Overall Rating
Overall Rating (255 Reviews)
4.8
(255 Ratings) 🏆 (255 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.6
SCENERY
4.2
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
4.7
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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    pmclemore FIRST-TIMER '22

    Course is challenging. Hilly at the start but flattens out at about 5 miles. Great swag and the finisher medal is really nice (and heavy!). MORE

    Course is challenging. Hilly at the start but flattens out at about 5 miles. Great swag and the finisher medal is really nice (and heavy!).

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    3
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    5

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    Bearcats1 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This is always a wonderful event! The Fitness Expo is relatively large but navigable within an hour or so. The race swag is unbeatable with amazing bags and medals. The … MORE

    This is always a wonderful event! The Fitness Expo is relatively large but navigable within an hour or so. The race swag is unbeatable with amazing bags and medals. The course is great with a mix of hills and great scenery and course perks. I have had a tough training year (non-existent training) to date due to ending up raising my infant granddaughter. I looked forward to this race and it made me tear up and be part of such a positive race.

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    I’m a momma of 4 kids and finally made a goal to get healthy again after my last child finished breastfeeding. Joined Burn Boot camp for cross training, Cincinnati Eastside … MORE

    I’m a momma of 4 kids and finally made a goal to get healthy again after my last child finished breastfeeding. Joined Burn Boot camp for cross training, Cincinnati Eastside Running Group, and set this half as a goal I have dreamed about since completing the 4 miler in 2019. Needless to say I did it! The empowerment of finishing is unparalleled. The quotes by women on the finish line made me cry during the final mile. That feeling of finding my mental and physical strength again as a woman- not only a wife and mother can’t be matched. Surrounded by other women doing the same in one way or another. It was magical. Thank you for that beautiful gift Queen Bee. I’ll be a lifer from here on out and will be looking forward to that Cincy skyline every year!

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    keliente17 FIRST-TIMER '22

    They run this race like pros. It has the big production feel to it and do a great job advertising in the community leading up to it. It was so … MORE

    They run this race like pros. It has the big production feel to it and do a great job advertising in the community leading up to it. It was so nice running by neighborhood streets and having people out to cheer. Course was good but quiet on the back half.

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    I traveled from Florida to run this race - maybe because I like the idea of being a queen? It did not disappoint! Hilly, challenging course through many neighborhoods. The … MORE

    I traveled from Florida to run this race – maybe because I like the idea of being a queen? It did not disappoint! Hilly, challenging course through many neighborhoods. The cheer squads were amazing! I’ve never eaten so many aid station items! Swedish fish, even! The swag rocked and the after-party was the best I’ve seen. Live music, free chili dogs and beer, lots of friendly runners! I will be back !

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    bridgetelle FIRST-TIMER '22

    Production: top notch. The expo was great, with a sign-making station, Instragrammable Queen Bee sign, and a photo station, as well as extensive branded merchandise and glassware. The pre-race information … MORE

    Production: top notch. The expo was great, with a sign-making station, Instragrammable Queen Bee sign, and a photo station, as well as extensive branded merchandise and glassware. The pre-race information was quite thorough, including road closures, parking at the start and finish line, and bag drops.

    The course had nine aid stations, with Gatorade and water at each, Gatorade first in green cups, water second in blue cups. It made for very quick hydration stops.

    In addition to the aid stations, there were about a dozen different cheer stations. I loved the on-course chocolate, Fig Newtons, and petroleum jelly (so helpful around Mile 8).

    The pacers were fantastic! The two-hour pace team lead me to my first sub-2 half marathon, and there were a lot of cheers and hugs and photos at the finish line.

    Course: beautiful and not very hard. The first half is hilly, but the hills aren’t bad – nothing to kill the quads on the way down or destroy a runner on the way up. Shortly after the halfway mark, there’s a long, easy downhill, followed by a much flatter (less hilly?) trip to the finish. I loved seeing the sun rise over the parks – really gorgeous.

    Swag: great! We received a long-sleeve technical tee, running headband, chocolate, and a duffel bag at the Expo. At the finish line, we received a sunflower, crown, and so much food (including pancakes and coffee!). The post-race party is a lot of fun and my family thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

    Definitely will be a repeat race.

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    5
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    5

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    mfrew4 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This is my second year of participation, with three generations of girls in our family walking the route, including my granddaughter in her stroller and our new Dalmatian puppy both … MORE

    This is my second year of participation, with three generations of girls in our family walking the route, including my granddaughter in her stroller and our new Dalmatian puppy both in bee costumes.

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    CincySarah11 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Absolutely love this race and all of the support, energy, and attention to details! From the braid bar at the expo-to the sunflowers/crowns/and SWAG at the finish-this race is one … MORE

    Absolutely love this race and all of the support, energy, and attention to details! From the braid bar at the expo-to the sunflowers/crowns/and SWAG at the finish-this race is one for the books! Mid October timing, perfect fall temps, & foliage make for a scenic run through the heart of Cinci. So many PR’s and extra emphasis on female talent!! 10/10 recommend 🙂

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    cbenner FIRST-TIMER '22

    Great race. We organized and supported. Awesome swag. The hills are a challenge, but I'll definitely be running this one again. We stayed downtown and could walk to packet pick … MORE

    Great race. We organized and supported. Awesome swag. The hills are a challenge, but I’ll definitely be running this one again. We stayed downtown and could walk to packet pick up, food options and the race.

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    Latscham FIRST-TIMER '22

    New to running but very enjoyable race would highway recommend it to anyone liking to do a half marathon. The course will take you some beautiful parts of Cincinnati. MORE

    New to running but very enjoyable race would highway recommend it to anyone liking to do a half marathon. The course will take you some beautiful parts of Cincinnati.

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    kateomall FIRST-TIMER '22

    The Queen Bee was a great first half marathon for me. The expo the day before was organized and so fun. Race morning was a bit chilly, but it warmed … MORE

    The Queen Bee was a great first half marathon for me. The expo the day before was organized and so fun. Race morning was a bit chilly, but it warmed up. There were great aid stations and a nice post-race party. It was a fun experience!

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    Best REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This half marathon is challenging, but well worth the work. The elevation gain is 639 feet and the elevation loss is 731 feet. There are hydration and nutrition stations along … MORE

    This half marathon is challenging, but well worth the work. The elevation gain is 639 feet and the elevation loss is 731 feet. There are hydration and nutrition stations along the route. I have run all 9 races and have enjoyed them all. Great swag and atmosphere!

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    sh124109 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Just like the Flying Pig, this race is always so well-supported, in both a technical sense (plenty of bathrooms, water stops, bike guides, medical, and snacks) AND in the sense … MORE

    Just like the Flying Pig, this race is always so well-supported, in both a technical sense (plenty of bathrooms, water stops, bike guides, medical, and snacks) AND in the sense that the city will come out to cheer you on! The course is a fairly challenging one, beginning with about 2.5 miles of uphill running, but once you make it to Eden park the remainder of the race is mild, rolling hills.

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    scottreighard FIRST-TIMER '22

    Best part of the race was the victory party afterward! Sawyer Point was an awesome place to host!! Having sponsors like FirstWatch and Michelob Ultra were huge to have! MORE

    Best part of the race was the victory party afterward! Sawyer Point was an awesome place to host!! Having sponsors like FirstWatch and Michelob Ultra were huge to have!

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    Carla_Marie FIRST-TIMER '22

    The Queen Bee 4 Miler was the first race I ever ran. And the Queen Bee Half Marathon was my first half marathon! This race is my favorite. The course … MORE

    The Queen Bee 4 Miler was the first race I ever ran. And the Queen Bee Half Marathon was my first half marathon! This race is my favorite. The course is lovely. Not too many hills and very pretty. The volunteers and aid stations are too notch. The race swag is the best. A bag, a shirt, a sweaty band! The after party is fabulous with coneys and pancakes and a seltzer. And the medal is always so pretty. There is nothing about this race I don’t love!! I hope to run it for many years to come!!

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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Organizers go out of their way to make you feel special from beginning to end. I am a member of the Queen Court and also this year they had the … MORE

    Organizers go out of their way to make you feel special from beginning to end. I am a member of the Queen Court and also this year they had the Snout to Stinger. That meant I did the 1/2 in the Flying Pig and also the Queen Bee. I had special bibs for each so everybody knew I was special. They had stations at every mile and people cheering us on at each mile. At the end they had what anyone would want for quick snack including Chocolate that had been missing the last couple years. {thanks Kroger for CHOCOLATE}.

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    hollyhollyann REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This race is always so much fun!! I have done it every year since it began. Several years ago when I began running in my mid-30's, it was my first … MORE

    This race is always so much fun!! I have done it every year since it began. Several years ago when I began running in my mid-30’s, it was my first half marathon ever . I love that the ginormous hill is at the beginning, and I love that the course itself is not an overly-difficult one. It’s definitely geared towards women, and I love that the number of participants allowed is fairly small.

    The men are supposed to start at the back, although it’s not hugely enforced. As far as the course itself goes, they are doing a better job at stationing spectators, but there are lots of places along the course, especially in the last few miles where bands and cheers would be appreciated.

    There are porta-potties in several locations and plenty of water stations (every single mile). It’s an excellently run race, and I am always encouraging people to run it with me year after year.

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    craftjean REPEAT RUNNER '22

    I walked the 4 mile with my sister. We use to run together then both of us are unable to run but can walk together. This race makes us feel … MORE

    I walked the 4 mile with my sister. We use to run together then both of us are unable to run but can walk together. This race makes us feel we are still involved in the running community.

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    Megcass11 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This race is always a favorite! The expo is so fun and full of great swag. The course is fairly flat once you get past the one major hill. However, … MORE

    This race is always a favorite! The expo is so fun and full of great swag. The course is fairly flat once you get past the one major hill. However, the top of the hill is the best scenery of the entire race. Support stations are great, but would love to find a way to get more people out on Eastern and Riverside as that is when we all seem to need a good push and it’s fairly empty. Otherwise, it’s amazing and can’t wait to run it next year!

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    jean.h.schmidt REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Well organized. Water and port pots along the course . This is a race designed for women. Until recently we received a woman’s shirt. We got a unisex shirt-a man’s … MORE

    Well organized. Water and port pots along the course . This is a race designed for women. Until recently we received a woman’s shirt. We got a unisex shirt-a man’s cut and it is poorly made and does not fit. Women deserve shirts designed for us. I hope next year we get a shirt we can wear.

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