Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon named Best Marathon in America by USA TODAY


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CINCINNATI, OH -- The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon has been voted the Best Marathon in America by the 2024 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award, among 20 marathons selected by a USA TODAY panel as the best in the country.

“For the past 25 years, we have watched the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon grow into a top #10 U.S. running festival,” said Mayor Aftab Pureval, City of Cincinnati. “Now America has spoken with their votes in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice awards by naming the Flying Pig Marathon as the #1 Marathon in America. We are proud of our hometown marathon and welcome all of the participants to Cincinnati this May.”

The list of the Top 10 finalists includes: 

  1. Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon
  2. New York City Marathon
  3. Marine Corps Marathon
  4. Big Sur International Marathon
  5. Coast Guard Marathon
  6. CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
  7. Shiprock Marathon
  8. Bank of America Chicago Marathon
  9. Honolulu Marathon
  10. Hatfield McCoy Marathon

“We are extremely honored and very excited to win the public’s vote as the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice marathon,” said Iris Simpson Bush, CEO of Pig Works, the parent organization of the Flying Pig Marathon. “We work all year round to make sure our participants are all treated like VIPs (Very Important Pigs) and have the best experience possible. We thank USA TODAY and everyone who voted for us for this prestigious honor.” 

The 26th running of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon weekend is May 3-5, 2024. Follow the Pig on Facebook at Flying Pig Marathon and on Instagram @runflyingpig. Visit for event information and registration. 

The 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest launches new categories every other Monday at noon, revealing each category’s 20 nominees. After four weeks of voting, the contest closes on the 28th day at noon. On the Friday after voting ends, winners are revealed. Rules allow the public the right to vote online for one nominee per category, per day.Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties.

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