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Pig organizers squealing for Rio de Janeiro


Flying Pig Marathon organizers are hoping the "Road to Rio Runs through Cincinnati." That's the slogan for their bid to host the 2016 Olympic marathon trials.

Ryan Hall won the 2008 trials and placed 10th in Beijing. He's helping with the bid and race course design. Hall says Cincinnati has great energy.

"I have no doubt in my mind after previewing the course and being here in Cincinnati that this will provide the perfect place for us to draw on that energy to get every ounce of what we have out of us on race day. And ultimately help American decide who are the best three guys and the best three woman to represent our country at the Rio 2016 Games," he says.

Cincinnati's bid will be officially submitted next week and a winner will be announced by the end of the year.

If selected, organizers are aiming to host the trials in October 2015.

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