First, congratulations to Halbert Walston on his 200th marathon. After years of conflicts I finally got the chance to try the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati. The much ballyhooed “hills” were little to write home about. It is a moderately hilly marathon (less than Mad, Atlanta, San Francisco, but more than Pittsburgh and New York) through Cincinnati, Covington and Newport Kentucky, and associated neighborhoods. Lots of community support with seemingly endless food being handed out. With a relentless series of swine puns from the “hog wash” cooling showers, “pork and beans” station for jelly beans, to the “grunt” volunteer shirts. In my opinion the pig is not a marathon to be run for time, but enjoyment. Fun fact: Cincinnati is home to the first paid professional municipal fire department in the US. Previously fire brigades competed to be the first to respond to be paid by insurance companies. The poor, who had no insurance would lose their homes and the middle class might find the fire brigade had taken an advance on their payment by looting while extinguishing the blaze.