Friday, October 19, 2007

Olympic Marathon Trials on National TV -- Sort of

Running hasn't exactly reached the level of TV supremacy that the NFL enjoys, but you have to start somewhere.

The start of the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon on Saturday, November 3rd, is in Rockefeller Plaza and will be televised live on NBC’s Today show. The entire race will be streamed live on Additionally, a half-hour highlight show will air nationally on NBC that afternoon (subject to local listings).

This is a pretty big step for the sport and is perhaps a reflection of how popular the marathon has become in the US. It still has a long way to go, but an exciting race on November 3rd followed by a strong American performance in Beijing could do wonders for getting greater exposure for American long distance running.

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