WANT TO RUN A BIG, BIG CITY RACE?
Would you love to experience the excitement of a huge race in a large urban center? Think your non-running family or friends might like to tag along for a short vacation, and maybe “catch the bug” so afterward you’ll always have “in-house” running buddies? From all the media coverage that the Boston and NYRR marathons receive you might think that the biggest races cover the longest distances, and that you might not be able to join in the fun. Think again!
Running USA released its report listing 2015’s largest 50 races by participant number. The top five races are in large cities and not all are marathons. Other top place races are less in distance and seem to be held mostly in or near our country’s largest metropolitan areas. This makes sense as travel to, accommodations during, and the care and feeding of athletes and their travel companions requires facilities/infrastructure that can handle the large influx. These venues are also seen as vacations destinations by those not in the running world and, of course, the nearby draw areas are highly populated.
The NUMBER ONE honor goes to the Atlanta AJC Peachtree Road Race, a 10K held on July 4, which repeats in that position (also #1 in 2014) with nearly 55, 000 finishers. The 2nd through 5th spots, repeats from 2014 in their positions, were taken by: New York City TCS Marathon held in November (49,000+), BOLDER Boulder 10K, in Colorado held in late May (45,000+), Spokane Washington’s 12K Lilac Bloomsday Run, also held in early May (42,000+), and the Chicago Marathon held in October (37,000+).
Some races might easily have attracted greater participant numbers, but have qualifying times or lottery draws that purposefully limit runner numbers! The designation “best” race is determined by individual preference, not necessarily size. BUT, if you are interested in BIG, this is the list for you.
Following up just below the top five are:
#6 BCBS Broad Street Run 10 Miler, in Philadelphia, PA (~36,000) in early May
#7 Zappo’s Bay to Breakers 12 Mile Run, San Francisco CA, in mid-May (~29,000)
#8 Cooper River Bridge Run 10K, Charleston SC, in late March (27,000+)
#9 Boston Marathon, in mid-April (27,000+)
#10 Brooklyn NY Half Marathon, in mid-May (26,000+)
#11 Army 10 Miler, Washington DC, in October (26,000+)
#12 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K, Richmond VA, in late March (25,000+)
#13 Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco CA, in mid-October (25,000+)
#14 Marine Corps Marathon, Washington DC, in late October (23,000+)
#15 Chicago Hot Chocolate 15K/5K, in late March (23,000+)
Rounding out the TOP 25 are:
#16 Rock ‘n Roll Marathon Las Vegas, in mid-November (23,000+),
#17 Bank of America 8K Shamrock Shuffle, Chicago IL, in late March (almost 23,000)
#18 Oneamerica 500 Festival Minimarathon Indianapolis IN, in early May (22,000+)
# 19 Pat’s Run, 4.2 miles, Tempe AZ, in late April (22,000+)
#20 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in FL, early January (22,000+)
#21 LA Marathon, Los Angeles CA, in March (nearly 22,000)
#22 Honolulu Marathon, Hawaii, in December (21,000+)
#23 Across The Bay 10K, Annapolis MD, in November (21,000+)
#24 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in FL, early January (19,000+)
#25 New York City Half Marathon, in mid-March (19,000+)
The general times of the year that each race is held are included because you may want or need to plan far in advance for the next year’s event in terms of training, qualifying, and vacation planning, etc.
REMEMBER THAT, USING EARNED RUNS BIBS, YOU CAN:
1) Run an individual personal race in “solidarity” with the bigger event farther away
2) Create a training incentive/tool by scheduling pre-event practice races
3) Generate interest and involve others in your preparations and excitement
4) Race GREEN, by NOT traveling far and NOT adding to the environmental stress of the on-site event
Enjoy the 2016 running season! By the way, Chicago and Washington DC each have 4 races in the top 50! If you have visited, you know each city has the course capacity for large events!
USUALLY THIS WOULD BE A "SCIENCE FRIDAY" posting where a topic was researched in the medical literature. It happened to have been posted on Tuesday, earlier in the week, on blisters (April 26, "Blister Busting"). So I felt free to do whatever was going to be fun for today's post, at the start of the weekend!
A photo gallery piece from Active.com by Jason Saltmarsh, "WHAT MY DOG TAUGHT ME ABOUT RUNNING", is just about the most uplifting, want-to-get-out-and-enjoy-myself piece on running I've come across in a while. It was like the beautiful sunrise pictured above; it touched my "exhilaration button". Those of you with dogs, who sometimes wish to trade places with your pooches, would likely agree. Jason, thanks for the encouragement to enjoy our sport, whether it's running or walking!
BUILDING BACK STRENGTH
There was a little bit of discussion on Sunday's post about using the "taper" days of the half marathon training plan to help with fatigue that you might be experiencing in your back and core on longer runs. Yesterday’s post was about how relatively easy it is to relieve shoulder and upper back tension through foam rolling. Although it requires more effort, another action you can take is to strengthen your core.
The core muscles includes those of the back, which, as part of the posterior chain, helps balance runners’ usually quad-dominant strength. The back muscles work to straighten and extend the spine, keeping us upright and allowing us to lean forward slightly by flexing at the ankles, in good running form, rather than bending at the waist. There are other muscles in the posterior chain to be strengthened, but in your taper the core/back exercises will be emphasized.
Jason Fitzgerald of StrengthRunning has made “The Standard Core Routine” with video demonstration of a workout. Concentrate on performing the Planks and Bird Dog this and next week, and Dead Bugs (see updated RESOURCES page with links to Dead Bug demonstrations, with and without a stability ball).
IF YOU’RE NOT FOLLOWING THE TAPER for an upcoming half marathon, and want to build more core strength, you might check out Jason’s other article that demonstrates “11 Plank Exercises That Build Core Strength For Runners”.
.RELIEVING TENSION IN UPPER BACK AND SHOULDERS
There was a little bit of discussion on Sunday's post about using the "taper" days of the half marathon training plan to help with fatigue that you might be experiencing in your back and core on longer runs. One way to do this is through foam rolling. It will help relieve tension in your upper back and shoulders.
Check out an addition to the RESOURCES page Foam Rolling Section: Under Armor™ MyFitnessPal; by Shane Bernard. This 5 minute routine starts with the legs. Numbers 5 and 6 demonstrate how to "roll" the upper back and upper shoulders.
"5 Minute Warm-up With A Foam Roller "
(embedded YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCj1dvTwOF0)
MORE ON BLISTER PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
An article from Competitor.com by Allison Patillo, “8 Blister-Busting Items For Happy Feet”, is something I ran across several weeks ago in early April just before starting to investigate ruck walking. Searching to find it again, I also quickly checked the medical literature and found a newly published article “Paper Tape Prevents Foot Blisters: A Randomized Prevention Trial Assessing Paper Tape In Endurance Distances (Pre-Taped II)" by Grant S. Lipman M.D. from Stanford University,and colleagues.
Their study examined the blister-preventing effects of foot pre-taping on 128 ultra-distance runners competing in the 6-stage, 250K (155 mile), 2014 RacingThePlanet event. Foot races in this ultra-marathon took them through the Gobi Desert in China (35 runners), Atacama Desert of Chile (53 runners), and the Jordan (19) and Madagascar (21) Deserts. In this event there were 25 mile races on each of 4 consecutive days, a 50 mile race (combined on the 5th and 6th days), and a finishing 5-6 mile race on the last day. The mean age was 39.3 years and body mass index was 24.2, with 31 (22.5%) females. Participants carried their own equipment for the race duration, which included a minimum of 2000 calories/day, and every 6-7 miles, an offered 1.5 liters of water (mean pack weight was listed as "10.3"; not given as kg or lb. Would this be like light rucking?).
“The objective of this study was to examine whether paper tape could prevent hot spots and
blisters on specific blister-prone areas”. A coin toss determined which ONE of the runner’s two feet was studied (the “intervention” foot; the opposite foot was not studied). On the evening before the first day of racing, medical staff trained in application procedures plus an on-site researcher dried and brushed clean the intervention foot, then covered blister prone areas (directed by each individual runner according to his/her experience) with 2.5-cm (1-inch) 3M Micropore™ paper tape. In roughly 3/4's of runners the blisters occurred at uncovered areas rather than underneath the paper tape; “paper tape had an absolute reduction of blister incidence of 40%”, according to the authors reported results.
Most of the study participants had 1 blister (78%), with the toes (50%) being the most common location, followed by the heel (23%). The greatest incidence of blister formation occurred early in the race (80% by stage 2) and those participants running in the wettest locations (Gobi and Madagascar). Blisters under the tape occurred early on (proof of the area being blister-prone) and those not under the tape developed towards the end of the event. There was no correlation with blisters and Injinji brand™ socks (sock fabric separates the toes). The researchers thought this was likely because runners who wore them were not prone to getting blisters between the toes, so they did not direct the tape application to the toes. Forty-five percent of the compliant runners in the study wore Injinji socks; they “are popular among ultra-endurance runners”. The authors commented that “it seems reasonable to avoid the use of paper tape on the toes with Injinji™ socks.”
Why worry so much about blisters, other than they’re obviously painful and the pain may cause you not to complete a race? The authors indicate that a more subtle effect of running with blister pain may be that it leads to changes in gait, “which can exacerbate underlying injuries.” Although runners claiming that sprains and other muscle injuries were the reason for withdrawing from a race, they “may in fact have blisters that are worsening these injuries. Military trainees with blisters were found to have a higher incidence of overuse injuries, particularly to their knees and ankles, and those with blisters were 50% more likely to experience additional injuries”.
BOTTOM LINE: it’s worth the time and effort to try various preventative measures to avoid developing blisters, ESPECIALLY if they are a problem for you or tend to form under certain conditions (longer or wetter runs, or those in which you carry a pack) . You may want to investigate the 8 items listed in the “blister-busting” piece from Competitor.com AS WELL AS plain paper tape, which may be an inexpensive and readily available solution!
RUN, WALK, and RUCK HAPPY!
CAN'T WAIT FOR THE 2016 RIO DE JANIERO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES? Get a preview of what to expect from the USA track and field athletes in early July. NBC has just released the TV schedule for the US Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene OR. Competitor.com has an article with that information.
If you plan to be near Eugene Oregon during the July 1-10 event you can check out the TrackTownUSA website and look into getting tickets for the Olympic Trials.
You can purchase tickets for the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on this site as well, which will also be held at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, June 8-11. A TV broadcast schedule for the June event can be seen at the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association website.
The Games of the XXI Olympiad will be held August 5-12.
DECREASING YOUR RUNNING MILES SIGNIFICANTLY OVER THE NEXT 2 WEEKS of this taper may be the most difficult part of the entire training plan! So focus NOT on how many miles you are running but on how you can use this time to prepare you body for the test of the race in other ways.
In training and running races of 2+ hours, the most physical strain and fatigue I experience in the last several miles seem to involve my back/torso. To hold myself upright and pump arms and move legs forcefully against a relatively non-mobile fixed core is tiring. Did you feel fatigued carrying yourself upright during and after the 13.5 mile run yesterday? In these next 13 days or so (depending on your specific race day) you can concentrate on foam rolling your upper shoulders and back to relieve tension, and perform some planks, push-ups, and dead-bugs to strengthen your core a few days each week. There will be a bit more on this in an upcoming post.
Enjoy the rest!
YESTERDAY'S POST ABOUT RUCK WALKING INCLUDED INFORMATION ON INJURIES incurred during the enjoyment of this sport. The most commonly reported problem, according to the research articles that were reviewed, was blisters. I had not considered a blister an injury before reading these papers! Weren't they a fact of life for runners? Something to be accepted as a condition of running? Wouldn't this also be true for walking and marching?
It took several weeks to gather information for and write the rucking post, so there was time to think about this and investigate a bit. Just as with the topic of rucking, once blisters caught my attention, advice about prevention and general foot care for runners seemed to pop up everywhere. I confess that it was a part of running health that, In retrospect, I was uneducated. I was taking the opposite approach to what I now see has been recommended by experts in terms of keeping feet soft and moisturized, and getting pedicures. It's true that in running, like other areas of life, there's always one more thing to learn!
Hal Higdon, a lifelong runner and a longtime contributor to Runner's World wrote a comprehensive article for the online magazine in September 2007, " Care For Your Feet", which incorporates most of the advice I found presented elsewhere. He covers the usual topics like fitting, maintaining, and replacing running shoes, AND others that are not-so-common, like choice of non-running shoes, skin care, massage techniques, cooling after runs, reflexology, and foot strength.
With summer coming up, this is the perfect time to take steps to keep feet happy and healthy, such that wearing sandals and going sock-less when not running can be fully enjoyed!
RUN, WALK, AND RUCK HAPPY!
For more http://www.runnersworld.com/person/hal-higdon
RUCKING IS ONE OF THE LATEST FITNESS CHALLENGES that seems especially to appeal to former military and men according to a Men’s Health Magazine article “The Fitness Trend Men Everywhere Can’t Get Enough Of” by Michael Easter. What is rucking? It’s walking or marching with a weighted backpack. More properly in the military world, the backpack is referred to as a rucksack, and from this comes the descriptive verb for this activity: rucking. In the military the added weight comes from weapons and equipment that is necessary to the mission, up to 200 pounds. In the sport, it could be plain old bricks or a specially made plate, and as little as 10 pounds or up to 30 pounds in weight.
I first learned of ruck events when I was researching walking competitions. i thought it might be a workout and racing alternative to plain running. It's funny how once you become aware of something new, it seems to be everywhere after that time! I saw an advertisement for a rucking event on a billboard the very next day, while traveling on the train.
Women are also joining in the fun according to the online information, images, and products on the website of “GORUCK” (goruck.com), a company that makes rucking-specific equipment and leads “team-building endurance events” for rucking enthusiasts. There are GORUCK events that might attract women to the sport by allowing lighter loads (light, heavy, and challenge). MADE-IN-THE-USA rucksacks manufactured by this company not only come in military hues of black, brown, green, gray, and red, but are also sold in a “girls” pink color version with curved straps. GORUCK’s founder, Jason McCarthy, indicates on the website that his experiences serving with the 10th Special Forces Group (2006-08) form the basis for challenges and training offered by his company. Each challenge “class” is headed by a “Special Forces Cadre” leader tasked with building class members into a team, by testing and pushing their limits. “Always a team event, never a race” is the GORUCK promise.
SPEARHEAD is a grassroots organization that also offers training programs for rucking, and more. It was begun in 2013, in Charlotte NC, with the purpose of helping a group of participants prepare “military-style” for GORUCK events. According to it’s website, the workout group initially met once a week, then more often, and eventually transformed to become TEAM SPEARHEAD. This new TEAM now has a stated mission to bridge “ the gap between civilians and veterans through shared experiences and team building”, which includes training, rucking, and socializing together, and sometimes taking time to share “war stories” and beer. The organization’s stated focus is on “honoring the US Military Service members and veterans" through these and other philanthropic activities.
Stew Smith in Military.com offers training advice to soldiers and civilians hoping to qualify for Special Forces in an article, “Training for Ruck Marches”. This is not intended as preparation for sport participation, but readers may find it useful. There is a link to a PDF that contains “more information on preparing for the Special Forces Assessment Course or any course with long ruck marches and land navigation, see the "Army SF Guidelines” (USAREC Pam 601-25). “
Because adding a considerable weight load to a walking body over a long distance is not as natural as performing this activity with bodyweight only, there must be an added “cost” to rucking. That there is an added energy cost is the basis for claims that it is a great way to burn extra calories. That it builds muscle strength is the aim of those hoping it will create“ the body of a Navy Seal”. On the other hand, almost certainly there is a risk of injury from the repetitive work of marching with a loaded pack, training day after training day, just as there is with running. None of the websites directly addressed training safety and injury prevention (however they might within the actual training program sessions). Participants are warned not to run when rucking to AVOID INJURY, and training programs INCLUDE aerobic and strength training which would help with PREVENTION. I wanted specifics so went in search of more information!
The roots of this relatively new sport activity are clearly military in nature. When I could not find reviews of medical research studies on rucking in sport performance, I turned to the military medical literature for that information. Below is some information that may help your training, if rucking is a challenge you wish to take on for fitness and fun. It was adapted from two publications:
"Soldier Load Carriage: Historical, Physiological, Biomechanical, and Mechanical Aspects." Military Medicine 2004. Jan; 169 91):45-56 by JJ Knapik and colleagues.
"Soldier Occupational Load Carriage: A Narrative Review of Associated Injuries". International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion 2014; 21 (4): 388-96 by RM Orr and colleagues.
A. Carry your weight pack as close to the center of your body as is possible:
Locating the “load center of mass” as closely as possible to the “body center of mass” results in the lowest energy cost and tends to keep the body in an upright position similar to unloaded walking. High load placement may be best for even terrain; low or mid-back load placement might be preferable on uneven terrain.
B. Use a hip belt whenever possible, to reduce pressure on the shoulders and increase comfort
C. Physical training that includes aerobic exercise, resistance training targeted at specific muscle groups, and regular road marching can considerably improve road marching speed and efficiency.
D. Energy cost increases progressively not only with increases in weight carried, but ALSO with body mass, walking speed or grade, and type of terrain.
E. The lower limbs are the most frequent anatomical site of injury associated with load carriage. Common injuries include:
- Foot blisters; most common injury, due to higher braking forces combined with the load weight
- Stress fractures of pelvis, especially in females due to overstriding, the tibia (lower leg), calcaneus
(heel) and metatarsals (foot)
- Knee pain due to many causes, possible cumulative from rucking + activities other than rucking
- Neuropathies (pain and/or numbness) of the feet, shoulder, lower back
1) Numbness of the toes (digitalgia)
2) Pain/numbness of the antero-lateral thigh (meralgia; femoral nerve compression by waist belt)
3) Pain of the heel (plantar fasciitis),
4) Rucksack palsy (brachial plexus palsy), pain/numbness/weakness in shoulder muscles
5) Lower back pain
F. Load carriage can be facilitated by lightening loads
What can you do to prevent injury when rucking?
AS WITH RUNNING TRAINING, ONLY INCREASE ONE VARIABLE OF RUCK WALKING AT A TIME
(load weight, walking speed, distance)
What can you do if you experience pain or numbness?
DECREASE YOUR LOAD WEIGHT, DISTANCE, AND SPEED TO WHERE YOU CAN MAINTAIN GOOD FORM AND WHERE THERE IS NO PAIN
(increase each variable separately; one increase/week; progress INCREMENTALLY, slowly, if no pain)
CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT
(is there a point where uneven pressure is exerted on the waist, shoulder etc?)
IF YOU CANNOT EASILY REMEDY THE SITUATION AND PAIN PERSISTS, SEE YOUR PHYSICIAN!
Staying injury-free during participation in all fitness activities should be a top priority, because ignoring persistent pain usually leads to an inability to continue enjoying that activity. Perhaps for a prolonged period of time. If young, fit military types can incur injuries when ruck walking then we all can! Awareness is the first step toward prevention. I'm going to try rucking at a level that strengthens my running. I'll let you know if it works.
RUN, WALK, AND MARCH HAPPY!
THIS COMPETITOR.COM SLIDE SHOW, "5 COMPRESSION OPTIONS FOR ENDURANCE ATHLETES" includes five different types of compression apparel and recommends when to wear them (during or after runs, or outside of running). It was first published in Triathlete.com.
My two attempts at using this kind of running aid have not resulted in success. I bought a pair of compression running tights, but they make my legs feel heavy and sluggish when running, so I only wear them in the winter (they are thick) and when nothing else is washed. The knee-high socks are uncomfortably tight at the calves, ankles, feet, so they too are mostly staying in the drawer. I tried my husband’s size (a bit larger) and that did not improve the feel. These articles of clothing were fairly expensive, so I am reluctant to try other brands or different styles, if the issue is not the actual clothing but is variations in fit due to design and manufacturing between companies. BUT, this slideshow does include shorter versions, and, since I was sidelined with plantar fasciitis for 5.5 months in the past, I might give the foot sleeves a trial run. I expect them to work like foot taping, but easier.
There’s also a companion article,”How Compression Apparel Works” by Aaron Hersch dated February 14, 2014 that was recently updated and published January 18, 2016. He discusses research findings that looked at whether this apparel helps runners by improving running performance, reducing soreness, and expediting recovery.
AN ARTICLE FROM COMPETITOR.COM BY MARIO FRAIOLI has been added to the bottom of the RESOURCES page section HYDRATION AND NUTRITION. It’s “ Don’t Sweat It: Marathon Nutrition Made Simple”. It makes the point that most races that are completed in about 2 hours or less don’t require too much attention to nutrition taken in during the actual race. Depending on your individual pace, this could include a half marathon. If you are planning to run a half soon, and following the EarnedRuns ON TO A HALF MARATHON training plan, you will have a long run of 13.5 miles at the end of this week.
If you have not taken in any “fuel” on a run but plan to in your race, this would be your last chance to trial the goodies under nearly race conditions. I don’t personally take in much extra energy during such a race; only about 3-4 gummy chews or 2-3 Twizzlers (cut up into small bites), if anything, and water. The discussion in this article is good information for half marathon participants to read, mostly to be reassured that there isn’t too much you need to worry about taking in. If you DO WORRY, and want to be prepared just in case you should need something in your upcoming race, plan to try it this week.
Those of you running an organized race should check out the information provided on the race website as to what and where fluids and fuels (mostly this will be carbohydrate drinks in cups if the race is giving to runners) will be available. Remember that you might not need as much as you think you’ll require. Another link from Runner’s World on the RESOURCES page section HYDRATION AND NUTRITION discusses this “Carbs On The Run” by Carol Bowen Shea.
FINISHED “MY BOSTON HALF” this morning.
A personal best was recorded for the 13.1mile distance…yay!
I had planned to start at the same time as the elite women were to set off in the Boston Marathon, but I started early, at 7am. I wanted to see them cross the finish line on TV in real time as well as the elite men’s finish. Also, there is road construction messing up part of the course, and I wanted to pass the spot where back-hoes and cement trucks would be moving in and out of the area before the workers arrived.
The picture (below) was taken from the top of the small hill that leads down to my race ”start” at about 6:59am. I held to the pace I had planned for most of the race, and then picked it up for the last two miles. A full 2 minutes faster than my previous finish over the nearly same course in 2013! The several training changes that may have contributed to my success were 1) the addition of waking stretches each morning, 2) more MYRTLS + dynamic stretch sessions (at least 4 times/week), 3) foam rolling BEFORE and after long runs, 4) one HIIT session/week and 5) adding down-hills to my hill repeat days. I feel great (writing this about 3 hours later) afterwards! So far I am sticking to the schedule mapped out for 2016 but do not expect to run a 25K in May. Instead I’ll concentrate on running fun 5K races for the summer.
THE "SPIRIT OF THE MARATHON" sculpture at the one mile marker of the Boston Marathon.
PHOTO BY JD BASKIN
The "Spirit of the Marathon” Hopkington, MA (Dedicated 2006). This sculpture by Mico Kaufman was originally dedicated in Greece in 2004. A replica was unveiled in Boston two years later. The work honors 1946 Boston Marathon champion Stylianos Kyriakides, who brought attention to his war-torn homeland of Greece. The sculpture shows Kyriakides alongside Spiridon Louis, champion of the first [modern] Olympic marathon."
From the 2014 Boston Marathon Megaguide.
The sculpture was restored for the RACE IN 2016.
GOOD LUCK to all who are running today......
DIVISION START TIME
Mobility Impaired 8:50 a.m. ET
Men's Push-Rim Wheelchair 9:17 a.m. ET
Women's Push-Rim Wheelchair 9:19 a.m. ET
Handcycles & Duos 9:22 a.m. ET
Elite Women 9:32 a.m. ET
Elite Men & Wave One 10:00 a.m. ET
Wave Two 10:25 a.m. ET
Wave Three 10:50 a.m. ET
Wave Four 11:15 a.m. ET
THIS IS YOUR LONGEST RUN; THE ONE IN WHICH YOU PROVE TO YOURSELF that you CAN MAKE IT! And even make a bit more that half marathon distance. After this comes the taper, which many runners find to be the MOST DIFFICULT part of training. More discussion about that next week. Remember to plant water bottles along your course or carry some with you if it's comfortable. Bring some energy "fuel" with you like gel or chews. There will be a post on fueling this week. It isn't quite as essential to get this right for a half marathon, especially if your pace allows you to finish in under 2 hours. Have a great time this week!!! TAKE PRIDE IN THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT.
WANT TO WATCH THE BOSTON MARATHON LIVE, WITNESS FAMILY/FRIENDS CROSSING THE FINISH LINE IN REAL TIME, or view an encore presentation? On April 13 the NBC Sports Group repeated it’s earlier announcement that it would be providing live coverage of the 120th Boston Marathon Monday, April 18, at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN. “Coverage begins with a Boston Marathon preview show on Sunday, April 17, at 4 p.m. ET on Universal HD."
"FOR THE FIRST TIME, NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will offer a dedicated camera at the finish line, allowing fans, and runners’ family and friends, the ability to see all runners cross the finish line on Boylston Street. The Boston Marathon finish line camera feed will be available online for 30 days following the race.“
There will be an “encore” airing of the Boston Marathon coverage, at 8pm ET Monday, available on Universal HD.
“Held annually on the third Monday of April, the Boston Marathon is the oldest (since 1897) and one of the most prestigious marathons in the world. Running from Hopkinton and weaving through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and Brookline, 3,000 runners aim to finish in downtown Boston.” Calling the action will be announcer Tom Hammond, with analysts Craig Masback and Tim Hutchings and reporter Carolyn Manno.
NBC Sports Live Extra indicates it will stream coverage via “TV Everywhere.” The network says it’s NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. (Be aware that reviews are not all good for this app). For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra.
An article about TV Everywhere “Is 'TV Everywhere' Finally Living Up to Its Name?” in Hometheaterreview.com describes what it is and provides some information on how to access this service through the major cable/satellite carriers, and provides links to the sites. “In most cases, you can access the service via any Web browser, or you can download the company's mobile app to your smartphone or tablet.”
This is all new to me BUT something that will be beneficial to know and become comfortable accessing as we get into the Olympic Games in a few months. If it’s new to you also, I suggest looking into it well before the time it will be important to you to view, for example the time you think your special person(s) will finish and cross the Bolyston Street finish line. Perhaps it will be a good move to set your televisions to record the official race coverage also. Good Luck to all who are racing!
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