Packet Pickup (unless you were part of a group who picked up early)
For Kids 26th Mile participants, we strongly encourage packet pick-up at the expo on Friday, May 5.
However, on-site packet pick-up will be available for Saturday events on-site race morning at the East Plaza level of Paul Brown Stadium beginning at 6:30am.
Mile packets will not be available for pickup at the expo on Saturday. There is no race day registration. Registration ends at the end of the expo on Friday.
Expo Packet Pickup - Friday, May 4th only:
The P&G Health and Fitness Expo will again fill all three halls of the Duke Energy Convention Center! When you enter the convention center, you'll be able to pick up your packet, visit our vendors and charity partners and collect your race premium items. The Duke Energy Center is located at 525 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. The expo is open from 12-7 p.m. on Friday, May 4 and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5.
School buses will have a designated area in the bus lane along Central Ave right outside of Paul Brown Stadium (West Side).
Metro buses may offer an easy and convenient way to travel to and from the event. Check schedules at
to see how easy it can be to leave the driving and parking to someone else. Parking in Northern Kentucky and walking across one of the bridges is also a great option.
Start Line Waves/Group Staging Area
Plan to arrive at Paul Brown Stadium by 11:30am. The Start Line Waves will begin on the East Plaza Level of Paul Brown Stadium. Each school/group will have a sign on a post to hold up. Your group leader will get these at packet pickup and each group should have a plan for meeting and reuniting. If you are not part of a group or school, you will be permitted to enter the starting/on-deck areas as we process all of the groups through. Thank you for your patience as we work hard to make this as smooth and safe as possible.
"Wave" Race Starts begin at 12 p.m.
The Kids Marathon 26
Mile has nearly 4,000 participants. Most are in an organized group. We have assigned groups to 1 of 5 waves that will go off in 8 minute intervals, beginning at 12 p.m. This is to keep the Finish Line flowing smoothly and the children safe. If you are not part of a group, we recommend that you start in Wave 5.
Family/Group Reunion Area:
Near the corner of Elm and Mehring Way, parents and group leaders will have access to Smale Park where the Sprint Family Fun Festival will be held. The participants will exit the secured Finish Line near this area. The reunion area will be located inside Smale Park near the Finish Line exit. Please instruct your family/group to meet in the reunion area marked with "Reunion" signage, underneath the existing fruit structure. Groups: it is a good idea to have a helper hold your group sign in this area to help identify your group.
Sprint Family Fun Festival at Smale Park:
After completing the Kids' Marathon 26th Mile please join the fun at our post-race party in Smale Park. The mascot parade and Flying Piglet Fun Run races will start at 1pm. Enjoy fun games in the Kids Zone, feast on a First Watch pancakes, and visit other booths for special goodies. Interactive games and more fun will be on hand for all.