Oakwood grad to defend winning title this year at Flying Pig Marathon

CINCINNATI — An Oakwood graduate will be back to defend his title at the Flying Pig Marathon this weekend.

Jack Randall, an Oakwood High School graduate, won his first Flying Pig last year in 2:33:46. Randall called the 26.2-mile victory “a dream.”

“I honestly did not think it was possible … until probably around Mile 10. There were three of us up there and I could see first place. I thought, ‘Man, if I can get him by (Mile) 16, I think I can do it,” Randall said.

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Randall passed Gloyeske between Miles 15 and 16 and never relinquished control. Randall is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.

About 40,000 people have registered so far to run races of a variety of lengths, highlighted by the full marathon Sunday with some 7,000 participants expected. Runners are expected this weekend from all 50 states and some 20 countries.

Forty-three-year-old Kerry Lee, cross country coach at suburban Anderson High School, will try to repeat her first women's marathon victory after six years of finishing in the top three.

The marathon in Cincinnati dates to 1999, deriving its name from the city's "Porkopolis" nickname from its 19th century pork-packing era.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.

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