Sunday, April 28, 2013

Late Online Registration Open For Flying Pig Marathon

From the Flying Pig Marathon Website: Because of the tremendous outpouring of registration questions since online registration closed on April 19, the Flying Pig Marathon is opening Late Online Registration. From Noon Wednesday, April 24 through 4 p.m. Friday, May 3, for Saturday events, or 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4 for Sunday events. Registrants will receive a confirmation email following registration. They will need to print it and bring it to the Late Online Registration table at the Expo to pick up their bib packet. You will need the confirmation email to finish registration. For more information, visit

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Legends In Black - May 2

On May 2nd at 6:30pm, South Point High School is hosting a special event called "Legends in Black". It will feature distance running legends, who will be speaking, showing video clips, answering questions, etc. about distance training and racing. At the event will be:
  • Nick Willis, Olympic silver medalist from New Zealand in the 1500 at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and currently training for the World Championships in Moscow.
  • Barry Magee, Olympic bronze medalist from New Zealand in the marathon at 1960 Olympics in Rome, and one of the top distance coaches in New Zealand.
  • Bill Baillie, Olympian and national champion of New Zealand in events as varied at the 800 to the 10,000. Bill was also former world record holder of the one hour run and the 20,000.
  • Bob Schul, the only American to win the Olympic gold medal in the 5,000.
Host for the evening will be Nobby Hashizumi, president of the Lydiard Foundation, and former coach of the Hitachi Ltd. running team of Japan. The event is free, and will feature entertainment by Kahurangi, from Hastings, New Zealand. For more information, please contact Randy Smith at
  • DATE: Thursday, May 2, 2013
  • TIME: 6:30 PM
  • PLACE: South Point High School, South Point OH
  • COST: Free
  • INFORMATION: A special event featuring distance running legends from New Zealand and United States. For more information, please contact Randy Smith at

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Cinci Runners' Updates - April 2013

Click here to access the Cinci Runners' Updates - April 2013. Cinci Runners' Updates is a periodic e-newsletter sent by the Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati. You can sign up for it to the right or at the newsletter itself.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Piggest Raffle Ever Update

The Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati is part of the Piggest Raffle ever with the Flying Pig Marathon for 2013. Adopt a pig for $5 for a chance to to win a 2013 Toyota Prius and help the Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati raise funds. If you wish to adopt a Pig(s) on behalf of the Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati, you can do so online at through Thursday, May 2. Just select Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati as the charity. The official "Pig Drop" to determine the contest winners will take place on Saturday, May 4 around 7:00pm at the Schmidlapp Event Lawn, which is next to the Christian Moerlein Lager House.

Monday, April 22, 2013

34th Annual Red Brick Run Recap

The Red Brick Run is about 35 years old and held on the beautiful Miami of Ohio Campus in Oxford Ohio. Although it is only an hour away from Cincinnati, it has the feel of a long drive for a 5K race and one of the few races that I will make the drive. I first ran this race in 1996, ran it in every even year(1996, 1998, 2000, 2002) until 2010. I wish that I could give a reason to do it in 2013 but I can not except for the fact that it has been 3 years since I ran it. The race originally raised money for the Miami Recreation Department, but now it raises money for the Amber Volk Scholarship Fund established in 2008 to remember one of Miami's own in addition to the Miami Recreation Department.

When I started doing this race, it was held at 1:30 PM but about 7-8 years ago they changed the time to 10:30 AM due to the 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 5 minutes before they were closing registration. Race Day Registration was a back breaking price of $12. If you wanted a shirt, you could get one for $12. It was a long sleeve shirt but I opted out of the shirt since I have so many of them. Conditions were sunny but cool with temperatures maybe in the high 40's for the 300 runners and walkers who decided to run this morning. If the students decided to try to tan themselves on the lawn this morning, it definitely would lead to much leering by male and female runners.

The course changed from 2010 in that they took out part of the uphill start. Originally, the start was on a street to the left of Millett Hall on a nice incline but now you start in front of Millett Hall which is flat for the first .05 mile(hey, every little bit of flatness helps). It then runs up Talawanda Street and goes onto the sidewalks around the Miami of Ohio Campus. The nice part is the 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 was nice as you had nutrition bars, sport jelly beans, bananas, water, cookies, protein drinks and sports drinks. The awards at this race are unique in that you get a red brick for being one the top runners overall or in your age group. The bricks make a great paperweight and why some runners come back year after year.

Overall, this is still one of my favorite races due to the price, the course and they have really added to the post race experience. I will probably be back in 2014 for the 35th Annual Red Brick Run. Race Results.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Covington Rotary Club's 5K 4 KIDS! Race Recap

Covington Rotary Club's5K 4 KIDS! is a race that raises funds for two Northern Kentucky Organizations - Notre Dame Urban Education Center - an after-school and summer mentoring program and Northern Kentucky Special Olympics.  The race is held at Devou Park in Covington Kentucky and 2013 was the 3rd year for the race.  I had a choice of almost 12 races to do this weekend and there were two more that I did not know about until later. I decided to do this race since it was a short drive from home and they had a t-shirt option. I am swimming in shirts and I do not need another shirt even though the shirts were technical. The race had over 100 runners and walkers. Also on hand was Jay Cruz from Rewind 94.9. Race Day Registration was $22 with no shirt which may be a little high but races are getting more expensive to do with all the frills to attract runners and walkers.
With only about 100 runners and walkers, there was no need for chip timing. Course was scenic as it was on the roads of Devou Park. It started about 100 yards from the Picnic Pavilion and looped around the Devou Park overlook with its scenic view of the Cincinnati Skyline. It came back to the main road, to a left downhill turn between Rotary Grove and the band shell, and up Montague Road which was the only hill on the course. Some runners thought the hill was tough, but you only needed to run half of it so it could have been worse. Took a right at the top of the hill and then a left to take you by the Behringer Crawford Museum and slight right to the turnaround near the Children's Home of Northern Kentucky and then came straight back to the finish on the main road. Conditions for the race were cold for April with some wind but it was comfortable to run in a long sleeve shirt and shorts. Post race featured water, bananas, granola bars, and Pizza. Awards were medals to the top male and top female in 5 year age groups and trophies to the top male and female runner. After the awards they had door prizes which included a gym bag and T-shirts courtesy of 94.9.
I may do it again due to the challenging and scenic course, but I have at least10 other races to get to on that weekend for 2014. Race Results.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Memorial Day Race 37 Registration Open

Registration is now open for Cincinnati's second oldest race behind the Thanksgiving Day Race. The Memorial Day Race is back at Armleder Park at 9:00 AM on May 27, 2013. Since most runners are swimming in T-shirts, the club has decided to make the Memorial Day Race T-shirt for 2013 an optional purchase. It will be a technical shirt for the preregistration price of $10. Get the flier or register online.
  • DATE: Monday, May 27, 2013
  • TIME: 9:00 AM
  • PLACE: Otto Armleder  Memorial Park, 5059 Wooster Road, Cincinnati OH
  • PREREGISTRATION: $11.00 General Public and $7 Runners' Club Members /Age 21 and Under. Technical Shirt available for $10. Preregistration ends Monday May 20.
  • INFORMATION: Spectator friendly flat 5K (3.1 Mile) Course. Real bathrooms. Food, awards, doorprizes, and Kids Fun run follow the race.  Get the flier or register online.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Group Run Update - Beginner Intermediate Run On Thursday

The Runners Club of Greater Cincinnati has a new group run for beginners and intermediate runners on Thursdays at 6:30 PM  at Idlewild Park in Burlington KY. Meet at Shelter 3. The goal of the group run is to get you ready to run a 5k.  Call Gina Meyers at 513-706-1454 for questions/information.
Do not forget about the club's other runs!
The Runners Club of Greater Cincinnati has a Saturday Group Run at 8 AM at Lunken Playfield. Meet on the trail next to the farmer's market. We will run 3-5 miles, all paces welcome. Call Gina Meyers at 513-706-1454 for questions/information.
There is a Sunday run that meets at Miami Whitewater Forest. Meet at the Visitor Center at 8:15am and run starts at 8:30 am. Please join us. All paces are welcome.Note:All vehicles entering Hamilton County District Parks must have a valid Motor Vehicle Park Permit($10 annual; $3 daily).
 Weekly Group Run Details:
  • Lunken Group Run on Saturdays at 8:15 AM - Meet on the trail next to the farmer's market at Lunken. For more information, call or text Gina Meyers at 513-706-1454.
  • Miami Whitewater Group Run on Sundays at 8:30 am - Club runs from Miami Whitewater Forest. Check-in is at 8:15 AM at the Visitor Center. Runs start at 8:30 AM. Contact Gina Meyers at 513-706-1454 or email her at for more information. Please Note: All vehicles entering Hamilton County District Parks must have a valid Motor Vehicle Park Permit($10 annual; $3 daily). 
  • England-Idlewild Park Group Run on Thursdays at 6:30 PM -  Meet at Shelter 3 inside the park.Great for beginner and intermediate runners. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Haiti To Home 5k Run / Walk - May 18

The Haiti to Home 5k takes place at 9:30 AM on Saturday, May 18 at Idlewild Park in Burlington KY. The race will help raise funds for Scott and Laura Spicher who are on the journey of adopting a little boy from Haiti. They look forward to putting on a family friendly event. Join them and help them bring their son home! Cost is $25 for adults during preregistration; Registration on race day costs $30.
For more information, visit
Race Details

  • DATE: Saturday, May 18, 2013
  • TIME: 9:30 AM
  • PLACE: Idlewild Park, Burlington KY
  • COURSE: Gently rolling 3.1 mile course on the paved trails at Idlewild Park. It is an out and back.
  • AWARDS: First overall Male and Female runner.
    Also to the top finisher in the following age divisions
    Run Divisions: 9 and under,10-12,13-14 15-16,17-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.
    Walk Divisions: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39,40-49, 50-59, 60 and over.
  • REGISTRATION: Preregistration available through Monday May 13 for online registration. Packet pickup will be held at Tri-State Running Company on Thursday, May 16th from 5-8 pm and Friday, May 17th from 3-6pm. Raceday Registration opens at 8:00 AM and ends 9:15 AM at Idlewild Park.
  • RACE INFORMATION: Visit the Haiti to Home Website for race information.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

New Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati Board Selected for 2013

At the Annual Meeting on April 8, the membership of the Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati in attendance approved the following members to serve on the club's board for 2013:
  • President: Kat Fischer
  • Vice President: Ryan Smith
  • Treasurer: Ryan Woolley
  • Secretary:Rebecca Homan
  • Trustees-At-Large:
    • Lisa Bodine
    • Rob Bodine
    • Tom Glasscock
    • Seamus Gordon
    • Gina Meyers
If you have any ideas or something that you would like the new board to accomplish for the coming year, send an email to or attend the next board meeting(check the club website for details in the next week). Special Thank you to our featured speaker Harvey Lewis III for sharing his experiences at the Badwater Ultramarathon at this years Annual Meeting.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Flying Pig Marathon Mile 22 Waterstop: Water Stop Volunteers Wanted!

Once again the Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati will have a waterstop at mile 22. 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 Volunteer Registration Page.
  2. Click the Sign-up with registered group.
  3. Find and select Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati from the group list.
  4. Complete volunteer information.
  5. Use rcgc as the group password when asked near the end of the form.
If you have any questions or problems, let us know.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Poll Question for April: What Flying Pig Event Are You Doing?

The poll question for April is out! We want to know: What Flying Pig Event Are You Doing?
Voting ends April 30 so answer now!

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Races in April 2013

There are several races in April to help you get ready for the many races in May. We listed a few below but there are several more on the club calendar.
Some April Races
  • Saturday April 6, Finneytown Wildcat 5k, 9:00 AM, Finneytown HS, Cincinnati OH. Race information available at
  • Sunday April 7, ORRRC Marathon and Half Marathon, 8:30 AM, Xenia YMCA, Xenia OH. Visit for more information.
  • Saturday April 13, Meters For Mozart 5k, 9:00 AM, Waterworks Park, Fairfield OH. Race information available at
  • Saturday April 13, Stride for Stars 5k, 9:00 AM, Dixie Heights High School, Crestview Hills, KY. Race information available at
  • Saturday April 13, VIFCC 5K for $10K Run/Walk , 9:00 AM, Glenwood Gardens, Woodlawn, OH. Race information available at
  • Sunday April 14, Reduce, Recycle, Run 5K/10K, 9:00 AM, Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati OH. Visit for more information.
  • Saturday April 20, Dogwood Days Dash, 9:00 AM, Boone County Arboretum, Union KY. Information available at
  • Saturday April 20, Covington Rotary's 5K for Kids, 9:00 AM, Devou Park, Covington KY. Visit for more information.
  • Saturday April 20, St. Joseph Home Incline to the Finish Line 5K Run/Walk, 9:00 AM, St. Joseph Home, Sharonville OH. Visit or for more information.
  • Saturday April 20, Blue Ribbon 5K Race, 10:00 AM, General Cable, 5 Tessener Drive, Highland Heights KY. Visit for more information.
  • Saturday April 20, Rat Race 5k and 10k, 5:30 PM, Nisbet Park, Loveland OH. Visit for more information.
  • Sunday April 21, Miami Red Brick Run, 10:30 AM, Millett Hall, Miami of Ohio, Oxford OH. Visit for more information. 
  • Saturday April 27, Run It Forward 5k Run / Walk, 9:00 AM, Sharon Woods, Sharonville OH, Cincinnati OH. Race information available at
For more races in Cincinnati and the area, do not forget to check out our race calendar.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati Annual Meeting - Monday April 8

All members of the Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati in good standing as of Friday, April 5, 2013 are welcome to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting. The meeting will take place on Monday April 8, 2013 starting at 6:30 PM Eastern at the Swaim Park Lodge, located at the corner of Cooper and Zig Zag Road in Montgomery OH. On hand will be featured speaker Harvey Lewis III. Harvey is a current club member, 2012 Memorial Day Race winner, Badwater veteran, one of the top ultramarathoners in the country and looking for a nice long run anywhere, anytime. The meeting will cover the following:
  1. Catered Dinner by Buca di Beppo and drinks
  2. Verification of Quorum
  3. President's Address
  4. Announcements to Upcoming Events
  5. Featured Speaker Harvey Lewis III
  6. 2012 Financial Report and 2013 Budget
  7. Nominations and Election of the RCGC Board of Trustees and Officers
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the RCGC Annual Meeting on Monday April 8.