26 Photos of the Flying Pig Marathon Weaving Through Covington & Newport
Two local runners claimed first place in the men's and women's division of the Flying Pig Marathon on Sunday, the first time in ten years that each division's winner came from the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region.
Sunday's weather was near perfect for the 18th annual event which began at 6:30 a.m. under clear skies with 45 degrees. The total field for the weekend events totaled 37,770, a more than 1,500 increase in last year’s registration (36,131), also a record. Participants this year represented all 50 states and 22 countries.
In the men’s division, Adam Gloyeske, 26, of Hamilton, Ohio, a graduate of Northern Kentucky University, won the marathon in 2:32:55. For the women, Amy Robillard, 35, of Montgomery, Ohio defended her marathon title in a time of 2:53:10. Robillard is now four-for-four in Flying Pig events, winning the IGS Half Marathon in 2011 and 2012 and the marathon back to back.
“Last year I just wanted to finish,” said Robillard, who was coming off an injury to run in 2014. “This year I was trying to see if I could run faster than last year, and just enjoy it.”
In fact, Robillard’s 2015 finishing time was more than 2:30 faster than her winning time last year of 2:55:53.
Second in the women’s division was Kerry Lee, 40, of Cincinnati, third in last year’s marathon and second in 2013, in a time of 2:59:28. Third place went to 2005 Flying Pig winner, 32-year-old Alison Bedingfield Delgado, in 2:59:55. Fourth was yet another former Flying Pig marathon winner, P.J. Ball, 36, in 3:04:51.
As for Gloyeske, he had run the Pig four times but this is his first victory, taking the lead on Mile 19 over early leader Matt Carey, who finished tenth.
“I didn’t realize how much Matt had slowed down until I saw him at about Mile 18,” Gloyeske said. “It feels great to win the Pig. It’s the kind of course that anyone can run.”
Second for the men was 35-year-old David Bea of Cincinnati, and third was Eric Hunziker, 45, of Cincinnati. Fourth was former Flying Pig Marathon winner, T.J. Lentz, who won in 2004. That was the last year that two local runners, Lentz and Ball, took the top spot in the marathon, until this year.
In the IGS Energy Half Marathon, 20-year-old Juliana Madzia of St. Clairsville, Ohio, defended her title, winning this year in a time of 1:21:22. Last year, she won in 1:25:59. Second is 27-year-old Allie Kieffer of New York in 1:22:26 and third is 26-year-old Katie Lenahan, the winner of the 2014 Queen Bee Half, in 1:23:36.
On the men’s side, the winner was 22-year-old Robert Scharold from Lexington, Kentucky, in 1:14:06. Second is Tilahun Abebe, 36, of Cincinnati in 1:14:15 and third is Josh Bokelman, 38, of Cincinnati, in 1:15:07.
In Saturday’s top events, 29-year-old Greg Lemmon of Cincinnati won the Toyota 10K and 36-year-old Emily Boles of Greensboro, N.C. won in the women’s division. In the Tri State Running Co. 5K, Matt Motsinger, 35, of Cincinnati won on the men’s side and Melanie Pliskin, 30, of Cincinnati won the women’s division. Pliskin also won Friday night’s Little Kings Mile, and Jake Edwards won the Mile for the men.
Photos by RCN's Brian Frey
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