First TQL Urban Race Obstacles Revealed

Runners, get ready to step up your game in a fall race that promises to be a total body challenge. TQL Urban Race today released sketches and details about three of the 12 obstacles that runners will face during Cincinnati’s first-ever downtown obstacle race, presented by Total Quality Logistics and managed by The Flying Pig Marathon.


  • Tiger Flights, Obstacle 5 – A more-than-300-step stair climb to the top of Paul Brown Stadium. Hustle through the concourse of the concrete jungle and then sprint your way back down the exit ramps.

  • The Junkyard, Obstacle 2 – Climb, leap, jump, and hurdle over the urban traffic jam of vehicles clogging the race path.

  • Tread Lightly, Obstacle 9 – Running through tires on flat ground is a challenge. Running through them on an incline is an obstacle. Pick your knees up high and chop your feet through hundreds of tires as you climb up the exit ramp from Gest to Linn Street. This obstacle is sponsored by AAA|Bob Sumerel Tire & Service 


TQL Urban Race takes place Saturday, October 12. The race begins and ends at the newly-renovated Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine and will route runners approximately 3.5 miles through the streets of downtown. The race is open to anyone age 16 and up and organizers encourage runners of varying fitness abilities to consider signing up.
“This will be a fun, but tough to moderate challenge for most competitors,” said Jo Wehage, marketing director at TQL. “There will be an option at each obstacle for racers to take a time penalty instead of participating in the challenge. We want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable at this race. You won’t be eligible for the cash prizes if you don’t complete an obstacle, but you will still have a fantastic time being part of an event that is completely new to the city of Cincinnati.”  

Obstacles will continue to be unveiled weekly, now through the beginning of September. Stay up-to-date as the challenges are revealed by following TQL Urban Race on Facebook at or Twitter @TQLUrbanRace.
A portion of the proceeds from TQL Urban Race will be donated to the Marvin Lewis Community Fund and the Reds Community Fund.



Total Quality Logistics is the second largest freight brokerage firm in the nation, with more than $1.3 billion in annual sales. The company, founded in 1997, is privately-held and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, with 17 additional satellite locations across the nation. TQL was ranked among the nation's 150 Top Workplaces in 2013 in one of the largest-ever surveys of U.S. companies, with more than 1 million employees participating nationwide. TQL also was named by Inc. Magazine as a leading company for creating American jobs and by Glassdoor as one of the top companies for career opportunities. TQL employs more than 2,000 people nationwide.




The TQL Urban Race is a rugged obstacle course spread across downtown Cincinnati. Skip the two-hour drive to a corn field. THIS is your chance to test your physical strength, your carnal stamina, and your emotional courage, right here in the Queen City. In the spirit of the workforce at Total Quality Logistics, we're looking for the tough, the brave, and the relentless to lace up for more than five unyielding kilometers. Take on the challenge, hear the people cheer, and then celebrate hard at the post-race, victory party.
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