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Game Day Communications
Flying Pig Marathon Training T-Shirts Head to Kuwait
CINCINNATI - (March 21, 2006) - Three boxes of training t-shirts from the
Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon are headed to Kuwait to help members of our
armed forces train for the Middle East version of the Flying Pig Marathon
on Sunday, May 7.
"We are honored to have the men and women who are serving our country,
think of the Flying Pig Marathon while they're so far from home," said Iris
Simpson-Bush, executive director. "The least we can do is help them dress
appropriately for the 'Pig.'"
The idea for the Kuwait Flying Pig Marathon came about when a group of Navy
reservists who had planned to enter the marathon events were sent to the
Kuwait Naval Base in Kuwait over the winter. Instead of giving up on the
idea of running the "Pig," the group decided to train and run it in Kuwait.
An estimated 50 runners are planning to run the full marathon, while up to
300 are scheduled to participate in 5K and 10K events.
The Kuwait Flying Pig Marathon will be run on Sunday, May 7, although the
start will be a little earlier than the Cincinnati version. While runners
in Cincinnati will step off at 6am local time, the Kuwait Marathon will
start around 4am (Kuwait time) to beat the desert heat.
"While we're running our eighth Cincinnati Flying Pig, it's exciting to see
another group organize our first overseas Flying Pig," said Simpson-Bush.
"It just shows how popular the Marathon has become in such a short time."
The eighth annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon will be held Sunday, May 7
with the Flying Pig Marathon, Half Marathon presented by National City, the
Ernst & Young 4-person relay and the Corporate Express Corporate Challenge
Relay. Saturday, May 6 features the 10K, the 5K presented by girls!can,
Flying Piglet and biggs' Family Fun Festival. Presenting sponsors are
CoActive Marketing, Corporate Express, Ernst & Young, Old Spice High
Endurance, Mercy Health Partners, National City and Paycor. Visit the race
website at: www.FlyingPigMarathon.com