NBCSports and NBCOlympics, in conjunction with online sports broadcaster Media Zone
, will provide LIVE online coverage of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s Marathon from New York City on Saturday, November 3 and the 2007 ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 4. All the latest marathon action can be accessed at NBCSports.com/marathon
The action kicks off on Saturday as the top American male athletes compete for the chance to represent the U.S. in Beijing next summer with LIVE streaming coverage of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s Marathon. The race is set to begin at Rockefeller Center and will be streamed in its entirety for FREE via the Web. The start of the race will be broadcast LIVE nationally on NBC's "The Today Show" at 7:35 a.m. ET. This marks the first time ever that an Olympic Trials event is available LIVE online.
"NBC Olympics and NBCOlympics.com are excited to broadcast the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for the Men's Marathon – the first-ever LIVE streaming of a U.S. Olympic Trials event. Over the next year, NBCOlympics.com will continue to cover the Road to Beijing with news, scores and results, feature reporting and LIVE streaming video," said Perkins Miller, senior VP, Digital Media, NBC Sports & Olympics.
On Marathon Sunday, the world will then watch as some of the world’s legendary distance runners compete for over $2 million in prize money at the 38th running of the ING New York City Marathon. As a special highlight, the female winner of the inaugural World Marathon Majors crown and the chance to win an additional $500,000 prize will also be decided in New York. The online broadcast will begin at 9:30 a.m. ET, and is set to include LIVE chat features, commentary when watching On Demand and a three-hour world feed.
Sunday's race is available LIVE online for only $4.99, while Saturday's race will be broadcast for FREE – both at NBCSports.com/marathon
COVERAGE ON NBC SPORTS:
NBC Sports commentator Al Trautwig is joined by former Olympic long-distance runner Lynn Jennings, and veteran road-racing journalist Toni Reavis for highlights of the Olympic Trials from Central Park in New York City. Coverage on NBC Sports can be seen on Saturday, November 3 from 2:00-2:30 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports will broadcast highlights of the 2007 ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 4 from 3:00-4:00 p.m., ET, hosted by NBC Sports’ Jimmy Roberts. The broadcast will feature the 38th running of the 26.2-mile race seen by 2.5 million spectators as runners pace through New York City’s five boroughs and finish at Tavern on the Green in world-famous Central Park.