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Thursday, April 11th, 2019
DESIREE LINDEN AIMS TO BECOME FIRST AMERICAN IN 39 YEARS TO REPEAT AS BOSTON MARATHON WINNER, LIVE THIS MON., APRIL 15, AT 8:30 AM ET ON NBCSN
NBC Sports to Profile NASCAR Star Jimmie Johnson, Expected to Run His First Boston Marathon on Monday – 36 Hours After Racing Saturday Night in Richmond
Live, Commercial-Free Coverage Available with NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass”
Special “Finish Line” Camera Feed Available on NBCSports.com & NBC Sports app
Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA to Present Preview Show This Sunday, April 14 at 4 p.m. ET
All Olympic Sports Coverage Across NBC Sports Platforms is a Presentation of Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 11, 2019 – NBC Sports presents live coverage of the 123rd annual Boston Marathon this Monday, April 15, at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN, as Desiree Linden aims to become the first American in nearly four decades to win back-to-back Boston Marathons (Bill Rodgers, 1978-80). Coverage will be streamed live on NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass” commercial-free.
Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will kick off the weekend with encore presentations of the 2014-2018 Boston Marathons beginning this Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m. ET, and will present the Boston Marathon Preview Show on Sunday, April 14, at 4 p.m. ET.
The Boston Marathon Preview Show features NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson, as he joins Steve Letarte in Richmond, VA ahead of his NASCAR race Saturday night to discuss why he’s running the Boston Marathon and the parallels between the two sports. On Monday’s NBCSN coverage, Johnson will join reporter Trenni Kusnierek in the start town of Hopkinton ahead of his debut in the race. Fans can watch Johnson’s finish with NBC Sports’ finish-line camera feed that will be streamed all day at NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. 2014 Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi will also appear as a guest on Sunday’s preview show on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.
Held annually on Patriots’ Day, the Boston Marathon is the oldest (since 1897) and one of the most prestigious marathons in the world. Running from Hopkinton and weaving through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and Brookline, 30,000 runners aim to finish in downtown Boston.
The elite field is headlined by nine Boston Marathon champions, including Linden, who last year became the first U.S. woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985. She leads a deep field of Americans that are expected to contend for the podium, including Jordan Hasay, who finished 3rd in her first Boston Marathon in 2017 and Sara Hall, who makes her Boston Marathon debut.
Headlining the U.S. team in the wheelchair field is five-time winner and defending champion Tatyana McFadden and Daniel Romanchuk, who won the 2018 TCS New York City and Bank of America Chicago Marathons.
Paul Swangard calls the action on NBCSN, joined by analysts Craig Masback, Carrie Tollefson, and reporter Trenni Kusnierek.
Swangard will also host the Boston Marathon Preview Show, joined by Masback, Tollefson, and Kusnierek.
Live marathon coverage continues with the London Marathon on Sunday, April 28, at 4 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Live, commercial-free coverage of the London Marathon and the Hamburg Marathon will also be streamed with a subscription to NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass.”
Coverage on NBCSN will be streamed via authentication on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA content will be streamed via authentication on NBCSports.com, OlympicChannel.com, the NBC Sports app, and the Olympic Channel app.
All Olympic sport coverage televised and streamed across NBC Sports platforms is presented by Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.
Below the full schedule for NBC Sports Group’s April marathon coverage (all times ET, subject to change):
|Sat., April 13||8 p.m.||2014 Boston Marathon||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Sat., April 13||10 p.m.||2015 Boston Marathon||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Sat., April 13||Midnight||2014 Boston Marathon||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Sun., April 14||6 a.m.||2014 Boston Marathon||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Sun., April 14||8 a.m.||2015 Boston Marathon||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Sun., April 14||10 a.m.||2016 Boston Marathon||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Sun., April 14||1 p.m.||2017 Boston Marathon||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Sun., April 14||4 p.m.||Boston Marathon Preview Show||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Sun., April 14||5 p.m.||2018 Boston Marathon||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Mon., April 15||8:30 a.m.||Boston Marathon (LIVE)||NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., April 20||2 a.m.||Paris Marathon (encore)||NBCSN|
|Sun., April 28||4 a.m.||London Marathon (LIVE)||NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold|
NBC SPORTS GOLD: NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product — offers access to the Boston and London marathons with its “Track and Field Pass.”
NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass” gives fans access to major marathons, and top U.S. and international track and field events through December 2019. The direct-to-consumer pass offers fans unprecedented coverage — including some exclusive coverage beyond what is available on linear TV in the United States — live and on-demand, online, on mobile, tablets and connected TV devices.
NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass,” is available for $74.99 and can be purchased by visiting NBCSportsGold.com. NBC Sports Gold is available on Apple iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and online at NBCSportsGold.com.
NBC SPORTS APP: The NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will stream coverage via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Win10, and Xbox.
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