Congratulations to everyone who completed their 26.2 mile progressive marathon! Many thanks to all who participated. We'll see you next year!

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!

New this year: We are offering training for anyone wanting to walk or run the Flying Pig 5K. For details, please visit the Flying Pig 5K event page

Weekly Group Training Sessions

Beginning Saturday, March 18, participants will complete 3.6 miles each week through wheeling, walking and/or running. Participants will rack up these miles over a 7-week period. We will offer weekly group training sessions on Saturdays where participants can cover at least two miles each session. Participants will then complete the additional mileage on their own as they learn to incorporate physical activity into their lives each week.

The final mile of the marathon will be completed by crossing the finish line of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon on Saturday, May 6! 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 and 5K Training Program includes the following dates:

  • Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10:00 am
  • Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10:00 am
  • Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 10:00 am
  • Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10:00 am
  • Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 10:00 am
  • Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10:00 am
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 10:00 am
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Flying Pig!


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


Progressive Marathon Training

  • Free for patient participants
  • $15 for supporters (one supporter per participant)
  • Fees are for the Flying Pig 26th Mile

5K Training

  • $35 through March 15
  • $40 beginning March 16
  • Fees are for the Flying Pig 5K


Participants will receive:

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