Cincinnati, Ohio – Flying Pig Marathon Weekend, one of the largest and most popular running events in the United States, has announced the addition of two new divisions for 2023: a 10K Handcycle Division and a Para Athlete Division. These new divisions will provide opportunities for athletes with physical disabilities to showcase their athletic abilities in a “supportive and inclusive” environment during Flying Pig Marathon Weekend, which is scheduled for May 5 through 7.
While planning to add these new divisions, the Flying Pig Marathon partnered with The Bridge Adaptive Sports and Recreation, a non profit dedicated to breaking down barriers to sport and recreation for people with disabilities in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Bridge has worked with the race to ensure the new divisions will be safe and accessible for all participants.
The Toyota 10K Handcycle Division will allow handcycle athletes to participate in a timed 10K race on Saturday, May 6th. Handcycles are specially designed bicycles powered by the user’s arms rather than their legs. The top three male and female 10K Handcycle division athletes will be recognized with awards.
The Para Athlete Division will offer opportunities for athletes with physical disabilities to participate. This division will include a range of events, including the 5K, 10K, and full and half marathons. The top three male and female Para Athletes in each event will receive an award.
“We are thrilled to add these new divisions to the Flying Pig Marathon Weekend,” said Iris Simpson Bush, CEO of the Flying Pig Marathon. “We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to participate, and we are excited to provide that opportunity to handcycle athletes and para athletes. We hope that these new divisions will inspire more people to get involved in our race experiences while making the Flying Pig Marathon Weekend even more diverse, inclusive and accessible.”
Registration for the 2023 Flying Pig Marathon Weekend is open, and athletes interested in participating in the new 10K Handcycle Division and Para Athlete Division can sign up by reaching out to [email protected]
What is the Bridge?
We are a diverse group of professionals who envision a community where people, regardless of ability, can fully participate in competitive and leisure activities.
Our mission is to increase awareness and promote opportunities for individuals to participate in adaptive sports and recreation in order to improve their quality of life.
Understanding the challenges to doing this alone, we are bringing together the community to share, collaborate, create and redefine adaptive sport opportunities as we know them.
We are bridging the gap from clinic to community by connecting people with disabilities to adaptive equipment & existing adaptive sports programs – and by creating what does not yet exist. Learn more…
The Flying Pig PigAbilities is a movement for inclusion that supports our families and friends who live with disabilities. Our one-mile event is designed for participants (and supporters of participants) to run, walk or roll at their own pace so they can cross the official Flying Pig Marathon Finish Swine, just like everyone else.
Download PigAbilities info here
All registered participants will receive a shirt, finisher medal, limited-edition poster, and a Flying Pig bag.
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