Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Flying Pig lacks sponsor, gains events

By Gary Estwick
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Prize money is looking lean at the 4th Annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, but race organizers expect a healthy number of participants May 5 — about 10,000 — with the addition of several new races aimed at first-time runners.

        At a press conference Tuesday, Flying Pig executive director Jim Bush said the race is looking for a sponsor to pick up the $4,000 reward for the winners of the open men's and women's marathon divisions.

        “It's a lean year,” Bush said.

        Bush said he hopes to have a race sponsor by February. It will not affect the $5,000 award for breaking the 26.2-mile course record.

        The new races, which will be held at the same time as the marathon and on the same course, include a two-person marathon relay; a relay race among 10 YMCAs in Ohio and Kentucky; a race among 10 cities in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, and a corporate challenge.

        The 5-mile run added last year also will return.

        About 6,500 runners are expected for the marathon.

        For more information, call 721-7447 (PIGS) or visit


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