RaceRaves crowns Flying Pig Marathon as America’s Rave Race in March Lunacy tournament
Squeal loud and proud Cincinnati, because your Flying Pig Marathon has reclaimed its coveted title as America’s Rave Race.
Tens of thousands of runners across the country cast their votes in the third March Lunacy tournament hosted by RaceRaves.com, propelling Ohio’s largest annual marathon event to its second March Lunacy championship.
To give avid runners a tournament of their own, RaceRaves created a “March Madness for races” featuring 64 top U.S. road and trail races of all distances. Events in four geographic regions were seeded based on the number of 2018 finishers as well as RaceRaves reviews, with the exception of last year’s Final Four contenders which each earned a #1 seed. Voting was conducted in seven rounds over three weeks, with races that earned the most votes advancing to the next round.
The Final Four was an epic showdown of familiar heavyweights and spirited Cinderellas, with both matchups decided in a one-day overtime thriller (a tournament first). The ever-popular Flying Pig outlasted the patriotic powerhouse Marine Corps Marathon to set up a championship matchup against Appalachian favorite Hatfield McCoy Marathon, which edged out the breathtaking Glacier Half by the slimmest of margins.
But when the final buzzer sounded, Flying Pig soared above the rest, withstanding a furious late rally by Hatfield McCoy to win by the hair of its chinny chin chin. In securing its second March Lunacy title, Flying Pig capped a consistently strong tournament performance that echoed its rating of 4.8/5.0 across over 230 reviews.
Meanwhile, with its storybook rise from 15-seed to South Region champ and tournament finalist, Hatfield McCoy cemented its national reputation as a small-town race with big-time heart.
“On behalf of the Flying Pig Marathon team, we’re thrilled by this accolade and grateful to RaceRaves and to all our runners and supporters who voted us America’s Rave Race,” said Iris Simpson Bush, Executive Director of the Flying Pig Marathon. “This award belongs to the entire Pig community, and we invite all runners to join us in Cincinnati and experience the Pig for themselves as we look forward to producing another world-class event this May.”
The 21st running of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon takes place May 3–5, 2019, while the Hatfield McCoy Marathon celebrates its 20th anniversary on June 8, 2019. Registration is filling fast for both events, which offer a variety of distances for runners of all ages and skill levels.
“We’re thrilled to congratulate the Pig team on its well-deserved win in our third annual March Lunacy tournament,” said RaceRaves Co-founder Mike Sohaskey. “And we’re excited once again to showcase the diversity of quality running events across the country. The enthusiastic response to this year’s tournament reaffirms RaceRaves as the premier resource to help runners of all levels discover the best races around the world, from well-known events to hidden gems.”
The final March Lunacy bracket and tournament results can be found on RaceRaves.com.