Overall Rating
Overall Rating (162 Reviews)
4.8
(162 Ratings)(162 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.5
SCENERY
4.2
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
4.8
Bee-lieve it, girlfriend. There’s a women’s half marathon in Cincinnati. The Queen Bee Half Marathon is on a mission: to promote the fun of fitness while raising support and funds for local charities that focus on women. Race weekend will include plenty of pampering, swag, and fun—the perfect ingredients for … MORE
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    hgoodwin REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Such a wonderful race! The course is great - starts with some uphill, then some amazing downhill, and ending with rollers. The swag is fabulous. The "girl power" vibe and … MORE

    Such a wonderful race! The course is great – starts with some uphill, then some amazing downhill, and ending with rollers. The swag is fabulous. The “girl power” vibe and sense of empowerment is hard to beat.

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    beth1216 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is predominately a women's race that continues to woo me with the nice swag. I will admit some years are better than others but always good. And I like … MORE

    This is predominately a women’s race that continues to woo me with the nice swag. I will admit some years are better than others but always good. And I like how in the past their swag supported women’s causes, Aruna made or 2018 bags. Course is tough but not defeating. Crowd support is okay not what the Flying Pig is.

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    mekurtz13 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I loved this race! 2019 was my first year participating in the Queen Bee and I already have it on my calendar for 2020. This was the best half marathon … MORE

    I loved this race! 2019 was my first year participating in the Queen Bee and I already have it on my calendar for 2020. This was the best half marathon course I have been on. The incline in the beginning made those final miles even sweeter because it was a flat coast to the end. Running towards the city for the final miles was such as nice view. I loved all of the motivational signs along the way, especially the quotes by famous women on mile 12. This race was all about girl power! The swag was so cute and generous! I wear my sparkly long sleeve tech shirt all the time and it was so nice to receive a Sweaty Band before the race and a Winter headband for finishing. The recovery area had lots of great snacks and the PR bell was placed so you got the river in the background of your photos – such a fun shot! Overall Queen Bee weekend was so enjoyable and the course made it easy to pace the race.

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    hmoorexxx1 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Queen Bee is a great race for both beginners and experienced runners. Parking and logistics are easy. First 5k of this course is tough with hills. The next 5k is … MORE

    Queen Bee is a great race for both beginners and experienced runners. Parking and logistics are easy. First 5k of this course is tough with hills. The next 5k is a sweet downhill then levels off with just a few small rolling hills back into downtown. The race directors do a fantastic job organizing the rave and in promoting a positive and encouraging environment. The medals are always unique, the L/S shirts are perfect for fall running and the race swag makes that finish line even sweeter. It’s one of my favorite races every year! #💜👑🐝

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    sunclipse FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race was put together beautifully. The race was coordinated with the Wellness your way expo and Blink making for a fun weekend all around! The last stretch was a … MORE

    This race was put together beautifully. The race was coordinated with the Wellness your way expo and Blink making for a fun weekend all around! The last stretch was a little boring but the finish line And after party made up for it!

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    oakley121511 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This is a great race geared towards females (males are welcome too)! Their pre race expo is awesome, and the swag is pretty great! The course had quite a few … MORE

    This is a great race geared towards females (males are welcome too)! Their pre race expo is awesome, and the swag is pretty great! The course had quite a few spectators, which was great! There are a few hills, which makes it a bit challenging (but not too bad). The post race party was great with complimentary massages and food. Can’t wait to run this one again!

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    reily24 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The atmosphere of this race is wonderful. It was very empowering being surrounded by so many other women and running together. The race goodies and swag, support from spectators and … MORE

    The atmosphere of this race is wonderful. It was very empowering being surrounded by so many other women and running together. The race goodies and swag, support from spectators and volunteers, and overall theme of the Queen Bee made this the funnest race I’ve ever ran!

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    sstamper25 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Great race! Enjoyed everything about and will be back next year! Well managed course with lots of people cheering you on. Perfect running weather! MORE

    Great race! Enjoyed everything about and will be back next year! Well managed course with lots of people cheering you on. Perfect running weather!

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    notifer88 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    So amazing to see so many women of all abilities cheer each other on !!! It’s the perfect time of yr ... and the swag is 👌🏻 As well as … MORE

    So amazing to see so many women of all abilities cheer each other on !!! It’s the perfect time of yr … and the swag is 👌🏻
    As well as the after party!!! I have done it each yr and can’t wait for next yr

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    smithe10 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The first 2 miles is a small hill then the rest in downhill or flat! Perfect for beginners! The run through Eden Park was pretty! I just wish they had … MORE

    The first 2 miles is a small hill then the rest in downhill or flat! Perfect for beginners! The run through Eden Park was pretty! I just wish they had morning of packet pick up so you don’t have to fight downtown Cincinnati traffic on a Friday night! Especially since this years race was the same weekend as other events! Go early for packet pick up if you can! Other than that race day wasn’t stressful! We got there early and found a place to park and got warmed up!

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    brinson.6 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    You can't beat the atmosphere of this race. The expo was super fun and this year they partnered with the Wellness your way festival which added a whole bunch of … MORE

    You can’t beat the atmosphere of this race. The expo was super fun and this year they partnered with the Wellness your way festival which added a whole bunch of vendors and fun. The course can be a challenge with the hill but it makes the way back downhill! The volunteers on course are great, lots of support to keep you going on the way. Mimosas and cheese conveys, plus some great bling are waiting at the finish line!

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    aeads1907 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was my first race ever and it was so reward. Had a good hill in there but nothing to bad. Fantastic crowd support through whole half marathon. Lots of … MORE

    This was my first race ever and it was so reward. Had a good hill in there but nothing to bad. Fantastic crowd support through whole half marathon. Lots of yummy snacks and plenty of water stations. Post race snacks and celebrations were great.

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    aeads1907 FIRST-TIMER '19

    From start to finish this was a fun race! Very encouraging and lots of crowd support. Will definitely make Queen Bee a yearly race of mine! Great customer service, expo … MORE

    From start to finish this was a fun race! Very encouraging and lots of crowd support. Will definitely make Queen Bee a yearly race of mine! Great customer service, expo was super fun and post race celebration was very enjoyable.

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    ktcomisar REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Loved all things queen bee! The expo, swag, and race day! The course is tough. It it the same course as the Flying Pig Marathon which caused me to have … MORE

    Loved all things queen bee! The expo, swag, and race day! The course is tough. It it the same course as the Flying Pig Marathon which caused me to have minor flashbacks lol

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    ploy.keener REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This race is amazing! Well run (pun intended) and supporting amazing causes, I LOVE that this race is focused on women. It is so empowering to be out there with … MORE

    This race is amazing! Well run (pun intended) and supporting amazing causes, I LOVE that this race is focused on women. It is so empowering to be out there with so many other woman from all walks of life. Definitely recommend!!!

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    littleko42 FIRST-TIMER '19

    From social media, to the expo, to the course, all the way to the finish line and post race party this race made me feel like a super boss! This … MORE

    From social media, to the expo, to the course, all the way to the finish line and post race party this race made me feel like a super boss! This was my first half and it was definitely worth it! It was an empowering course/experience for women and definitely something that I will do again! This race will fuel your runners high!

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    BekahMat FIRST-TIMER '19

    The hills come first for this Half Marathon. There were so many people to cheer you along though! Plenty of goodies along the course and even more good stuff at … MORE

    The hills come first for this Half Marathon. There were so many people to cheer you along though! Plenty of goodies along the course and even more good stuff at the end (beer or mimosa, First a Watch breakfast and a Skyline Chili Coney!) The swag bag and expo was top notch as well! Get to the start line plenty early or plan a bathroom break right before you get to the start line. My friends and I arrived 30mins ahead of the start time and expected that would be more than enough time to use the bathroom. The lines were super long and we started the race 5mins after gun time. All and all, a great experience though! I’m hooked and can’t wait for the next one !!

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    sbkaiserman FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is a fantastic complete race production. The expo was by far the best I've ever been to. I'm not sure if it was a special event year but I've … MORE

    This is a fantastic complete race production. The expo was by far the best I’ve ever been to. I’m not sure if it was a special event year but I’ve never left an expo with that many free samples from products I would actually use. I got to try so many new food and beverage products and I left with a week supply of apples and avocados from Krogers. I cannot say enough about the over the top amount of race swag included in the race (long sleeve tshirt, duffle bag, a winter and summer head band and cute race poster… the course was enjoyable with just the right about of challenge and the finisher party was incredible! I’ve run a bunch of races over the years and this is one of the better ones for sure!

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    absltgodss REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The Queen Bee is a race I do every year(only have missed the first one!). The support on the course is amazing. The swag is always amazing, a tech shirt, … MORE

    The Queen Bee is a race I do every year(only have missed the first one!). The support on the course is amazing. The swag is always amazing, a tech shirt, an awesome sweaty band, a bag and a surprise gift at the finish! I look forward to the finish every year! The after party is a blast with live music and yummy treats! Along the course you will be served a variety of treat! Everything from chocolate kisses to crackers and cookies! One of my favorite gimmies on the course is the tissue stops! Volunteers hold out tissues for you! My nose always runs when I do so this is amazing! I know a lot of people will say oh but the hills! The hills are all at the beginning! You get them all out of the way and then enjoy a mostly flat course after 8ish!! The Queen Bee is an amazing race for women. We do get some men too and I love seeing them, but it is such a supportive environment for all of us ladies that the boys kind of get ignored 😊

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    ferguson.yesenia REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The best thing about this race is that from the start of registration to the finish line —YOU matter! -The organization answers questions promptly. -Cincinnati comes out to the event … MORE

    The best thing about this race is that from the start of registration to the finish line —YOU matter!
    -The organization answers questions promptly.
    -Cincinnati comes out to the event to love on the runners with food, cheering and overwhelming support.
    -The view on course, The overlook as the sun is rising makes for a beautiful memory.
    -The swag is like NO other!!
    -The on-line store always has great prices for training season.
    I’ve moved South and made it back to run 2019 because I love it that much!!

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