'This decision was not made lightly': Flying Pig director issues statement after 6-year-old allowed to run

‘This decision was not made lightly’: Flying Pig director issues statement after 6-year-old allowed to run

Following controversy surrounding the decision to allow a 6-year-old boy to run in the full marathon, the director of the Flying Pig Marathon issued an open letter.The organizers of the race have taken a lot of heat and have since announced changes they will be making. The rule to run the Flying Pig is that you have to be 18 years old to participate in the full marathon, 14 years old to run in the half marathon and 12 years old to run in the 10K.But on Sunday morning, a little boy from Bellevue, Kentucky, who’s 6 years old completed the full marathon, a 26.2 mile race, with his parents. It took him more than 8.5 hours.Eight members of the same family were registered together.The 6-year-old boy was the youngest. An 11-year-old girl also completed the race also finishing in about eight and a half hours. Organizers were aware that he was participating. This family has competed for years and have often included some of their kids, whether they were allowed or not, so organizers of the Flying Pig allowed the boy to run so they could offer support if need be.Race organizers say they plan to enforce the age limits moving forward.The director of the marathon, Iris Simpson Bush, issued an open letter, responding to questions of their decision. See the full letter below.”The Flying Pig Marathon takes the safety and security of all participants very seriously.We receive numerous requests for special accommodations each year and carefully evaluate each. Our goal is to provide a positive race experience for all participants while supporting them along the course. The Flying Pig Marathon was founded on the ideal of hosting a world-class road race experience and we will always strive to do so.Please allow me to share the reasons for the decision to allow a minor to participate in this year’s race.This decision was not made lightly. The father was determined to do the race with his young child regardless. They had done it as bandits, in prior years, before we had any knowledge of it and we knew he was likely to do so again.The intent was to try to offer protection and support if they were on our course (Medical, Fluid and Replenishment).Our decision was intended for some amount of safety and protection for the child. The family finished the race after the formal closure of the course.I assume full responsibility for the decision and accept that it was not the best course of action. Our requirement of 18+ for participation in the marathon will be strictly observed moving forward.”

Following controversy surrounding the decision to allow a 6-year-old boy to run in the full marathon, the director of the Flying Pig Marathon issued an open letter.

The organizers of the race have taken a lot of heat and have since announced changes they will be making.

The rule to run the Flying Pig is that you have to be 18 years old to participate in the full marathon, 14 years old to run in the half marathon and 12 years old to run in the 10K.

But on Sunday morning, a little boy from Bellevue, Kentucky, who’s 6 years old completed the full marathon, a 26.2 mile race, with his parents. It took him more than 8.5 hours.

Eight members of the same family were registered together.

The 6-year-old boy was the youngest. An 11-year-old girl also completed the race also finishing in about eight and a half hours.

Organizers were aware that he was participating. This family has competed for years and have often included some of their kids, whether they were allowed or not, so organizers of the Flying Pig allowed the boy to run so they could offer support if need be.
Race organizers say they plan to enforce the age limits moving forward.

The director of the marathon, Iris Simpson Bush, issued an open letter, responding to questions of their decision. See the full letter below.

“The Flying Pig Marathon takes the safety and security of all participants very seriously.

We receive numerous requests for special accommodations each year and carefully evaluate each. Our goal is to provide a positive race experience for all participants while supporting them along the course. The Flying Pig Marathon was founded on the ideal of hosting a world-class road race experience and we will always strive to do so.

Please allow me to share the reasons for the decision to allow a minor to participate in this year’s race.

This decision was not made lightly. The father was determined to do the race with his young child regardless. They had done it as bandits, in prior years, before we had any knowledge of it and we knew he was likely to do so again.

The intent was to try to offer protection and support if they were on our course (Medical, Fluid and Replenishment).

Our decision was intended for some amount of safety and protection for the child. The family finished the race after the formal closure of the course.

I assume full responsibility for the decision and accept that it was not the best course of action. Our requirement of 18+ for participation in the marathon will be strictly observed moving forward.”

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