Published on Thursday, 04 October 2012 16:33
WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 Chicago has announced its plans to extensively cover this weekend's 35th Annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Coverage will be found in three places: NBC 5, Chicago Nonstop, and on NBCChicago.com.
WMAQ-TV's coverage will be anchored by NBC 5 sports anchor and two-time Olympic marathoner, Mike Adamle. He will be joined by long distance runner, Ed Eyestone, and NBC Sports marathon analyst during the 2012 London Olympic Games, Tim Hutchings. These three men will be providing commentary and analysis throughout the morning as more than 45,000 runners compete along the 26.2-mile course.
In addition to Adamle, Eyestone, and Hutchings, WMAQ-TV will have reporters in the race, along the course route, in the neighborhoods, and even up in the sky above. NBC 5 morning anchors Stefan Holt and Daniella Guzman will be reporting from the Grant Part start & finish lines. NBC 5 meteorologist Alicia Roman will report in from the Pilsen neighborhood, reporter Charlie Wojciechowski will be stationed in Lakeview, and anchor/reporter Kim Vatis will be reporting from within Chinatown. WMAQ-TV's Political Editor Carol Marin will be reporting from the race's lead vehicle. Writer Toni Reavis and Olympic Gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson will be on the course itself, following the runners. NBC 5 morning traffic reporter Kye Martin will reporting from the "Sky 5" helicopter above the race. Meteorologist Cheryl Scott, still recovering from Achilles tendon surgery from earlier in September, will be reporting from just outside NBC Tower near the Chicago River bridge.
Television coverage begins on NBC 5 at 7:00am Sunday morning and continues until 11:00am. There will also be alternate television coverage on NBC 5's digital sub-channel Chicago Nonstop. That coverage airs from 7:00am-1:00pm.
If that isn't enough, NBC 5's website, NBCChicago.com
will provide a live video stream of the race in progress, along with interviews not seen on WMAQ-TV's coverage. The WMAQ-TV website has set up a separate webpage for its Chicago Marathon coverage -- including maps, road closures, and race information -- which can be found HERE
The Chicago Marathon is considered one of the five major U.S. marathons that professional runners strive to participate in annually. The 26.2 mile race begins and ends in Grant Park, with a scenic tour of Chicago's neighborhoods and parks in between. More than one million spectators are expected to line the race route.