(Cincinnati)--Sergio Reyes has won the 15th annual Flying Pig Marathon for a third time. The 2009 and 2012 winner barely missed setting a course record two years in a row. It took the defending champion 2 hrs 21 min and 49 seconds to tackle the 26.2 mile course. This years Flying Pig races had a record breaking 33 thousand participants. Reyes is the first to win the event three times.
A Press Release from race organizers says The 31-year-old Reyes, of Palmdale, California, won the event in 2:21:51, 13 seconds better than his winning time of 2:22:04 last year. While Reyes is the first to three-peat, twice have Flying Pig winners won the event two times, on the men’s side by Rudolf Jun and the women’s side, Rebecca Gallaher, both in 2000 and 2001.
“It was great, great enthusiasm along the course, there were a lot of Boston supporters and that was just really encouraging. When the going got tough, those guys really gave me motivation,” said Reyes, who placed 12th at the Boston Marathon last year. “This is one of my favorite races; it’s almost a home town race for me.”
Second in the men’s division was 38-year-old Rob Morwood of Lebanon, who came in second to Reyes last year as well. He finished this year in 2:34:30. Third was 32-year-old Derrick Butler of Cincinnati in 2:35:29.
On the women’s side, 29-year-old Rebecca Walter of Bloomington, Indiana, an assistant track and cross country coach at Indiana University, won in 2:53:58, in the first non-trail marathon she had ever run. “The course here, I liked it, it was uphill then downhill, it’s the way I like to run,” said Walter, who was also making her first visit to Cincinnati.
Second was 38-year-old Kerry Lee of Cincinnati in 2:54:22, clipping more than six minutes from her third place finish time last year. Third with a time of 3:00:34 was another former Flying Pig winner, P.J. Ball, the 2004 women’s champion.
A record number of participants were part of the 15th anniversary of the Flying Pig Marathon with 33,852 signed up for weekend events, a 9.1% increase over 2012. All 50 states and 16 countries were represented in the field.
For the Flying Pig events, the full marathon had 4,920 registrants; Border Energy Half Marathon, 12,129; 4-person relays, 2,360; Toyota 10K, 3,704; Tri State Running Company 5K, 5,441; Kids Marathon, 4,478; Pigability, 170 and Piglet Fun Run, 650.
In the Border Energy Half Marathon, 27-year-old Justin Scheid from Sparta, New Jersey was the male winner, in a time of 1:10:56. The Georgetown University graduate was running with his brother, Jeremy, who finished fourth, in 1:16:34. Second was 30-year-old Matthew Behrensmeyer from Crescent Springs, Kentucky in 1:13:03 and third was 25-year-old Andrew Archer from Cincinnati in 1:15:03.
In the women’s division of the Border Energy Half Marathon, 26-year-old Leslie Kraus of Cleves repeated as champion, having won the event in 2010. The Taylor High School and University of Cincinnati graduate has run the half marathon here four times and the Tri State Running Company 5K once, with two half marathon wins and a 5K title on her resume.
Second on the women’s side was 32-year-old Alicia Heyne of Louisville, Kentucky in a time of 1:27:41 and third was 37-year-old Hisako Fujiwara of Cincinnati in 1:27:45.
In earlier events, Paul Odipo, a Kenyan runner competing in his first U.S. marathon, warmed up for Sunday’s Flying Pig with a win at the Toyota 10K to open Saturday’s schedule at the Flying Pig Marathon weekend powered by P&G.
Odipo, 38, runs for Team SOTENI-Kilometers for Kenya. Second place in the men’s division was Tilahun Abebe, 34, in a time of 34:18 and third was Keith Harris, 30, in a time of 35:26.
Winning the female division was 24-year old Chelsea Koglmeier of Cincinnati, who was running her first Toyota 10K. A 2012 graduate of Duke University, Koglmeier won in a time of 39:50. Second in the female division was Olivia Connaughton, 13, in a time of 40:18 and third was Sue Dehaan in a time of 42:23.
In the Tri-State Running Company 5K, Flying Pig veteran Chris Reis, 31, of Ludlow, Kentucky, won the title in 16:31 to defend his 2012 5K championship. Rounding out the top three were Todd Larison, 47, of Clearwater, Florida (17:18) and Harvey Lewis, 30, of Dayton, Ohio (17:33).
On the women’s side of the Tri-State Running Company 5K, Kristine Durand, 35, of Batavia won with a time of 19:43 followed by Hayley Meyer, 13, Cincinnati (20:29) and Anna Foote, 23, Sycamore, Ohio (20:39).
Starting the Flying Pig Marathon weekend Friday night was the inaugural Little Kings One Miler, won by Spike Knickel in a time of 4:26. Second in the men’s division was Jason Bumb in 4:27 and third was Javan Lapp in 4:28. In the women’s division, the winner was Becky Clark in 5:04, second was Olivia Connaughton in 5:24 and third was Halle Cupp in 6:06.
The 16th running of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon weekend powered by P&G will be May 2-4, 2014. Follow the Flying Pig Marathon on Facebook and on Twitter @runflyingpig.