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Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

Cincinnati, OH

  5 Stars from 10 Reviews

Distance from Search Location: 211 miles

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

2018: N/A
2017: 8.1%
2016: 4.1%

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 20th largest in 2016.

Last 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 255th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 407th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 97.86 ranks it as the 323rd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 15th 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 288th 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)


Recent Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 10 Reviews
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review of 2017 Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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


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


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


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


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.

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