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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2000

RACE REGISTRATION OPEN ON-LINE FOR 3RD ANNUAL CINCINNATI FLYING PIG MARATHON

CINCINNATI, OH - Track and field activists all over the world will soon be watching the best marathoners running for Olympic Gold in Sydney, Australia. In Cincinnati and surrounding areas, runners are busy training to participate in the 3rd Annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon on May 6, 2001. Nearly two dozen runners have already registered to participate in the marathon now known for attracting both the "everyday runner" as well as the experienced marathoner.

With the success of the 2nd annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon still on the minds of the City of Cincinnati, runners, volunteers, and race organizers, registration for the 3rd running, "Where Dreams Take Wing," has opened on-line at www.flyingpigmarathon.com, more than six months prior to the race.

The anticipation of the upcoming Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon has been felt both near and far. The first on-line registrant is from Virginia and has run 12 previous marathons.

"I was attracted to the Flying Pig Marathon because of the name. The races that I have (previously run) - Disney, Mardi Gras, Rock 'N Roll, etc. have been because of some sort of unique quality. I try to pick races based off of their theme and those races that are supportive to the back of the pack ... since I am one that's back there," commented Patricia Grimes of Springfield, Virginia.

Local runners are ensuring their spot for the 2001 marathon as well. Nearly a dozen local individuals have registered, including many experienced competitors and first time marathoner Doug Ludmann from Ft. Thomas, Kentucky.

"There is no better escape from the day's burdens than running. The people of Cincinnati have an opportunity to do something that most people don't get a chance to do - run a marathon in their own city," noted Ludmann. "My wife and I are very excited and can't wait for race day. We hope to see all of our family and friends on the course."

Runners may apply on-line via the website at www.flyingpigmarathon.com or download an application from the website and mail it in. Applications for the 2001 Marathon can also be obtained in the Race Results Book from the 2000 Marathon or in running stores later this month. Applications will be mailed to all previous Flying Pig Marathon participants in November. All individual registrations received on-line or postmarked by January 15, 2001, receive an individual entry fee rate of $45.00. Registrations received prior to April 15, 2001 are $55.00/entry and $75.00 thereafter until the 4th of May, if available. Corporate Relay entrants may also register on-line at the cost of $500.00/team.

"It's really exciting to have our on-line registration up and running so much earlier this year. We have already received registrations from 8 different states, including 4 new marathoners," commented Kelly Weissmann, Executive Director, Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon. "We've always promoted the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon as a race for all types of runners - both new marathoners and experienced runners with goals of time improvement. It's fulfilling to see all levels of runners registering."

For further information on the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, contact (513) 721-PIGS (7447).