Race Report: Flying Pig Marathon’s 15th Anniversary – Skyline Chili 4-Way Challenge 35.5 PIGLICIOUS Miles

My quest for 50 Marathons in 50 States by the time I turn 50 brought me to the Buckeye State and Cincinnati’s Flying Pig Marathon.  Here I would earn my 12th full marathon medal and my 7th State medal.

Why Flying Pig?  There were only two reasons:  the super cool double-sided pig medal and my running buddy, Alison, was running with her family as well!

At the Marine Corps Marathon Expo last September we learned that the Flying Pig offered not only theFull and Half Marathons, but also a 5K and 10K. Plus NEW for the 15thanniversary, Skyline Chili sponsored the first annual 3-Way and 4-Way Challenge.  “The events’ namesakes are the Skyline 3-Way, a signature dish crafted from chili, spaghetti, and cheese; and the Skyline 4-Way, crafted from chili, spaghetti, cheese and onions.  To complete the 3-Way Challenge, a single runner must complete Saturday’s 5k and 10k events, as well as Sunday’s Half Marathon. To complete the 4-Way Challenge, a single runner must complete Saturday’s 5k and 10k events, as well as Sunday’s Full Marathon.”
As a 4-time Goofy Challenge finisher, I was definitely up for the challenge of ONLY 35.5 miles!  This race would prove to be great training for the runDisney Dumbo Double Dare Challenge in August where I will run the Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K with my family and continue on to run the Disneyland 10K immediately following.  I will also run the Disneyland Half Marathon the following day.

The difference between the Flying Pig 3-way/4-way and the Disneyland races was that the 10K was scheduled first at 8am and the 5K at 10am so we got a little rest and recovery between the races. The events were well organized.  There were plenty of port-a-potties and well-staffed water stations.  Security was heightened due to the events at Boston and Bag Drop was not available for Saturday’s 5k and 10k races.  SWAT and bomb sniffing dogs were visible at race start & finish as well as the bridges.

For a recap of the 10K and 5K take a look at the video above.  I would highly recommend the Flying Pig Marathon and 4-way to others.  The city supports the event.  It is well organized and staffed well.  The volunteers are awesome.  Plus it was super fun to trade in my mouse ears for pig ears for a little change!!!


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