Why do you participate in the Flying Pig?

Posted at 2:02 PM, Apr 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-11 14:02:41-04

CINCINNATI — When I asked runners and walkers last week to share why they are participating in this year’s Flying Pig, I knew that there would be many inspiring reasons. 

I was moved to tears by people motivated to run in honor of a lost loved one or a family member battling illness. I laughed at the humor some runners found in the pain of training and appreciated the love of couples who met their soulmates on the road. And a lot of folks simply revel in the Cincinnati pride the Flying Pig promotes -- a feeling to which I can relate.  

There is still time to share your story. WCPO wants to know: What motivates you to run or walk the Pig? Please fill out the form below.

We're also looking for people to participate in a related audio project. If you're interested, please call 513-852-4122 and leave a voicemail message about why you run or walk the Pig. (Please keep it under 60 seconds.) After a brief pause, please tell us:

  • Your name
  • Your neighborhood
  • The number of Flying Pigs you've completed (specify full or half)
  • What drives you to run or walk the Pig?
  • Your telephone number (we won't publish your number; we'll use it only to contact to follow up for the story.)

Example: My name is Brian Mains, from Covington. I'm running my sixth Flying Pig marathon this year. I ran my first Pig in 2011 before I turned 35 because I wanted to lose weight and prove to myself that I could. I continue to run the Pig because the months of training remind me how small steps and dedication can lead to bigger things. I have also met some of the best people and friends to run with along the way. My number is 513-000-0000.