MORE

    This was a great experience for my first marathon. On the plus side, this huge event is extremely well-organized, with great volunteers, a challenging course and tons of enthusiastic community support.

    Organizers couldn’t control the weather, so I don’t hold that against them, but their response to the thunderstorms in the first 30-45 minutes left a bit to be desired. If you don’t delay the start of the race, it’s going to be impossible to “pause” it once you’ve decided conditions might be dangerous after all. Plus, if you announce to runners it’s “paused,” shouldn’t the clock be paused? Those of us who actually stopped and managed to find shelter in downtown parking garages got an extra 10+ minutes on our finish times but were no less soaked than the thousands who just kept running. Maybe our risk of a lightning strike was a bit lower for those 10 minutes? Hard to say. This is an eventuality for which this otherwise incredible race needs a much better plan in the future.

    On the bright side, the rain and cloud cover kept me cool on the course, and once the storms had passed the run was a pleasant experience. Support from fellow runners on seeing my first-timer back bib was an extra motivator. Great expo, great swag and great city. I strongly recommend the Flying Pig, but keep an eye on the weather and the organizers’ plans for it in the future.

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    SteveC99 FIRST-TIMER '23

    This will be a race to remember. I enjoyed most of my experience running my first full marathon. However the decision to start the race with severe weather approaching put … MORE

    This will be a race to remember. I enjoyed most of my experience running my first full marathon. However the decision to start the race with severe weather approaching put too many runners, spectators, volunteers, law enforcement at risk. They should have delayed the start. A lot of confusion on the course when they tried to stop the race and have runners shelter in place, but they didn’t stop the clock, and many runners kept going. I made the decision to keep going, but the adrenaline was going, I shouldn’t have had to make that decision.

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    jamer133 REPEAT RUNNER '23

    I've run a lot of races in other states and this one is top notch. You can't beat the Expo, SWAG, or crowd support. The weather was the craziest I … MORE

    I’ve run a lot of races in other states and this one is top notch. You can’t beat the Expo, SWAG, or crowd support. The weather was the craziest I have ever run a race in, but that didn’t deter volunteers and spectators. Be prepared for hills during the first 10k, but then enjoy the downhills of the second part. Definitely suggest this race!

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    The weather was pretty terrible but I was blown away by how many people still lined the streets to cheer us on. This was my first Flying Pig experience and … MORE

    The weather was pretty terrible but I was blown away by how many people still lined the streets to cheer us on. This was my first Flying Pig experience and I ran the anchor leg of the relay. Training was really tough for me and I had not yet successfully run the distance I needed. However, the energy and excitement of the day was amazing and I blew away my expectations. It almost felt easy! The aid stations were plentiful and fun and the community feel of the whole weekend was stellar. I loved seeing the teams of people pushing some in wheel chairs. Definitely will run again! Props to those who ran through the monsoon.

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    epatino24 FIRST-TIMER '23

    Super fun race. Lots of entertainment. Great scenery. Fantastic crowd support. Plenty of aid stations. Cool expo. Amazing swag, Can’t ask for better! MORE

    Super fun race. Lots of entertainment. Great scenery. Fantastic crowd support. Plenty of aid stations. Cool expo. Amazing swag, Can’t ask for better!

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    This race is really cool, especially if you are new to running or racing. Everyone dresses piggie theme appropriate, the vibe is very fun and low stress, and the medal … MORE

    This race is really cool, especially if you are new to running or racing. Everyone dresses piggie theme appropriate, the vibe is very fun and low stress, and the medal is AWESOME!

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    rogerthat REPEAT RUNNER '23

    The Flying Pig always shows up as a Top 10 marathon to run, but once you experience it, you realize it is the best running experience out there. Make no … MORE

    The Flying Pig always shows up as a Top 10 marathon to run, but once you experience it, you realize it is the best running experience out there. Make no mistake, the stars of this race are the volunteers and spectators. Us runners simply get to humbly experience them as we run past. I was never alone during this race. The number of spectators is shocking, as is there uniqueness and volume, and aid stations are plentiful. There is plenty of support out there for the weary runner.

    The expo is quite extensive and generous, with packet pickup quite easy. Staying in Newport or Covington is convenient, walking across the Purple People bridge bright and early to easily get to the start line. The course is reasonable, reflecting the Cincinnati landscape, with scenery matching the typical urban race. A stretch of hills miles 5-8.5, pretty flat to downhill after that.

    The handling of the unprecedented monsoon this year will draw criticism from some. They got lucky, especially avoiding hail conditions; ideally, they should have delayed the start 45 minutes, sheltering runners beneath the stadium, and it would have avoided some of the questionable parts. I presume they did not have police support through the afternoon for the marathon route, so didn’t delay start……so if there’s something to learn for future years, that’s it. I actually enjoyed the storm.

    This was by far my best race ever. Not a PR, due to age, but the best experience I’ve ever had out on the course. It was truly remarkable the number of spectators weathering the storm for us runners. Running through downtown in a torrential downpour, cheered by thousands of fans, as I headed for the hills, was more than enough adrenalin for me. Surreal.

    A weekend when you can take in a Red’s game, visit Hofbrauhaus in Newport, watch the Kentucky derby while in Kentucky, and then run a memorable race. It happens the first Sunday in May. Thanks, Cincinnati.

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    Beautiful course, but those hills seem to go on forever. The steep downhill at the end is nice but doesn’t quite make up for the pounding. The crowds, even in … MORE

    Beautiful course, but those hills seem to go on forever. The steep downhill at the end is nice but doesn’t quite make up for the pounding. The crowds, even in the pouring rain, were amazing and uplifting. I look forward to running it again without the torrential downpours

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