Next Sunday, May 3rd I will be running the Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon. In talking with friends this past week, they asked, what is the signification of the race name, the “Flying Pig”? Not knowing, I went out and looked, and here is what I found out.
In the 1800’s Cincinnati was called “Porkopolis” because of all the stockyards and the meat packing industry. In fact, they often ran pigs through the downtown streets. In the 1980’s when the riverfront was being developed, they commissioned a nationally renowned sculptor/artist to design something that was indicative of Cincinnati’s history and we now have Flying Pigs welcoming you to the riverfront. When the founders of the marathon were looking for a name for the event back in ‘97 “Flying Pig” brought smiles to everyone’s face so that seemed most appropriate.
There is your unusual trivia to start the week.