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NBC To Broadcast U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 10, 2011
  • Updated Nov. 10, 2011 at 11:24 AM UTC
Photo: Running USA

There will be two hours of same-day coverage.

Photo: Running USA

From: Running USA

HOUSTON – - The U.S. Olympic Committee, NBC, USA Track & Field and the Houston Marathon Committee have announced the network will broadcast the U.S. Olympic Trials for the men’s and women’s marathon, to be held Saturday, January 14 in Houston.

“We’re thrilled to see NBC’s commitment to broadcast this historic event,” said USATF interim CEO Mike McNees. “With this being the first U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon where men and women compete on the same course, on the same day, it’s fitting that NBC will broadcast the event for all of America to see.”

NBC will broadcast two hours of same-day coverage from 3:00-5:00pm ET. The comprehensive coverage will be the first time that both men’s and women’s Olympic Trials have been televised on the same day.

“We are pleased to kick off the 2012 Olympic Trials with the Men’s and Women’s Marathon Trials, an important beginning to a great year of Olympic Trials coverage,” said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics.

“The 2012 Olympic Games will feature the world’s greatest athletes on the largest stage possible,” said USOC Chief Marketing Officer Lisa Baird. “But first things first, we all get to watch America’s finest athletes compete for the right to be there. Team USA’s road to London will be filled with amazing moments in sport and inspirational tales we can’t even begin to imagine. Thanks to NBC’s commitment to the Olympic Movement, the American people will get to share in the excitement every step of the way.”

Currently, 150 men and 194 women are qualified to run in the races that will determine the three men and three women who will represent the United States in the marathon at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

“The Houston Marathon Committee has been preparing diligently over the past year with our civic leaders, volunteers and We Are Houston supporters to host this unprecedented event,” said Houston Marathon Committee Executive Director Wade Morehead. “We are thankful to NBC, the USOC and USATF to help us nationally and internationally showcase, not only the finest long distance runners in the world, but also our wonderful city and its passionate running community.”

For more information about the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials – Marathon, go to: Houston2012.com

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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