Runners flood Cincinnati for Flying Pig events

CINCINNATI (AP) — More than 10,000 runners and walkers flooded the streets of downtown Cincinnati on Saturday as part of the Flying Pig Marathon.

Both a 5K and a 10K were sold out Saturday and had more than 5,000 runners and walkers each. A half and full marathon are set for Sunday morning and also were sold out.

In all, a record 33,000-plus people are expected to participate in all the weekend events combined.

Last year’s participation was at just under 31,000.

Event organizers attribute the record participation to an outpouring of support following the Boston marathon bombings.

The race’s executive director, Iris Simpson Bush, says the turnout is “a great tribute to our community and its amazing support.”

The Flying Pig, named for the city’s pork history, is in its 15th year.

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