Pregnant wife outruns husband, wins bet in 109th annual Thanksgiving Day Race

Posted at 3:07 PM, Nov 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-22 19:12:53-05

CINCINNATI – Patrick Ryan can just forget about that recliner he wanted for their new living room in Union, Kentucky.

Patrick said he got a new appreciation for what pregnant women go through while he was running the 109th annual Thanksgiving Day 10K Thursday morning.

That’s because Patrick was wearing a pregnancy suit in order to even the competition with his pregnant wife, Erica Ryan.

Not only did Erica beat Patrick to the finish line, she won their bet.  

RELATED: See Photo Gallery from the race.

It seems the Ryans have been disagreeing on how to decorate the new living room. Patrick wants a recliner and Erica doesn’t. So they made a bet:

The winner gets to pick the furniture.

After the race, Patrick said it wasn’t close. Erica beat him by 26 minutes.

"I had the hour and 15 minutes it took me to run this thing to let it soak in, because when we took off, she got out ahead of me and I was like, ‘There is no way I'm going to catch her,’” Patrick said.

“It is what it is."  

WATCH Keenan Singleton's report on the race winners:


JJ Webber won the men's division for the third straight year and Tina Muir won the women's division for the second time in four years.

More than 10,000 runners and walkers competed in the event in downtown Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Here are the top finishers:


1. JJ Webber, Maineville, 30:14

2. Jack Butler, Loveland, 31:44

3. Max Hoffman, Wyoming, 32:05


1.  Tina Muir, Cincinnati, 37:23

2.  Amy Manning, Cincinnati, 38:11

3.  Christine Frederick, West Chester, 38:19

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