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Jackie Reau
Betsy Ross
Game Day Communications
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'BIG PIG GIG' PIGS ARE BACK!
Pigs return for a limited time in honor of Flying Pig Marathon

Cincinnati, Ohio (March 12, 2004) - The most popular pigs this side of Miss Piggy return to Cincinnati, just in time for the 7th annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, May 1st! The original pigs from the "Big Pig Gig" are back in limited supply to greet runners and spectators along the Flying Pig Marathon route, thanks to a unique collaboration between the Marathon and ArtWorks, the original producers of the 'Gig'.

"The Flying Pig Marathon was just getting started when the 'Big Pig Gig' debuted in 2000," said Iris Simpson-Bush, executive director. "Runners loved seeing the pigs along the course then, so it just seemed right as we grow into our seventh year, to bring back some of the pigs that made our Marathon so popular."

The Flying Pig Marathon is commissioning two styles of the pigs, the sitting pig and the walking pig—both styles this time will have wings. Just as they were during the "Big Pig Gig," they'll be placed around Greater Cincinnati, but this time they'll be positioned along the Marathon route. The pigs once again will be painted by local artists, and sponsors are working with the artists directly on running-themed designs.

Seven pigs will be along the course this year, to mark the Marathon's seventh year. More pigs will be commissioned in future years. Each "Pig" will have its name, artist and sponsor prominently displayed on a plaque that will be mounted on the pig's stand. And, in a new twist on the "Gig," part of the sponsorship fee for each pig will underwrite a scholarship for a student artist for area summer arts projects.

"We are happy to partner with the Marathon to return the pigs to Cincinnati," said Tamara Harkavy, ArtWorks director. "The project not only will allow people to enjoy the pigs again, but to fund scholarships for young artists."

The pigs will be in public for a limited time only, in the weeks leading up to the Marathon. After the race, the pigs either will be taken in by their sponsors, or the Marathon will place them in a 'pig pen' for safekeeping until the following year's race. They'll then re-appear along the course.

"The pigs are truly Cincinnati's one of a kind mascot," said Simpson-Bush. "Having them back and associated with the Marathon will make this year's race weekend even more special."

The 7th annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon weekend is Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1. For more information on the Pigs, or on the Flying Pig Marathon, please call the Marathon office at 513-721-PIGS.

For more information or interviews, please contact Jackie Reau/Betsy Ross at Game Day Communications, 513-929-4263