Sunday, May 4, 2003

Locals win the Flying Pig



By Shannon Russell
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Runners start
Runners take off along Mehring Way.
(Photo by Craig Ruttle)
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There was no finer swine than the fifth annual Flying Pig Marathon, which featured a record-number entrants, near-perfect weather and - for the first time in Pig history - two local marathon winners.

A record 9,762 walkers and runners lined up behind Paul Brown Stadium between 6:25 and 6:50 a.m. for the Wheelchair Race, Flying Pig Marathon, Ernst & Young 4-Person Relay, Outback Steakhouse 2-Person Relay and Papa John's 10K race.

Walnut Hills graduate John Aerni, 23, is the first Cincinnati man to win the marathon. Aerni finished the Pig in 2:27:44.

"It's pretty cool," Aerni said. "I didn't know the whole history, but I kind of had that goal (winning) going in."

West Chester resident Lisa Veneziano captured the women's marathon title in 2:57:54 after barely making it to the race. She was stuck in a traffic jam until minutes before the start.

"I felt pretty good though," Veneziano said. "I knew early in the race I was going to have a good one."

Chicago native Cameron Stuber won the first annual 10K race in 32:12 and Loveland Middle School eighth grader Sarah Leeper won the women's 10K in 39:43.

Defending wheelchair race Chad Johnson made it two in a row Sunday, winning in 2:00.50.

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