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.
It is with sadness and a heavy heart that the Board of Directors and staff of Pig Works have decided to cancel our remaining in-person 2020 events, including the Flying Pig Marathon and Queen Bee Half Marathon weekends and the Hudepohl 14K/7K Brewery Run.https://t.co/ap5MysoFJQ pic.twitter.com/p088phZPKO— Flying Pig Marathon (@RunFlyingPig) June 26, 2020
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.