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  • Fit Hearts Progressive Marathon Training Program


    Congratulations to the 2016 Fit Hearts participants who completed a progressive marathon and finished the final mile at the Cincinnati Flying Pig finish line. We look forward to seeing you next year for the 2017 Fit Hearts Progressive Marathon Training Program!

    2016 Fit Hearts Progressive Marathon Training Program

    The Heart Institute and 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 five and up.

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

    Weekly Group Training Sessions

    Beginning Saturday, March 19, participants will complete 3.6 miles each week through wheeling, walking and/or running. At least two of these miles will be covered during the weekly group training sessions. Participants will then complete any additional mileage on their own to reach the weekly 3.6 mile goal.

    The final mile of training will be completed by crossing the finish line of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon on Saturday, April 30! Participants will receive an official event medal and other fun swag.

    During training, participants will set three health goals to be addressed. Heart Institute staff will 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.

    Dates and Times

    The Fit Hearts Progressive Marathon Training Program includes the following dates:

    • Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 10:00 am
    • Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 10:00 am
    • Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 10:00 am
    • Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10:00 am
    • Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:00 am
    • Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 10:00 am
    • Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Flying Pig Marathon!


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


    • Free for patient participants
    • $15 for supporters (one supporter per participant)


    Participants will receive:

    • Flying Pig T-shirt
    • Flying Pig Marathon Medal
    • Other fun swag!
  • Frequently Asked Questions

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    As much as we would like for you to join us each week, we understand life is busy. 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!

    If you are running a little late, that’s not a problem. A volunteer will be available to meet you when you arrive. You can leave early as needed; we just want you to get in as much activity possible during each training session. Remember: Your goal is to complete 3.6 miles each week throughout the seven weeks of training. The Saturday sessions are an opportunity to socialize and have support to complete your goals.

    You should wear comfortable walking shoes and comfortable, layered clothing that will allow you to move freely and protect you from the weather. A water bottle is recommended.

    You may bring a friend, sibling, parent or anyone who will help you complete your marathon. Your support person can register for the final mile at the Flying Pig Marathon. One supporter per participant.

    A parent or guardian is required to be onsite. However, they do not have to participate.

    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 the day. There is also a kid-friendly Flying Pig Marathon Course Map so that your child can track their miles “virtually” on the real marathon course.

    The Flying Pig Marathon Final Mile entry form is for your child to register to for a special Kids’ Marathon 26th Mile during the Flying Pig Marathon. This is the final mile!
    Keep the Hog Log posted in an accessible place at home to engage your child (and family) to be smart, eat well and move more. Fill in weekly miles, nutrition goals and other challenges to track progress. Each smart, healthy and active choice is another step closer to establishing a healthier and happier lifestyle. Our goal is for you to maintain these healthy habits for a happy life.

    No, attendance on Saturday, April 30 is not required to be a part of the Fit Hearts Training Program. If you cannot attend Saturday, April 30 or choose to complete your marathon final mile elsewhere but would like to receive a Pig shirt and medal, you can still register for the event and get the t-shirt and medal as reward for completing the marathon. Be sure to submit your completed Flying Pig Marathon Final Mile entry form to the Fit Hearts Training Program or mail directly to the Flying Pig Marathon address on the form.

    On the day of the Flying Pig, participants and supporters will meet at an onsite location one hour before the event start time. This is where you will receive your Flying Pig packets, get warmed up and rally for your final mile!

    We ask that anyone participating in an official Flying Pig Marathon race register with us. Registration ensures each participant will receive their entitled shirt, medal, refreshments on the course and fun swag at the finish line. Registration also provides both the participant and the Flying Pig Marathon with proper documentation and contact information should an emergency arise. While we know some adults enjoy cheering for the kids, we understand others prefer to be with their youngsters on the course. If you choose to run with your child, please complete a Flying Pig Marathon Final Mile entry form for your child and yourself.

    We will provide race day information in advance for spectators and participants to minimize confusion and maximize safety and fun. We work alongside the Flying Pig Marathon staff to ensure the Fit Heart Training program is safe, fun and secure for the kids who have worked so hard to reach the 26th marathon mile. The starting line, “Finish Swine” and 26th Mile course are designed with the utmost security in mind to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for the kids and their adoring fans.