My Name is Barry Beck and I am 38 years old. The Flying
Pig will be my second Ohio marathon, having run the Columbus
race a few years ago. My reasons for entering the Flying
Pig race are mainly to bring my family together. I lived
in Cincinnati from the time I was in kindergarten all the
way through high school, in Forest Park. I went to college
in Columbus, where I attended The Ohio State University.
After college I relocated out west to Colorado, where I have
resided ever since.
My father still lives in the Forest Park area, and I'm
sad to say that I have not had the opportunity to re-visit
the Cincinnati area for 10 years. Due to my busy schedule
and having two toddlers, I haven't made an effort to
introduce my children to where their dad grew up. So, I'm
using the marathon as a motivation to bring my kids back to
Ohio for a week's stay to introduce them to their
grandfather's and father's home state. I will be busy
during the course of the week, leading up to the race. My
kids' grandfather has many special activities planned for my
youngsters, including a Reds game, a trip to the Cincinnati
Zoo, and also the Piglet Kids Fun Run on Saturday morning.
Time permitting, a visit to Kings Island is also planned.
The entire week will culminate with Dad running 26.2
miles around and through the city in which he grew up. I
believe that Cincinnati was a wonderful place in which to
grow up, and I want to instill in my 5 and 3 year old some
of the history and heritage that is unique and significant
I will also be looking forward to a cold Hudepohl and
some Skyline, after the race is over!