Flying Pig participants represent all 50 states, 18 countries
More than 30,000 people came out for the thirteenth annual Flying Pig Marathon Sunday morning, with participants representing all 50 states and 18 countries.
The race, along with the half marathon, kicked off at 6:30 a.m. A 5k and 10k took place on Saturday, in addition to the Flying Pig Kids Marathon.
The total number of participants for both day's events was 30,408, a record for total participation. 5,083 people ran the full marathon, 12,155 ran the half marathon, and 3,044 people participated in the relay.
The winner of the men's division of the full marathon was 24-year-old Kieran O'Connor from New York City. He finished with a time of 2:28:02, a personal best time, but short of the record of 2:20:35 set in 2006 by Cecil Franke. This was only O'Connor's second marathon ever.
Second for the men was 29-year-old David Riddle of Cincinnati with a time of 2:31:15 and third was Rob Morwood, 36, of Otterbein, Ohio with a time of 2:35:54.
For the women, the winner was 34-year-old Amy McDonaugh of Irmo, South Carolina, in 2:58:14. McDonaugh, who is legally blind, broke away from the rest of the women at mile 10.
The Flying Pig has an annual $12 million economic impact on the community, since 40% of the field is from outside the region, and pay for hotels, dining, and entertainment while in the area.
The Flying Pig is a non-profit organization that has raised millions of dollars for various charities.