Flying Pig Marathon & Half Marathon

Sunday, May 4, 2025 • Cincinnati, OH • Course Map

Touted by race organizers as one of the most popular races of its kind in the country for first-time marathoners and half-marathon runners — due to its mostly flat terrain for the first half of the course — the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K is one of those races that lives up to its promise to “welcome runners of all abilities.”

The race starts on Elm Street in front of Paycor Stadium, home stadium of the Cincinnati Bengals.

From there, the course winds through downtown, crossing the river twice between Ohio and northern Kentucky — first over the Taylor Southgate Bridge and next over the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge — all while maintaining a mostly flat route for the first five miles of the race.

The course takes the field past a number of the city’s most important sports landmarks along the early downtown part of the course, including the remains of the old Riverfront Stadium (where Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds formerly played, and where Pete Rose knocked his legendary 4,192nd hit in September 1985) as well as the new stadium where the Reds now play, the Great American Ballpark.

After staying mostly steady at an elevation of around 500 feet above sea level from the starting line through the mile 5 marker at Plum Street, the course then begins a long, stair-step-style incline over the next three miles that organizers call “the Climb,” rising to about 800 feet above sea level by the time runners reach the eighth mile marker.

Along these miles, the course takes participants around and through hilly Eden Park, a 186-acre green space right in the center of the city that is also home to the city’s Cincinnati Art Museum and Art Academy, as well as the Krohn Conservatory.

On their way through the tree-lined park, runners and walkers also make their way past Mirror Lake in the center of the park, before exiting back into the more urban areas of town for the last few miles to the finish line, which lies on Mehring Way at Smale Riverfront Park.

The last three miles of the race — all of which is run on paved surfaces, and are considered the easiest section of the race — give back nearly all of the elevation gain of the middle section of the course, falling back to about 500 feet above sea level by the finish line.

The Flying Pig Half Marathon

Awards & Accolades

The Flying Pig Half Marathon was the fifteenth most popular half marathon in the United States in 2023.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled along a bend in the Ohio River in the southwestern corner of the state, Cincinnati typically sees mild to chilly weather in the early spring with moderate precipitation all year long.

On race day (May 4), the average low is 43ºF and the average high is 59ºF.

Past Results

The Flying Pig Marathon Course Map

See the race route map for the Flying Pig Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

see event website


  • $70 and up for the half marathon
  • $80 and up for the full marathon
  • $30 and up for the 10K
  • $25 and up for the 5K

The Flying Pig Marathon Registration

To reserve your spot in the 2025 running of Cincinnati’s Flying Pig Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at here.

The Flying Pig Marathon Official Race Website

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1 comment… add one
  • Kris Titko May 10, 2018, 1:40 pm

    When will the 3 deep winners of the age groups for each race be contacted and by what means, please….. Thank you. (I came in 3rd in my age group for the 4 way with extra cheese!!!)


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