The Flying Pig Marathon: WKRP in Cincinnati

*This post is the first in a series written for the 2015 Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati. To find later posts, enter Flying Pig into the search box. 

Penny_WalfordGreetings Flying Pig friends both current and future!

I’m excited to be heading to Cincinnati in May to run the 2015 Flying Pig Marathon. Joining me are a busload of 22 other ladies from Ontario, Canada, along with one VERY brave husband.

Each spring, my running friends and I enjoy a girls’ weekend away to try a new race. (Clearly no one mentioned the phrase “girls’  weekend ” to the aforementioned husband before he signed on, poor guy.)

Two years ago, we ventured to Cleveland. Last year, we stayed in Canada for the 40th anniversary of the Ottawa Marathon. We’re happy to be heading back to Ohio for our 2015 trip, and I’m thrilled to be blogging on the group’s behalf.

We’ve officially nicknamed ourselves ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’. Check out our logo:

WKRP in Cincinnati

WKRP in Cincinnati

I’ve never been to Cincinnati, so I’m looking forward to literally hitting the ground running and taking in the sights along my 26.2 mile journey.

I know about the hills, by the way, and they don’t faze me in the least.  I’m looking forward to them in fact, since it’s pretty hilly along my local training routes too.

Judging from our past racing experiences, I anticipate having some pretty funny stories and selfies to share as the training weeks go by.

‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ recently converted a local running store into a pig pen for the evening so we could go over a few trip details, share our excitement and show off the finest in pig attire and paraphernalia.

I can’t wait to show you the pig hat a running pal knitted. A training run awaits, however, so it will have to wait until next time.


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15 Responses to The Flying Pig Marathon: WKRP in Cincinnati

  1. Shannon says:

    I’m looking forward to reading your posts! I’m from Cincinnati and have never even come close to running the marathon, BUT I did the Flying Pig 5K for the first time last year and hope to do the 10K this year. (I am the furthest thing from a jock you can get.) While you’re in town, I have to recommend Museum Center at Union Terminal. ( It’s my favorite building the city. It was once THE big train station in the area and many WWII soldiers left for training from here. A couple decades ago it was transformed to house three museums (Cincinnati History, Children’s Museum, and Museum of National History), plus an Omimax theater and rotating exhibits. While it is not free, it’s at least worth paying for parking just to walk inside the rotunda and look at the mosaics which line the upper walls and check out the little train station details that still remain. Best of luck in your training!

    • Penny Walford says:

      Thanks for the sightseeing idea, Shannon. I’ll be sure to let the group know. The majority of us have never been to Cincinnati before. So looking forward to it!

  2. Mike Buschmeier says:

    this will be my 1st 1/2 marathon. I have
    ‘Grunted’ (volunteered) for 8-9 years for the ‘PIG’
    and decided I’d give it a try for once. Looking
    forward to participate in this years ‘PIG.’ I will be
    walking the race but, still the excitement runs in
    my veins. Take care and hopefully see you in May.

    • Penny says:

      Mike, one of my main goals at any race is to thank as many volunteers as I can. Your efforts are so integral to the overall success of an event. Glad you’ll get to experience the race from a different angle by participating in it this year. Good luck!

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  4. Kimberly says:

    Welcome (in advance) to Cincinnati! If you like hills, then you’ll love it here. 🙂

    I’ve done the Pig 10k and the half, so this year will be my second time doing the half. You’ll love the energy here. The whole weekend is basically a big party, with a few runs sprinkled here and there, of course.

    Safe travels!

    • admin says:

      Thanks Kimberley! I’ve never been to Cincinnati before and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve heard nothing but positive comments about the whole race weekend, how much fun it is, and how awesome the volunteers and spectators are. As for the hills, I have no choice but to run them where I live, so I’m not worried about them in the least!

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  9. Bob platt says:

    Hi love your stories and energy you and your group are bringing to the pig. I’d love to meet you and your group for a pic. I’ll be at the pig expo all day Friday as an info pig probably the only one with wings and other pig gear. Or you can ask for marathon Bob at volunteer booth they can find me. The pig goes out of they way to make everyone feels at home. I’ll be doing the marathon for tenth time this year along with 10k, 5k, mile and volunteering two days. How ever never tired of welcoming those from out of town to a great city and race . Last year the pig made me feel like royalty for my 150th marathon and as the official first entrant in the very first pig.

    Love to meet you and your group

    • admin says:

      Thanks Bob, We would love to have an official welcome at the expo, especially from pig royalty such as yourself. We feel honoured! We’ll ask for you at the volunteer booth. Note: we’re arriving in Cincinnati mid to late afternoon and heading right to expo. 150 marathons… all I can say is wow.

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