The Flying Pig: Race wrap-up

Note: This post is the last in a series written for The Flying Pig Marathon. You’ll find my introductory blog about the race here, my thoughts on hill training and pig hats here, why I include coffee and ankle warmers in my training here, tips re: how to “Dress for Success” here, a look at the ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ shirts here, a Twitter interview with a solar-powered flying pig here, a heartfelt thank you to volunteers here, and some final pre-race thoughts here.

 

Greetings Flying Pig friends!

WKRPlogorev3Dec14The minor aches and pains have subsided, but certainly not my smile. The Flying Pig Marathon is by far the most fun I’ve had running 26.2 miles.

From the moment our group arrived in Cincinnati, I could tell this was going to be a special weekend. We were greeted by none other than Bob Platt, the first registrant for the first ever Flying Pig Marathon, honoured last year for running his 150th marathon at the Flying Pig.

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Showing off the pig beads generously given to us by Flying Pig royalty Bob Platt.

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Most of the WKRP crew was on hand for a group shot in the lobby of our hotel.

Bob made quite the fashion statement as he welcomed us to Cincinnati and presented us with pig necklaces.

We also met up with Lisa McDaniel Brown from Dress for Success Cincinnati to deliver the donated business clothes we’d brought with us to help disadvantaged women succeed in the workplace. I can’t say enough about the great work this organization does.

From the expo to the finish line and every mile in between, I can honestly say I’ve never been more impressed with the kindness and friendliness of everyone I encountered.

When all was said and done, I didn’t get to ring the PR Bell, but that’s just fine with me. I was having too much fun taking selfies and enjoying the great entertainment and snacks along the route to push myself to the limit. I didn’t want to miss anything!

I’m happy to report that several WKRP members did achieve a personal record, and they kept that bell ringing for some time!

Meeting up with some fellow WKRP members post-marathon.

Meeting up with some fellow WKRP members post-marathon.

If I had to pick the one thing that impressed me the most about The Flying Pig, I’d have to say it was the finish line.

Often when folks my pace cross the finish line of a marathon, tear-down is well underway and the area is almost deserted save for a few remaining volunteers.

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was to find hundreds and hundreds of people still lining those final yards to the finish line, waving posters and calling out words of encouragement. I felt like a rock star!

Thanks to everyone – participants, volunteers, spectators, expo employees, Bob Platt, Lisa McDaniel Brown, etc. – for making The Flying Pig such an unforgettable experience.

Couldn't resist popping by the Girls on the Run booth at the Flying Pig Expo to say hi. I'm in my second year as a volunteer coach for this amazing organization.

Couldn’t resist popping by the Girls on the Run booth at the Flying Pig Expo to say hi. I’m in my second year as a volunteer coach for this amazing organization.

Special thanks to Sandra Karl for organizing my group’s participation in the race, and to Jackie Reau of Game Day Communications for letting me share with you the adventures of WKRP in Cincinnati.

Discussions are already underway to come back to Cincinnati for the 20th anniversary of the Flying Pig in 2018. Hope to see you then!

~Penny~

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