This past weekend marked the 16th edition of the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati, and runners Ryan Hall, Sergio Reyes, and Amy Robillard were, well, flying.
Hall, a 31-year-old Olympic marathoner who holds the U.S. half-marathon record (59:43), set a new course record in the Toyota 10K, one of several events held on Saturday, a day before the main event.
Finishing in 30:32, Hall bested 4,141 other participants, among them Cincinnati’s own Blake Meyer, who took second in 34:04, and Paul Odipo of Kenya, third in 34:23.
Taking to the streets of Cincy and Northern Kentucky on Sunday, Reyes defended his Flying Pig Marathon title, finishing in 2:27.21. The 32-year-old California resident has dominated the event in recent years: He also won in 2009, 2012, and 2013.
Trailing Reyes by just over a minute was Cincinnati athlete Donnie Warner, who finished in 2:28.39. Californian Kota Reichert took third in 2:28:57.
"It was definitely a different strategy out there today, but I felt good enough in the closing miles,” Reyes said afterward, according to local NBC affiliate WLWT. “Going out a little conservative really helped this time. I was happy with it.”
On the women’s end, Robillard captured her first Flying Pig Marthon after winning the half-marathon in 2011 and 2012. The resident of nearby Montgomery, OH, finished in 2:55:53, nearly six minutes ahead of Cincinnati’s Dr. P.J. Ball, who crossed in 3:01:45.
The Flying Pig is a special race for Robillard: Four years ago, her son, Jameson, received a bone-marrow transplant for an immune deficiency disorder at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The youngster is “doing well,” according to Fox 19.
“When I think I’m tired and hurting, it’s nothing compared to what my son went through, so I can’t complain,” Robillard said. “I just want to be a good role model for them.”