Thursday, April 29, 2010

No Group Run this Saturday
With the Flying Pig Marathon this weekend and everybody either running the 5k, the 10k, the half, or the entire Flying Pig Marathon or helping out, there will be no 8:30 AM Saturday Group Run this Saturday May 1. The Saturday Group Run will resume on May 8 with a course preview of the Go OTR5k.
Stop by the Runners' Club Booth at the Flying Pig Expo this Weekend
The Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati has a booth at the 2010 P&G Health & Fitness Pig Expo for the Flying Pig Marathon this weekend. The booth is located in the center of the action of the expo. Stop by and introduce yourself. On hand will be the club 2010 technical shirt available for sale for the special Flying Pig Expo Price of $10.00. Also, when you sign up in person for the Memorial Day Race 34 at the booth, take $2 off the preregistration price.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Ad Agency Looking for Mascot Runner & Associate Runner for Flying Pig Marathon 5K!
Received the following in the club email this morning:
The Eleven Agency is an event marketing agency looking for a runner to help them with an upcoming promotion. The runner must be someone who enjoys running while having fun too. They are looking for someone to represent a major beverage client of theirs by running the Flying Pig Marathon 5k on May 1, 2010 dressed as the brand’s mascot. The height requirement is 5’7”- 6’2” and maximum weight of 200 lbs. The runner will be participating in the 5K and the Kid’s Final Mile and they are looking for someone who can finish 18:00 – 23:00 for the 5K. The costume is lightweight, breathable and built with the consultation of a marathon runner. The runner will also be given an Under Armour cap to make the run as dry and comfortable as possible. In addition to giving the runner an Under Armour cap, they will pay for the race registration and free product. The runner will be paid $75 to participate in the run as well as $10/hour for the duration of the run and any post event promotion (posing for photos with other runners and spectators). The runner will also receive a $100 bonus from The Eleven Agency if he or she finishes with a medal in his/her category. They are also looking for an associate runner to run with the mascot.
If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Cheryl Villaruz at or (949) 336-7772.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Club Group Run Update
The club currently has weekly group runs at Hyde Park Square and Fountain Square in
Downtown Cincinnati. Routes are posted for these runs on the club's twitter page and Facebook group. Also, for those interested in doing trail runs, former club President Mike Smith has a group that meets at the Nature Center (Rowe Woods) at 8:00 am usually every Sunday morning. They generally run between 8 - 8:30 miles. Contact Mike for details.
Weekly Group Run Details:

  • Wednesday - 6:30 PM Run - Hyde Park Square - meet by the fountain.
  • Saturday - 8:30 AM Run - Fountain Square - Downtown Cincinnati - meet by the fountain. A few garages in the area offer weekend parking for a $1.00 or you can always park on the street.
  • Sunday - 8:00 AM - Nature Center - Contact Mike Smith for details.

For more information contact us.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

T Shirt Design Contest for Memorial Day Race
Calling all shirt designers! The club is getting a new back design for the Memorial Day Race 34 shirt for 2010. We will take submissions before picking one. Submissions are due May 3. (We plan to get red technical shirts this year to represent the USMC since it was 65 years ago when they stormed Iwo Jima.) Please use no more than two colors. If you need three let us know). Send your submission in either jpg, pdf or vector format to The winning submission gets free entry into the race plus the shirt and whatever other goodies the club has.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Red Brick Run Recap
This race is about 30 years old and is held on the beautiful Miami of Ohio Campus in Oxford Ohio. Although it is an hour away from Cincinnati, it still has the feel of a long drive for a 5K race. The first time that I ran this race was in 1996 and for some reason, I run this race in every even year (1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, etc). I continued the trend in 2010. Originally the race was held at 1:30 PM but recently they changed the time to 10:30 AM due to the recent warm April weather. The warmer weather caused the local college male and female spectators to tan themselves on the lawns along the course forcing much leering by passing male and female runners. Leering during a race does not lead to fast race times so they moved it to 10:30 AM.

Since they moved it to 10:30 AM, I have a tendency to be late for the start(remember the hour drive from Cincinnati and it seems like they keep adding more things on US 27 slowing down my drive time even more. I got there just as they were closing registration. They let me fill out a form and off I went. Conditions were sunny but cool.

The course has not changed in the years that I have run it. It features an uphill start by Millett Hall (which I missed some of since I was running late so I went out the sidewalk on Millet to catch up with the other runners). It runs around the Miami of Ohio Campus and you have a downhill finish in front of Millett Hall. I ran it in about 28 minutes but I have to check the results to be sure. Post race ceremony was basic but nice as you had nutrition bars, bananas, water, and sports drink which I believe were courtesy of the local Kroger's. The awards at this race are unique in that you get a red brick for being one the top runners or tops in your age group. Obviously, the bricks would make a great paperweight.

Overall a nice little run with the feel of going to an out of town race. I will probably be back in 2012.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Flying Pig Marathon Volunteer Update

If you plan to help out at the Marathon and definitely would like T-shirt, you have until this Friday April 23 to sign-up(After all they have to sort and get together about 2,000 T-shirts for the various charities, groups and individuals). If you wear a small, sign up now to guarantee yourself a T-shirt. The Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati has a waterstop at mile 22 and we still can use people to help out. Mile 22 is where the marathon really begins for the marathoners and your support and encouragement means plenty to them. If you are running the marathon, please encourage your friends and family to help out. If you're not running, join us for a little fun and help us help the runners at mile 22. To volunteer at our waterstop:
  1. Go to the Flying Pig Website Volunteer Page
  2. Click the Sign-up with registered group
  3. Select the Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati, use the password PCC (case sensitive).
  4. Fill out the information
If you have any questions or problems, let us know.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

New Board Selected for Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati
At the recent Annual Meeting, the membership of the Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati in attendance approved the following to serve on the club's board for 2010:

    President: Todd Hofacre
    Vice President: Laura Wagner
    Treasurer: Ryan Woolley
    Secretary: Gina Meyers

    • Frank Field
    • Tom Glasscock
    • Paul Staudigel

If you have any ideas or something that you would like the new board to accomplish for the coming year, attend the next board meeting on Thursday May 13, 2010 at 7:00 PM at the Clifton Recreation Center or email us your idea.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Venturepax Feedback Survey
Danny Stull posted on the club's Facebook group that he is building a free site cataloging outdoor opportunities in Southwest Ohio and running is one of its focus activities. He needs your help to know what he should include so fill out this 10 minute survey for a chance to win a $100 gift card to your choice of outfitter.
Take the survey

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Help Back on My Feet Come to Cincinnati
Received the following in the club's email from Andrea Brooks:
Andrea is seeking assistance to bring an organization, called Back on My Feet ( to Cincinnati. They are planning to expand to five cities in 2011. She has talked with them about the possibility of bringing their organization to Cincinnati, but they want to see more interest from the local Cincinnati running community.
You can check out their website for more information, but they are an organization dedicated to getting people off the streets through running. You may have heard of the group as they have been featured in the news several times.
So Andrea is reaching out to people in this area to encourage them to bring BOMF to Cincinnati! You can do so at this link:
You will have to type in Cincinnati as an option and explain who you are and how much it would benefit our city to have something like this (It only takes a few minutes!). In 2008, more than 7,000 people were reported as homeless in Cincinnati/Hamilton County (2008 HMIS Data Report). There is no doubt that Cincinnati would benefit from this organization and Andrea is sure they could find plenty of runners (herself included) to volunteer!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

The Dogwood Dash 5K Run/Walk - April 17
The following information came from club member Mary Alice Gruden. Mary Alice is working with the Boone County Arboretum for their annual Dogwood Dash 5k on April 17, 2010. The Dogwood Dash for 2010 features Free Entry to the Arboretum, New Sponsors Bob Roncker's Running Spot and Oxford Physical Therapy, Awesome Door Prizes, A Kids Fun Run, and a scenic trail through the spring blooms! You can go to to get a flier or visit McCormick Race Management to register online.
  • DATE: Saturday, April 17, 2010 
  • TIME: 9:00 AM 
  • PLACE: Boone County Arboretum, 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union KY 
  • INFORMATION: Visit to get a flier or visit McCormick Race Management to register online and get more information.

Monday, April 05, 2010

New Poll Question for April
The new poll question for April is out! We want to know: What are you doing in the Flying Pig? Since there are so many things to do during Flying Pig weekend, we are allowing multiple answers in the poll so answer now!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Training Programs for Memorial Day Race 34
Have you thought about how you're going to train for Memorial Day Race 34? Look no further! The Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati has teamed up with coaches to provide online training plans for Memorial Day Race 34. These plans are designed for athletes of ALL levels, from the first-timer all the way up to the most experienced athlete. Included with your training plan is an online calendar, reporting tools and calculators, a mapping tool, daily emails, and much more! Go to the training page for a detailed list of features included with your training plan. You can sign up on the training page or sign up when you register online for the race. Most programs are 8-10 weeks so plenty of time to get involved.
Training Program Information