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The evening of July 20th marked the occasion of the formal announcement of plans for the 20th Anniversary celebration of the Flying Pig Marathon which will take place in May of 2018. Held at LB Rookwood, the event welcomed past sponsors, friends and supporters who were invited to hear the exciting plans for the 2018 event. Ohio Valley Goodwill’s Marketing Manager, Sharon Hannon, was delighted to be included as a representative for the organization which last year, was the first-ever Title Sponsor for the PigAbilities event- an inclusive race for people of all abilities.
Race Director, Iris Simpson-Bush, kicked off the evening’s program with a summary of the 2017 Flying Pig Marathon which welcomed nearly 40,000 participants from all 50 states and 20 countries making it the 13th largest U.S. running festival held annually. The Flying Pig Expo also was the place to be for more than 60,000 participants and more than 100,000 spectators cheered on Marathon runners. The Marathon E-Newsletter, “The Squeal,” has more than 100,000 subscribers and sponsor stories are featured throughout the months leading up to the annual Marathon event.
The 2017 Flying Pig Marathon offered the opportunity for Ohio Valley Goodwill to become the first-ever Title Sponsor for the PigAbilities event which welcomed almost 300 athletes- a new record for participation in the event created by the CARA (Community Ambassadors Resource Alliance) Group. The 20th Anniversary of the Flying Pig Marathon and planned celebration would also provide the chance to grow the PigAbilities event to include even more athletes of all abilities throughout the region.
More specific details about the plans for the upcoming celebration will be announced by the Flying Pig Marathon team in the coming weeks. The 20th Anniversary celebration promises to be spectacular as planning continues for the May 2018 event.