Flying Pig 2013: What runners, spectators and volunteers need to know

Last-minute tips for those heading to the race

CINCINNATI - As the Flying Pig approaches, runners, spectators and volunteers are gearing up to attend one of the Tri-State's biggest events.

While the event has taken months of planning, many people may still be with last-minute questions about what they should bring, what they need to wear or how they can contribute to the race's efforts. 9 On Your Side is here to help by providing some advise and expectations for those who are attending or participating.

Runners:

  • If you plan on packing clothing or other items for after the race, pack light.
  • If you are using the Flying Pig's check in service for the half or full marathon, use the clear bags they provide. Don't stash items along the course, security crews will sweep the course and dispose of any items left alone on the course.
  • Remember, if you are doing the Little King Mile, 5K, or 10K there is no baggage check in service from the Pig.
  • Arrive for your race early. Parking will be at a premium. Give yourself time to get to the start.
  • As far as the start, there will be added security for race participants. The same is true for the immediate finish area. So, no family members with you waiting at the starting line. There will be an area at Sawyer Point where you can meet and celebrate with family at the end.
  • Of course, make sure you have your bib.
  • And of course, if you see something suspicious on the course, tell someone immediately.

Spectators should keep in mind:

  • Be prepared for the weather. It may be cool in the morning, but warm up later. Get the latest weather information at wcpo.com/forecast .
  • Do not crowd the runners by standing in the street, especially in the earlier miles.
  • If you see a runner who appears to need medical attention, try to remember the participant's race number and let the nearest course monitor or police officer know.Spectators can NOT use the gear check, so pack light. Race organizers are asking that spectators bring very little on race day.
  • Spectators should not stash items behind a bench, under a bush or under a car. They will be disposed of during security sweeps.
  • There will be some traffic delays in the area. Get a full list of the traffic delays and closures at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/traffic/traffic_news/Delays-closures-and-traffic-troubles-during-Flying-Pig-Marathon-weekend .

To be a good spectator:

  • Make noise to encourage runners by cheering, clapping or playing music.
  • Stay positive in your cheers.
  • Try to cheer on a challenging part of the course like on a hill. These are the places that runners will need the most encouragement.
  • Make runners smile. Making distinctive signs or performing a talent can put the runners at ease for a few moments.

What volunteers should be aware of:

  • As with other Flying Pig attendees, volunteers should travel light and only bring what they need.
  • Race organizers are asking volunteers to be aware of surroundings and notify a police officer if they see something suspicious. "We tell volunteers they don't have to do police officer's job, they just have to alert someone," said Flying Pig Volunteer Coordinator Mary Enzweiler.
  • Don't leave belongings unattended, even if you're working at a fixed location.

For all of 9 On Your Side's Flying Pig coverage, be sure to check out our Flying Pig coverage at http://www.wcpo.com/generic/sports/Flying-Pig-Marathon-Course-Maps .

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