• Fit Hearts Progressive Marathon Training Program

    The Heart Institute and The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon invite you to take part in a progressive marathon training program designed for our HealthWorks! and Congenital Heart Disease patients ages  5 and up.

    This 7-week training program will allow participants to complete a progressive full marathon-that’s 26.2 miles!

    Here’s how it works: Each week beginning on Saturday, March 14th, participants will have the opportunity to complete 3.6 miles through walking and/or running each week. Participants will rack up miles over the period of 7 training sessions. On May 2nd, the final mile of training will be completed by crossing the finish line of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon! Participants will even receive an official event medal!

    During training, participants will set 3 health goals to be addressed. The Heart Institute will also offer educational materials related to exercise, nutrition, and other health topics.

    Staff volunteers including Registered Nurses, Cardiovascular Technologists, Exercise Physiologists and physicians will be on site to help with each training session. All are CPR/AED certified. Additionally, family members are encouraged to train as well and will be allowed to register with the Flying Pig (Free entry on race day for 1 family member).

    Dates and Times: 

    The Fit Hearts Progressive Marathon Training Program will run for 7 weeks and include the following dates:

    Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

    Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

    Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

    Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

    Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

    Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

    *The final mile will be completed on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Flying Pig Marathon.


    Montgomery Inn-The Boathouse Parking Lot
    925 Riverside Drive
    Cincinnati, OH 45202


    • $10.00 per participant
    • Free for one supporter


    Participants will receive:

    • T-shirt
    • Water bottle
    • Post exercise snacks
    • Flying Pig Marathon Medal

    To Register - Just Two Easy Steps

    1. Download and complete the following forms

    The forms can be faxed to 513-636-1566 or emailed  to stresstesting@cchmc.org. For questions, contact Jamie Maxi at stresstesting@cchmc.org or by phone at 513-803-5059.

    2. Bring $10 cash or check to the first day of training.

    Tools for the Trainee 

    Frequently Asked Questions 

    Do I have to come each week?

    As much as we would like for you to join us each week, we understand things come up! The weekly walks are there for your child and you to have support and socialize while completing your marathon but it is not required that you attend each training session. The goal is to obtain 3.6 miles a week; these can be done at home or at the training sessions – or both!

    What if I am late or need to leave early?

    If you are running a little late, that’s no problem – we will have a volunteer available to meet you when you arrive. Participants can leave at any time; we just hope they get in as much walking as they can. Remember: the goal is to complete at 3.6 miles a week throughout the seven weeks of training. The Saturday sessions are an opportunity to socialize and have support to complete your goals

    What should I bring with me?

    You should wear comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing that will allow you to move freely and protect you from the weather when we are outside. A water bottle would be a useful item to bring with you.

    Who can come with me?

    You may bring a friend, sibling, parent or any other person you would like, that will help you to complete your marathon. Only one person will be allowed to register as a supporter for race day.

    Can my parents drop me off?

    A parent or guardian will need to be with you. However, they do not have to participate.

    What do we do with this Hog Log?

    The Hog Log Mileage page is where you will tally both your marathon miles and check off whenever a nutrition and/or other challenge has been met for that day. Also, there is a kid-friendly Flying Pig Marathon Course Map so that your child can fill in the miles and “virtually” be on the real marathon course.

    Why do I have to fill out the Entry form?

    The Entry Form page is for your child to register to complete his/her 26th marathon mile in a special Kids’ Marathon 26th Mile on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Cincinnati’s riverfront on the actual Flying Pig Marathon course “Finish Swine.” The $10 registration for this optional event covers a marathon t-shirt, finisher’s medal, and goodies at the finish.

    What do we do with the Hog Log Mileage page?

    Keep it posted in a very visible place at home to encourage constant reminders to be smart, eat well and move more. When all the miles are filled in and you’ve tackled the nutrition and/or other challenges, bring it to school so we can keep track of how well your group did. We’d love to see ALL the goals challenges met EVERYDAY, but we will be pleased with any healthy choices made! It’s all about forming healthy habits for life.  

    Do we have to do the Final Mile event on Saturday, May 2, 2015?

    No, attendance on Saturday, May 2, 2015 is not required to be a part of the Fit Hearts Training Program. If you cannot attend Saturday, May 2, 2015 or choose to complete the marathon final mile elsewhere but would like to receive a Pig shirt and medal, you can still register for the event, pay the $10, and get the t-shirt and medal as reward for completing the marathon. Just be sure to fill out the entry form and turn it into the Fit Hearts Training Program or mail directly to the Flying Pig Marathon address on the entry form or at www.flyingpigmarathon.com. Registration packet pickup will be at The Duke Energy Center on Friday, May 1, 2015, or Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Great American Ball Park Reds Hall of Fame before the event.

    Can parents or supporters run the Final Mile event with the children?

    We ask that anyone participating in an official Flying Pig Marathon weekend race event be registered for that event. That way they are fully entitled to shirts, medals, refreshments on the course and at the finish, and all the goodies that each participant gets. Registration also provides both the participant and the Flying Pig Marathon with the proper documentation and contact information should an emergency arise. We are working very hard to ensure that the Fit Heart Training program is safe, fun, and secure for the kids who have worked so hard to get to that 26th marathon mile. The starting line, “finish swine,” and the 26th Mile course are being designed to make it as smooth as possible for all the kids and for their adoring fans, but with utmost security foremost in our minds. We hope that the adults will be cheering the kids on, but understand when people feel the need to be on the road with the youngsters. Registration for adults or a supporter will be free (one person per participant). Race day information will be provided for spectators and participants to minimize confusion and maximize safety and fun.

    If you choose to run with your child, we ask that you do register.

    For questions contact stresstesting@cchmc.org or Jamie Maxi at 513-803-5059.