The Flying Pig Marathon and Half Marathon will have slightly different routes this year because of construction projects in Newport and Hyde Park/Oakley.
The start line will still be on Mehring Way between Elm and Central Avenue, but will be moved a couple of hundred feet to the west to keep the marathon at 26.2 miles, and the half marathon at 13.1.
From Start Line to Mile 5:
Entering Newport on the Taylor Southgate Bridge, participants turn left off the bridge onto 3rd Street. Two blocks later, turn right onto Saratoga, then another right on 4th Street and the usual route.
Entering Cincinnati from Covington, runners and walkers will turn left off Clay Wade Bailey bridge as usual, then at the first intersection turn right onto Gest Street and bear right to 7th Street and back to the usual route.
From Miles 11 through 18 on the full marathon route:
On Erie Avenue, after Hyde Park Square, continue straight on Erie Avenue past Paxton and into East Hyde Park where the route has re-joined Erie Avenue in the past.
At the bottom of the hill on Erie Avenue, just past half way, turn right onto Murray Road and go just past the traffic triangle before turning around and returning to Erie Avenue.
The route goes two blocks longer on the Fairfax Bike Trail, turning left off it at Germania Street, then bearing left on Bancroft Street and then right onto Watterson Road.
Organizers say since both road projects are expected to be completed before the 2018 races, the Flying Pig should be back on its regular course next year.