Flying Pig Marathon Celebrates 25th Anniversary


Story and photos contributed from Game Day Communications

CINCINNATI (May 7, 2023) The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon presented by P&G and Prysmian Group marked its 25th anniversary this weekend with Jason Salyer of Tipp City, Ohio, winning the men’s division of the full marathon and Caitlin Keen of Fort Worth, Texas, claiming a third Flying Pig Marathon win.

The 32-year-old Salyer, who took first place in the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon on April 23, won the Flying Pig in a time of 2:27:10. Second was Will Cadwell, 25, of Covington in 2:27:28, and third was 2017 and 2019 Flying Pig Marathon winner Jack Randall, 28, of Cincinnati, in 2:28:13. Cadwell also came in second in the full marathon last year.

“It’s unheard of to come back (after Glass City) and try another competitive marathon, let alone win it,” Salyer told reporters. “Will Cadwell gave me a real run for my money. I respect that guy. He had a big gap on me, and I didn’t catch him until around mile 19.”

Keen, 30, who led the female division from the start, took the women’s crown in a time of 2:45:34. Second among females was Katie Hallahan, 29, of Cincinnati in 2:59:08 and third was Lauren Mullins, 29, of Chattanooga, Tennessee in 3:00:00.

Keen becomes the first female Flying Pig champion to win the full marathon three times. She won the 2021 Flying Pig Marathon in a time of 2:43:44 and the 2018 Marathon in 2:46:39. She also won the Paycor Half Marathon in 2022 in 1:21:08.

“I may be the first to win it three times, but I will not be the last,” said Keen. “I want little girls to see this and know they can do anything they want.”

In the Paycor Half Marathon, Seth Elking of Miamisburg, Ohio, won in a time of 1:10:56, second was Eric Gruenbacher of Loveland, Ohio, in 1:11:09, and third was Chris Porst of Chicago, in 1:11:18.

In the women’s division of the Paycor Half Marathon, Aimee Piercy of Cincinnati won in 1:24:43. Second was Julia Manzano of Cincinnati in 1:25:00, and Amy Manning of Cincinnati in 1:26:56.

The 25th anniversary of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon weekend presented by P&G and Prysmian Group kicked off with local runners winning top honors at Friday night’s Fifty West Mile one mile elite division.

Jackson Siddall, 23, of Lebanon, Ohio, won the “dash for cash” in a time of 4:16:9. In a virtual tie at the finish was Andrew Taylor, 23, of Hilliard, Ohio, in second, and 26-year-old Michael Hall of Cincinnati, both in a time of 4:17:4.

In the women’s elite division of the mile, Katarina Smiljanec 29, of Covington, Kentucky, won in 4:58:9. In second was Brooke Wildermuth, 30, of Cincinnati in 5:00.9 and third was Kaylin Russeau, 32, of Dundee, Michigan, in 5:01.6.

In Saturday’s opening event, the sold-out Toyota 10K, Kyle Klingler, 29, of Cincinnati, won in a time of 33:16. Second was 31-year-old Luke Ogden of Oxford, Ohio in 33:37 and third was Sean Kane, 26, of Cincinnati in 33:50.

In the women’s division, Olivia Anger, 25, of Apple Valley, Minnesota, won in 35:55. Second was Laura Pahren, 31, of Mason, Ohio is 38:00 and third was Sydney Larkin, 25, of Cincinnati in 38:23.

In the first-ever event within the Toyota 10K, the wheelchair hand cycle division, Yoshinori Tomoyasu, 49, from Oxford, Ohio, won in 36:16. Second in the division was Eric Boltz, 56, of Loveland, Ohio, in 36:33 and third was Jeffrey Daniel, 61, of Cincinnati in 38:11.

Top female in the wheelchair hand cycle was Jennifer Hogan, 39, of Loveland in 38:56, second was Abby Marsh, 46, of Union, KY in 51:35 and third was Victoria Maring, 28, of Maineville, Ohio in 1:11:13.

In the Champion Windows 5K, also a sellout, Christian Leach, 21, of Monroe, Ohio, won in 16:30:9. Second was Zachary Hayden, 14, of Mason, Ohio, in 16:33.9 and third was Luke Ogden, 31, of Cincinnati in 16:40.7.

In the women’s division, Brooke Wildermuth, 30, of New York won in 16:47. Second was Sarah Clark, 27, of Cincinnati, in 18:24.8 and third was Bukola Pereira, 27, in 18:48.3.

In the day’s other timed event, Adam Gloyeske, a former Flying Pig Marathon winner, won the Flying Fur two-mile run in 10:59. Also held Saturday was the Cincinnati Children’s 26th mile, the PigAbilities event and the First Watch Flying Piglet.

2023 Final Registration Numbers per Race: (2022 had limited caps due to existing COVID-19 restrictions):

  • Full Marathon: 5,843 (2022: 3,235)
  • Paycor Half Marathon: 13,138 (2022: 8,831)
  • City Dash 4-Person Relay: 1,388 (2022: 1,164)
  • Toyota 10K: 5,500 (2022: 4,069)
  • Champion Windows 5K: 6,996 (2022: 5,201)
  • Cincinnati Children’s 26th Mile: 1,700 (2022: 1,133)
  • Pigabilities presented Goodwill Industries: 683 (2022: 476)
  • First Watch Flying Piglet: 626 (2022: 504)
  • Flying Fur Dog Walk/Run: 554 (2022: 501)
  • Fifty West Mile: 3,415 (2022: 2,506)

The 26th running of the Flying Pig Marathon weekend will be held May 3-5, 2024.

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