Flying Pig Marathon

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It's Flying Pig Marathon weekend in Cincinnati. Runners of all kinds are preparing for everything from the the full marathon to fun runs and 5Ks.

Events begin Friday evening. The marathon begins around 6:30 Sunday morning.

This week, Cincinnati is hosting the National Sports Forum.   Jackie Reau with the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation says it's another opportunity to get the area more national, and international attention.

"There are about a thousand people here from really all over the country, representing all the four major league sporting bodies, as well as a number of colleges, universities, sporting properties, and also vendors who supply the sporting industry," Reau says.

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Flying Pig Marathon organizers are adding pets into the mix with the first "Flying Fur Run."

The 2-mile dog/owner run will be held on Saturday May 3 beginning at 1:30 p.m. near the Purple People Bridge.

Communication Manager Jason Taylor says this event "could be a warm-up for marathon participants."

For every dog and owner who sign up, IAMS will donate 1 large bag of pet food to the Cincinnati SPCA.

You can register for the IAMS event here.

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Flying Pig Marathon organizers are hoping the "Road to Rio Runs through Cincinnati." That's the slogan for their bid to host the 2016 Olympic marathon trials.

Ryan Hall won the 2008 trials and placed 10th in Beijing. He's helping with the bid and race course design. Hall says Cincinnati has great energy.

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If convicted, a Colerain Township man faces up to six years in prison for a series of incidents at the Flying Pig Marathon and related events. The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office has indicted 49 year old David Moore, a registered marathon participant on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and menacing by stalking.

A registered Flying Pig participant is charged with Carrying Concealed Weapon /Failure to Inform Law Enforcement Officer and Menacing by Stalking.  

In a release Thursday, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters  said the Cincinnati Police filed the charges against 49-year-old David Moore. 

The bombings at the Boston Marathon have caused emergency personnel and event organizers across the country to re-evaluate their security plans.

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Flying Pig Marathon organizers say they're taking extraordinary measures to reassess and strengthen security plans.

There will be a larger police presence and extra volunteers to watch out for anything suspicious.

Executive Director Iris Simpson-Bush says everyone is encouraged to bring less.

Participants will have to put items in clear bags if they want them transported from the start line to the finish. Spectators with bags are being warned they could be subject to search.

Update Tuesday from organizers of the Flying Pig Marathon:

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