The 22nd-annual Flying Pig Marathon, originally slated to take place May 1-3, was rescheduled for Oct. 9-11, 2020.
At that time, they released a statement saying, in part:
"With the COVID-19 pandemic and a participant field that represents all 50 states and nearly 30 foreign countries, our ability to produce a safe event for our Flying Pig family, Greater Cincinnati community and society has been compromised. We have taken the time allowed to monitor and research, discuss with medical, industry and municipal leaders and taken into consideration the input from the running community and our participants. We feel it’s our social and moral responsibility to contribute to the COVID-19 solution and will adhere to the CDC’s updated guidance for canceling mass events for the next eight weeks."
Now, the Flying Pig has announced the 2020 marathon is canceled completely.
It is with sadness and a heavy heart that the Board of Directors and staff of Pig Works have decided to cancel our remaining in-person 2020 events, including the Flying Pig Marathon and Queen Bee Half Marathon weekends and the Hudepohl 14K/7K Brewery Run.https://t.co/ap5MysoFJQ pic.twitter.com/p088phZPKO— Flying Pig Marathon (@RunFlyingPig) June 26, 2020
“We have evaluated the COVID-19 health and safety protocols for running events, surveyed participants, and discussed options with our medical staff, government leaders and other respected events in our industry,” said Iris Simpson Bush, CEO of Pig Works. “We came to the conclusion that, even with the implementation of best practices, altered starts, support stations and finish venues, we could not offer the safe and fun experience that our athletes, volunteers, sponsors and spectators so deserve.
“We are as disappointed as our participants to have to make this decision. We were holding onto hope and optimism for as long as possible, but in fairness to those training for the fall events, we feel this is the safe and responsible decision.”
The cancellation includes the Queen Bee Half Marathon and Hudepohl 14K/7K Brewery Run.
Events are expected to resume in 2021, with the Flying Pig Marathon weekend slated for April 30 to May 2, the Queen Bee Half Marathon Oct. 8-9 and the Hudepohl 14K/7K for Sept.18.
If you registered for this fall's events, you'll receive an email by July 10 with details about virtual experiences, deferring your registration until next year or donating it to the Pig.
The race, which generally sees 21,000 marathon participants and raises funds for 300 area organizations, is a Boston-qualifier. And it's not just about race. Flying Pig weekend includes a series of events — a health expo, fun runs and pasta pig-outs — which culminate with the 26.2-mile marathon that takes participants from the starting line at Elm Street and Freedom Way through Cincinnati, Covington, Newport, Mariemont, Fairfax and Columbia Township.
Get more details at flyingpigmarathon.com.