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Dozens of road closures this weekend for Flying Pig marathon

By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email 

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)  - Thousands of runners are preparing for the Flying Pig Marathon. The full marathon and the half marathon take place on Sunday. The smaller races, including the 5K, 10K, and the kids' Piglet Race take place on Saturday.

"I'm very excited. I've been anticipating this weekend for a long time," said relay runner Jaime Garrett.

And he's not alone. A record breaking 26,000 runners have prepped for this year's Pig.

"I'm not in the front with all those fast people," said marathon runner Renee Day. "But I meet some great people along the way. It's just a lot of fun. It's a hard goal to achieve. And when you get to that finish line there's just nothing like it. Just nothing like it."

Runners represent all 50 states and a few countries. FOX19 met many locals registering for the event at the Duke Energy Convention Center on Friday afternoon. They told us there's nothing like running a race like this here at home.

"Definitely have hometown support," said marathon runner Carrie Jennings. "Family and friends are out on the course so there's always a friendly face and lots of encouragement."

Some runners train for months.

"{Jaime Garrett} and I actually run a lot together," said relay runner Dave Schwandner. "We have our team. I'm running the third leg. He's running the last leg."

While, others train on varied courses.

"{My two-year-old daughter} has been practicing in the front yard," said Tri-State mom Sarah.

Sarah's daughter Maggie is taking on the kids 1K race "the Piglet" this year.

"I'm going to run fast," said Maggie. "And beat them kids!"

Unfortunately, Maggie may need an umbrella tomorrow to do help her do that. But organizers said rain or shine, this marathon will fly.

"I think it's a testament to the commitment that individuals put into this," said organizer Iris Simpson-Bush. "They're not going to let a little thing like a weather forecast deter them."

Hear that Steve Horstmeyer?

People not running will have to deal with a host of road closures throughout the city this weekend. Cincinnati's Acting City Traffic Engineer Timothy Jamison, P.E. has reported that 24 roads will be closed or partly closed starting Saturday at 7 a.m. There are many more closures planned for Sunday.

Still, many city residents like Clara Rice said they're looking forward to it all.

"I think it'll be a great celebratory weekend," said Rice. "I look forward to coming out and cheering them on as they run right past my front door."

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On Saturday May 1, 2010 the running of the 10K, 5K and Kids 1K will take place.  The following streets will be affected starting at 7 a.m. until 12 p.m.:

  • Second Street- All of Second Street will be closed
  • Central Avenue- closed between Third Street to W Pete Rose Way
  • Mehring Way- closed between Central Avenue and E Pete rose Way
  • Elm Street- closed south of Third Street
  • Race Street- closed south of Third Street
  • Vine Street/ Rosa Parks Blvd- closed south of Third Street
  • Walnut Street- closed south of Third Street
  • Main Street/ Joe Nuxhall Way- closed south of Third Street
  • Broadway- closed south of Fourth Strteet (southbound allowed between Fourth and Third)
  • Third Street- reduced to one lane westbound between Broadway and Clay Wade Bailey Bridge
  • Third Street- eastbound closed between Clay Wade Bailey Bridge and Central Avenue
  • Third Street- closed between Eggleston Avenue and Pike Street (local resident access maintained)
  • Third Street ramp from southbound I-71- Closed
  • Third Street ramp from westbound Columbia Pkwy- Closed
  • Pike Street- closed between Third Street and Fourth Street (local resident access maintained)
  • Butler Street- closed between Third Street and Culvert Street
  • Culvert Street- closed between Third Street and Reedy St
  • Reedy Street- closed between Broadway and Eggleston Avenue
  • Seventh Street- closed between Broadway and Culvert Street
  • Sentinel Street- closed between Fifth Street and Eggleston Avenue
  • Eggleston Avenue- southbound only closed between Reddy Street and E Pete Rose Way
  • Columbia Parkway- westbound only closed west of Sixth Street ramp
  • Taylor Southgate Bridge- ALL CLOSED

On Sunday May 2, 2010 the following street will be closed at 4 a.m. to allow for staging and the start of the race:

  • Mehring Way- between Central Avenue and E Pete Rose Way

The following streets will be closed as needed, starting at 5 a.m. on Sunday May 2, 2010. The limits are listed and the direction closed is in parenthesis (  ).  Crossings will be allowed with Police or volunteer assistance:

  • Main Street- from Mehring Way to Third Street (All)
  • Third Street- from Main Street to Broadway (All)
  • Broadway- from Taylor Southgate Bridge to Third Street (All)
  • Taylor Southgate Bridge- from Kentucky to Ohio (All)
  • Clay Wade Bailey Bridge- from Kentucky to Ohio (All)
  • Third Street- from Gest Street to the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge (All)
  • Linn Street- from West Eighth Street to Third Street (Westbound/Northbound)
  • West Eighth Street- from Linn Street to Seventh Street (Eastbound)
  • Seventh Street- from Central Avenue to Gilbert Avenue (All- Vehiclesfrom the garage at Seventh and Broadway will be permitted to exit atSeventh Street and continue across Broadway to E Seventh St)
  • Central Avenue- from Seventh Street to Sixth Street (All)
  • Plum Street- from Eighth Street to Seventh Street (All)
  • Elm Street- from Sixth Street to Seventh Street (All)
  • Race Street- from Garfield Place to Seventh Street (All)
  • Vine Street- from Sixth Street to Seventh Street (All)
  • Walnut Street- from Eighth Street to Seventh Street (All)
  • Main Street- from Sixth Street to Seventh Street (All)
  • Sycamore Street- from Eighth Street to Seventh Street (All)
  • Broadway- from Sixth Street to Seventh Street (All)
  • Gilbert Avenue- from Seventh Street to Elsinore Place (Northbound)
  • Gilbert Avenue- from Elsinore Place to Eden Park Drive (All)
  • Eden Park Drive – from Gilbert Avenue to Victory Parkway (All)
  • Lake Drive – from Eden Park Drive to Eden Park Drive (All)
  • Victory Parkway – from Eden Park Drive to McMillan Avenue (Northbound)
  • McMillan Avenue – from Victory Parkway to Woodburn Avenue (All) 
  • Woodburn Avenue – from McMillan Avenue to Madison Road (All)
  • Madison Road – from Woodburn Avenue to Erie Avenue (Eastbound)
  • Erie Avenue – from Madison Road to Paxton Avenue (Eastbound)
  • Paxton Avenue – from Erie Avenue to Wasson Road (Northbound)
  • Wasson Road – from Paxton Avenue to Eastern Hills Lane (All)
  • Wasson Road – from Eastern Hills Lane to Marburg (Eastbound)
  • Eastern Hills Lane – from Wasson Road to Terminus (Southbound) (One Westbound lane will be open to access Eastern Hills Lane from Marburg to enter only)
  • Marburg Road – from Wasson Road to Erie Avenue (Southbound)
  • Erie Avenue – from Marburg Avenue to Bramble Avenue (Eastbound)
  • Bramble Avenue – from Erie Avenue to Settle Avenue (Eastbound)

The Race proceeds into Mariemont and Fairfax, then returns on inbound US-50/Columbia Parkway.

  • US-50/Columbia Parkway – from the Cincinnati Corporation Line to US-50/Eastern Avenue off ramp (Right hand westbound lane closed.  Westbound Ramp is closed to Eastern Avenue)
  • Ramp from Red Bank Road to Westbound Columbia Parkway - (Closed)
  • Eastern Avenue – from US-50/Columbia Parkway to Stanley Avenue (Westbound)
  • Stanley Avenue – from Eastern Avenue to Kellogg Avenue (Southbound)
  • Kellogg Avenue – from Stanley Avenue to Worth Street (Westbound)
  • Riverside Drive – from Worth Street to E. Pete Rose Way (Eastbound)
  • E. Pete Rose Way – from Riverside Drive to Old Broadway (All)
  • Old Broadway – (All)

The Half Marathon will follow the same course and turn back at Woodburn Avenue & Madison Road. The following streets will be closed as needed. The limits are listed and the direction closed is in parenthesis (  ). 

  • Madison Road- from Woodburn to Victory Parkway (Eastbound)
  • M.L.King - from Victory Parkway to Gilbert Avenue (Eastbound)
  • Gilbert Avenue - from ML King to Eden Park Drive (Northbound)
  • Sinton Avenue- from Gilbert Avenue to Nassau Street (All)
  • Nassau Street- from Sinton Avenue to Gilbert Avenue (All)
  • Elsinore Place – from Reading Road to Gilbert Avenue (All)
  • Reading Road- from Elsinore Place to Central Parkway (Northbound)
  • Central Parkway- from Eggleston Avenue to Vine Street (All)
  • Eggleston Avenue- from Central Parkway to E Pete Rose Way (Southbound)

Both races finish at E Pete Rose Way between Broadway and Old Broadway (in front of US Bank Arena)

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