Flying Pig is first fundraiser for Stepping Stones’ Young Leaders

Meredith Borchers

Meredith Borchers

Stepping Stones’ new Young Leaders group will hit the ground running –

so to speak – at the Flying Pig Marathon events April 30 and May 1.

The Flying Pig, which brings together tens of thousands of supporters for Greater Cincinnati charities each spring, has something for every activity level, with participation opportunities for professional runners, fun runners, walkers and those who want to support them with donations for their favorite charity.

This year, Stepping Stones’ Young Leaders group will work to boost the donation level for Team Stepping Stones.

“We’re getting a team together to raise money and raise awareness for Stepping Stones,” said Meredith Borchers, who chairs the group.

Team Stepping Stones runners are a combination of longtime and new supporters from students to business owners to retirees. The Young Leaders are the team’s newest cheerleaders – a growing group of professionals, ages 22 through 40, who believe you can make a difference and have fun at the same time.

The Young Leaders group is designed to inspire a younger generation of supporters.

“At this point, we’re in the very early stages of everything,” said Borchers. “We’re just starting up. It’s a great time to get in at the beginning of something important, to be part of an organization that does such amazing things.”

Stepping Stones’ Flying Pig Team is open to all ages. Each participant gets a Stepping Stones T-shirt, admission to the post-race party, a discount when registering for Flying Pig events   and a personal fundraising page. Those who raise more than $500 get free Flying Pig registration. Stepping Stones can help participants set up a Web Giving page.

To get involved: Mary Ellen Lintner, 965-5103, or

The Pig events

The Flying Pig weekend, April 29-May 1, includes everything from the full marathon on Sunday, to non-competitive events for children, events for people and their dogs, competitive relays, and the Pigabilities for those with disabilities – or without. The weekend kicks off with a Health and Fitness Expo Friday that continues on Saturday and all three days end with a chance to pig out and party.


Charities have raised over $13 million by teaming with the Flying Pig. Many use the Flying Pig events (5K, 10K, Open Relay, Half-marathon, Full Marathon, 3-Way and 4-Way) as a fundraiser.

Others raise funds by providing volunteers to help with events, promoting the Piggest Raffle Ever, or collecting pledges and sponsors.

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