Dogs to run in Flying Pig Marathon

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19/AP) - Dogs will now fly, too, at Cincinnati's popular Flying Pig Marathon.

Organizers of the 16-year-old race announced Wednesday that this year's event will include a 2-mile run for dogs and their owners.

The IAMS Flying Fur run will be held on May 3 near the city's Purple People Bridge along the Ohio River. The marathon and half-marathon will be the following day.

"We are thrilled to be able to add a dog run to our growing schedule of Flying Pig events," said Iris Simpson Bush, Flying Pig Marathon executive director. "We are looking forward to partnering with IAMS to promote wellness and exercise for pets as well as people as part of our Flying Pig celebration."

For every dog registered for the event, IAMS will donate one large bag of pet food to the SPCA of Cincinnati.

Registration for a pooch and his or her owner will be $30. Each additional person or dog on the same entry is $15.  Dogs running/walking in the Flying Fur event will receive an IAMS Flying Fur bandana.

Registration is now open for the IAMS Flying Fur event at

Last year, the Flying Pig attracted a record 33,852 participants for all the weekend events, with runners from all 50 states and 16 countries.

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