Coronavirus: Flying Pig and Queen Bee in-person races cancelled in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI — Organizers have announced the cancellation of the in-person races for the Flying Pig Marathon, Queen Bee and TQL Beer Series races for 2020.

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“We have evaluated the health and safety protocols for running events, surveyed participants, and discussed options with our medical staff, government leaders and other respected events in our industry,” said Iris Simpson Bush, CEO of Pig Works, which is the operating organization of the races. “We came to the conclusion that, even with the implementation of best practices, altered starts, support stations and finish venues, we could not offer the safe and fun experience that our athletes, volunteers, sponsors and spectators so deserve. "

The Flying Pig Marathon was previously postponed from its original spring date to the fall.

Registered runners will receive an email by July 10 detailing options for participation, including a virtual race, deferring to a future year or donating the registration fee.

The Flying Pig Marathon in-person race is expected to return in 2021 between April 30 and May 2. The Queen Bee Half Marathon will return on October 8 and 9 in 2021. The TQL Beer Series will be held on March 6, April 30 and Sept. 18 in 2021.