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Flying Pig Marathon canceled due to COVID-19

Posted at 12:14 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 22:26:05-04

CINCINNATI — The beloved Flying Pig Marathon is canceled this year. The Queen Bee Half Marathon and the Hudepohl 14K/7K Brewery Run are also canceled.

The Flying Pig, which draws over 50,000 participants and volunteers each year, had been originally scheduled for May 1-3. In March, organizers pushed the marathon back to Oct. 9-11 in the interest of public health.

Iris Simpson Bush, CEO of Pig Works, said organizers held onto hope for a long time that the race could still happen.

“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,” Bush said.

All Pig Works events are on schedule for 2021, including:

  • Flying Pig Marathon, powered by P&G: April 30 - May 2
  • FCC3: Summer 2021
  • Queen Bee Half Marathon, empowered by P&G and Kroger: October 8-9

TQL Beer Series:

  • Bockfest 5K - March 6
  • Fifty West Mile - April 30
  • Hudepohl 14K/7K Brewery Run - September 18

Registrants of each of the events will receive an email by July 10 detailing their options. People will have the option to participate in a virtual experience, defer to a future year or donate the registration fee.