Friends, past participants, and fellow runners,

Thank you for your support of River Cities Relay.

The River Cities Relay board has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2018 race. We have enjoyed and appreciated your support in the past, but in preparing for this year’s race, it has become clear due to greater competition in sponsorship funds and a crowded race landscape, that the event is not fiscally viable moving forward.

River Cities Relay was created to promote health, wellness and community vibrancy in the Northern Kentucky river cities while raising funds to support local charitable organizations. It is our hope that you all will continue to support this vision with your charitable giving in the future.

Thank you so much!
River Cities Relay Board

Highlighting the beauty of Northern Kentucky’s riverfront communities and rolling hills

Promoting Community Vibrancy, showcasing local organizations

Embracing Regionalism, sharing the coveted view of Cincinnati that can be found only in Kentucky

Proceeds to benefit local charities, as determined through thoughtful selection process

4-person Relay Teams will share the journey

Bridge with trees

Leg 1 departs at 6pm from the vibrant Newport on the Levee, through quaint downtown Bellevue and past the development of new million dollar homes along Dayton’s Manhattan Harbour, before circling back to the first relay stop at Bellevue Beach Park.

Fairfield Avenue sign
Bridge in distance

Leg 2 takes us back through Newport and past the Purple People Bridge, over the Licking River into Covington, across the Roebling Bridge and back to the Covington Landing.

Race map

Leg 3 is for the power runner, heading across Covington and up the hill to Devou Park, back past the Behringer-Crawford Museum to the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, where the breathtaking view of the Ohio River and Cincinnati skyline will be a worthwhile reward.

Path in the woods
City with bridges

Leg 4 brings us down the scenic hillside and back into Newport, where the relay team will rendezvous at General James Taylor Park, running the last half-mile and across the finish line together.




Once created, Riverfront Commons will make the south bank of the Ohio River the most interesting walkway/bikeway in the midwest.

  • Created by:Leadership Northern Kentucky Class of 2016
  • Professionally managed by:Shawn Verhoff and John Cappella, Race Directors for the Flying Pig Marathon
  • Endorsed by the Flying Pig Marathon, with its highly regarded “Squeal of Approval”

Supporting the River Cities Relay

St. Elizabeth Health CareOfficial Flying Pig Marathon

After Party @ Newport on the Levee

After party picture

After Party Band

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