From UniversalSports.com –
Universal Sports Network will provide live television and online coverage of the 2012 Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET. The marathon will air on Universal Sports Network, with live streaming available on UniversalSports.com and through BAA.org. The television and online coverage will showcase more than 20,000 runners tackling the historic 26.2 mile course, including many of the world’s elite marathoners.
The network will provide pre- and post-race studio coverage presented by X Endurance, featuring host Paul Sunderland alongside analyst and elite distance runner Todd Williams. In addition to the Boston Marathon, Universal Sports Network will also air the 2012 Rotterdam Marathon ($4.99 to watch online) on Monday, April 16 at 10 p.m. ET and the 2012 Virgin London Marathon on Sunday, April 22 at 1 p.m. ET.
These races are a part of the network’s Marathon Mondays throughout April. Sponsored by Slow Mag, Marathon Mondays provide a six-hour evening block of marathon coverage reliving the best marathons of both past and present.
In one what is considered one of the top international fields ever, reigning champions Geoffrey Mutai and Caroline Kilel will headline the 116th running of the Boston Marathon. Mutai is the fastest marathoner in history and the only man to ever set course records at both the Boston and New York City Marathons in the same year, which he did in 2011. Challenging Mutai are 2011 Boston Marathon third place finisher and 2010 New York City Marathon champion Gebre Gebremarim, 2010 Boston Marathon champion Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot, 2011 Amsterdam and Rotterdam winner Wilson Chebet, and 2011 Chicago second and third place finishers Wesley Korir and Bernard Kipyego.
Women’s champion Kilel will face competition from teammates Sharon Cherop and Caroline Rotich who finished third and fourth in last year’s race, as well as 2011 New York City Marathon winner Firehiwot Dado and runner-up Buzunesh Deba.
Universal Sports Network is home to three World Marathon Majors (WMM), offering multiplatform coverage of the Boston Marathon, Virgin London Marathon and Berlin Marathon. Additional endurance sports programming on the network includes the Rotterdam Marathon, Honda LAMarathon, Kona Ironman and the ITU Triathlon World Championship Series.
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