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Posted: June 15, 2009  :

(RRW) Athletics: Network Coverage Doubles For ING New York City Marathon

From David Monti

© 2009 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

NEW YORK (15-Jun) -- Network television coverage of the ING New York City Marathon will double under a new three-year agreement reached between the New York Road Runners, NBC Sports and WNBC.

Under the terms of the new deal, the same-day tape-delay coverage of the marathon on Sunday, November 1, will be expanded to two hours from one hour, broadcast on NBC Sports from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The tape-delayed show will follow five hours of live coverage on WNBC, the local NBC affiliate here.

"The ING New York City Marathon is one of the iconic sporting events in our country," said Jon Miller, executive vice president of NBC Sports through a statement. "We are looking forward to continuing this great partnership with New York Road Runners and our flagship station WNBC and expanding the network coverage to two hours."

This two-hour same-day coverage is the only national TV network coverage of any major marathon outside of the Olympics, the Road Runners said.

The WNBC show will air from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 1, the date of this year's marathon. There will also be companion coverage on NBC Local Media New York’s new digital channel, New York Nonstop, and on

The ING New York City Marathon, part of the World Marathon Majors series, is the world's largest marathon. Last year's edition recorded 38,096 finishers, but the event's record field was in 2007 when 38,607 runners crossed the finish line. This year's race will be the 40th edition.

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