Step Forward
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The Vision of Step Forward

Featured in Runner’s World Magazine and highlighted in many news stories, Step Forward unites and mobilizes volunteers to help men and women in addiction recovery at City Gospel Mission to break the cycle of poverty, despair and addiction. We show God’s love to them while training for and then participating in the Cincinnati Flying Pig. The team was launched in 2008 as a way to educate and involve addiction recovery participants in the important role physical fitness, teamwork, setting and achieving goals while going through their addiction recovery journey. Our 3 month training program leads up to participating in various races on Flying Pig Marathon weekend.

72% of men and women that go through drug addiction recovery at City Gospel Mission are sober, have safe housing, and have a job 2 years after graduating and leaving the program. Many have a church home! The national average is 35%. 80% of the people in recovery at City Gospel Mission come here with Heroin and Opioid addictions.

100% of the participants in our addiction recovery program and homeless services that have started their Flying Pig race have crossed the finish line and completed their Flying Pig race!


Will you join us in 2018?

We need you, the community, to come along side of, walk with, run with, engage, encourage, have fun and support these men and women to reach their goals of crossing the Flying Pig finish line. More importantly, you can help transform their lives! This works!

  • Beginning February 3: Boot Camp practices take place every Saturday morning in February.
  • Beginning March 3: We practice Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings during March and April.
  • May 5-6, 2018: The Flying Pig races!
  • View the 2018 calendar.

To find out how to join or if you have questions, please contact David Pinson at or (513) 377-5650. For media inquiries, please contact Tim Curtis at (513) 345-1030 or

“The race (Flying Pig Marathon) is the first thing that I’ve ever completed in my life” –Sue, former Heroin addict who lost 60 LBS while training, leading up to the Flying Pig. She credits Step Forward for being a “springboard” to achieving success in life.

“I believe God is working a miracle. I am just following Him, doing what I’m prompted to do in giving my time and money to help these people who want to be helped. They’re not looking for a hand out like some are on street corners. They are looking for guidance and how to change. They’ve chosen this. The people I’m training with want to change and be responsible for themselves and their families. I’m just acting on what I’m supposed to do”. – Brian, Step Forward volunteer and donor

Flying Pig Marathon registration is closed for 2018. If you still want to join the team, contact Dave Pinson at

Start your own fundraising page

Donate to a Step Forward walker or runner

View the 2018 Step Forward training and event calendar

Step Forward Brochure & Registration Form PDF

Featured Videos

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Click on the photos to watch inspiring Step Forward participants and their stories.