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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, May 6, 2018
2017: Sunday, May 7, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Hilly
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 58°F (14°C)
Average High: 70°F (21°C)
Average Low: 46° F (7°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.71
Course Score: 97.86

Race Size

2017: 3,407 Finishers
2016: 3,861 Finishers
2015: 3,820 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 8.1%
2016: 4.1%
2015: 6.6%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

**Slight course changes for 2017 due to construction**

The hilly Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon course starts near the banks of the Ohio River, crosses the river twice, loops northeast, before returning to the Ohio River.

The majority of the hills in the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon are in the first nine miles of the course. The first two crossing the bridges coming into Kentucky and leaving Kentucky.

After several flat miles, runners climb approximately 300 feet climb between miles six through nine. The course then becomes rolling until mile 19.



Marathon Rankings

The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon was the 20th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 21st largest in 2015.

This year 8.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 4.1% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon the 415th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 103rd highest percentage so far in 2017.


Its Course Score of 97.86 ranks it as the 317th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 14th fastest course in Ohio.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon a PR Score of 97.71. This PR Score ranks it as the 287th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 12th fastest in Ohio.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 822 feet (250m)
Min Elevation: 482 feet (146m)

Cincinnati




Ratings & Reviews for the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

5 Stars from 10 Reviews



review of 2017 Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

This was my 9th marathon, previous ones: Chicago (3x), Boston, IL Marathon, St. Louis, Houston & Buffalo. This was by far the funnest one of them all. For a mid-sized marathon the course support is pretty amazing & the pig theme is kept through everywhere.

The course is challenging through about 9 with a few good hills. After that it's mostly rolling but more down than up. You reach the highest point on mile 8 with an awesome view of the city. There are a couple miles where are you REALLY running down & it's a great opportunity to get going after the hills.

The race has way more aid stations than other races mainly because it's sponsored by Proctor & Gamble. Course is descently tough, crowd & race support awesome, would do it again in a heart-beat!

Race Tips

I ended up running a PR despite it being the hilliest marathon I've done. I kept it relaxed & controlled until I got through the hills after about 9. On miles 10 & 11 it's nothing but downhill followed by a little up on 12 & a HUGE downhill on 13 (-144ft). I dropped my pace on mile 10 & was strong all the way through 21. Once you hit 19 or so you get onto the interstate & crowd support wavers until about 24.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




review of 2017 Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

I loved everything about this race except for the emoji theme. Excellent organization and support. Loved the pacers. Beautiful scenic course.

Race Tips

Definitely find a pacer and stick with them! I wasn't ready for the hills in Cincinnati but our experienced pacers kept us from going too hard on the hills, and led me to achieve a personal record several minutes below my goal time.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Book your hotel early, or try an Airbnb! We saved a lot of money by renting an apartment through Airbnb, plus had a lot more space and amenities than a hotel offers.



review of 2016 Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Super fun course FULL spectators, bridges, great views, pig costumes and Elvis is even there. What's not to love?

Race Tips


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Lots of great deals on hotels downtown (cheaper than the race hotels if you check sites). Easy walking. Get some graeter's ice cream!



review of 2015 Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great marathon. Amazing support from fans and volunteers. Expo was great and the people of Cincinnati really support this race. Terrific course with some amazing views of the City. Loved going into Kentucky in first few miles.

Race Tips


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




review of 2014 Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

LOVE this race. It is a fun, upbeat, challenging, but supportive, scenic race! Cincinnati is very supportive of this race and the spectators are awesome!

Race Tips

There are some hills, so make sure to train accordingly!

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Hotels book fast- so snag one early.



review of 2014 Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Challenging yet manageable route. Extremely well coordinated The BEST crowd support for any run I've done. Love the Squealers!!

Race Tips

Train for hills!

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




review of 2014 Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Super well organized. Great shirts and Premiums. Best cheering crowd anywhere !

Race Tips

Be ready for some hills, especially the first 8 miles. Pace yourself slower in the beginning because of the hills. You can make up the time in the second half.

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review of 2014 Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review


Race Tips


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review of 2014 Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

2014 Finisher (Marathon #11)
Course: Challenging hilly course
Expo: Excellent
Spectators: Good / Excellent (20-25, not much easy spectator access)
Organization: Excellent (from greeters at the airport to volunteers at the finish, incredible job). Use of Paul Brown restrooms prior to start was nice too.
Weather: Excellent (50F at the beginning, never got above 65)
Extras: Poster, shirt, medal

Race Tips

Hills.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Downtown race offers plenty of parking options prior to race, and plenty of eating options afterward.



review of 2012 Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great course; organizers and support are excellent. 2012 saw one of the warmest starts to the race, and organizers were prepared. They were able to ADD aid stations to assist runners, especially for the full distance.

Race Tips

Gilbert Hill, the largest climb, is early in the race - and everyone, half and full marathoners, climb it. The rest of the course is easier after that hill - and the views of the Ohio River will be waiting for you.

There is a point where they ask spectators to separate from participants, so your family/friends won't necessarily be standing right outside your starting corral.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Most of the hotels in downtown Cincinnati are in older buildings. We stayed at one of the race partner hotels, and had a pleasant stay. Yes, it was an older hotel, but it met all our needs (close to expo, and start/finish area; hey, we're runners - we don't mind walking!). If you are looking to stay at a more modern hotel, be prepared to drive and navigate downtown. Various distances, as well as kids' races, take place during the entire weekend.



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