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!