The Dallas Marathon made headlines last week when it announced that several of American distance running’s biggest stars would be on hand to run a special “Duo to Rio Relay” during the race this Sunday.
For those needing a running fix, WFAA-TV will televise the race starting at 8 a.m. Central on Sunday. Three hours of coverage will be streamed live on WFAA.com.
The broadcast will feature coverage of both the Duo to Rio Relay and the marathon itself, as well as the Pro Relay Challenge, which partners an additional six elite American runners with each of Dallas’ professional sports franchises in a competitive relay race.
The Duo to Rio Relay will feature several of the biggest names in U.S. running, most of which will be participating in the U.S. Olympic Trials marathon in about two months. The relay is set up for a male to run 13.1 miles and hand off to a female to run the second half. The pairings are:
- Abdi Abdirahman and Deena Kastor
- Sam Chelanga and Molly Huddle
- Meb Keflezighi and Becky Wade
- Luke Puskedra and Annie Bersagel
- Jared Ward and Desiree Linden
Three-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein was slated to compete, but has withdrawn with a nagging bursitis issue in his hip. “I’ve been trying to get it under control and just get it completely 100 percent gone,” Ritzenhein told MLive.com.