In the 1800’s Cincinnati was called “Porkopolis” because of all the stockyards and the meat packing industry. In fact, they often ran pigs through the downtown streets. In the 1980’s when the riverfront was being developed, they commissioned a nationally renowned sculptor/artist to design something that was indicative of Cincinnati’s history and we now have Flying Pigs welcoming you to the riverfront. When the founders of the marathon were looking for a name for the event back in ‘97 “Flying Pig” brought smiles to everyone’s face so that seemed most appropriate.
My training is complete, now I wait until Sunday @ 6:30am to run through the streets of downtown celebrating accomplishment. Most times running for my activity or running a race for a good cause results in a smile on my face. But it ALWAYS results in a mood boost. I explain the feeling in my mind is like a clean white sheet drying in the wind…crisp, clean, clear.
Here’s a link to read more about the science of exercise and mood boost.