The 21st Annual Flying Pig Marathon Takes Over Downtown This Weekend

The marathon takes place Sunday but there is a full weekend of activities before the race

click to enlarge The Flying Pig - Photo: Provided
Photo: Provided
The Flying Pig

In the 1800s, Cincinnati had an interesting nickname: Porkopolis. In fact, it was rumored that pigs would run the streets due to the booming meat-packing industry. Fast forward to the 1980s: the riverfront was being developed and just to remember the history of the city, a flying pig sculpture was made.

This symbol has been an inspiration for The Flying Pig, a world-class marathon and Boston-qualifier, now in its 21st year. A weekend’s worth of events — including a health expo, fun runs and pasta pig-outs — culminates with Sunday’s 26.2-mile race that takes participants from the starting line at Elm Street and Freedom Way through Cincinnati, Covington, Newport, Mariemont, Fairfax and Columbia Township.

The marathon itself starts at 6:30 a.m., and if you aren’t running, the Moerlein Lager House is opening its doors at 6 a.m. for a viewing party. The Michelob Ultra Victory Party kicks off at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. near the finish line along the riverfront with live music, awards ceremonies, food and more. The Flying Pig Marathon is a fundraiser for more than 300 charities.

6:30 a.m. marathon start Sunday. $125 full marathon registration (closes May 2). For full weekend details, visit

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