Universal Sports Marathon-A-Thon Comes To TV

Universal Sports Marathon-A-Thon

The Paris Marathon (Photo: Valentin/Wikimedia Commons)

I’ve bemoaned the lack of running coverage on TV many times. There’s obviously an audience for it if even a fraction of the 16 million Americans who finished a road race in 2013 enjoy watching running. I’m one of them. I watch running on TV and the Web. Heck, I even host a show about running for New York Road Runners.

Thankfully, in addition to “NYRR On The Run,” there’s Universal Sports. The Olympic and endurance sports network is running a “Marathon-A-Thon” in April. What does this mean? Lots of marathons are going to be on TV.

Universal Sports Marathon-A-Thon

The 2013 London Marathon (Photo: Chmee2/Wikimedia Commons)

It’s the second year they’re programming a month of marathons. Maybe if we all watch them, they’ll keep doing it. No more relying on unreliable Web streams that inevitable crash because so many of us are trying to load them at the same time. Wouldn’t that be nice?

It all starts Sunday, March 9 at 3 p.m. Eastern with the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon. Yay! Viewers will finally get to see the much-glorified “Stadium to Sea” course that takes 25,000 runners from Dodger Stadium to the beach in Santa Monica. The ASICS LA Marathon is on my personal bucket list, so I’m excited to see it’s finally getting some national coverage.

But the real Marathon-A-Thon begins in the wee hours of Sunday, April 6 with the Paris Marathon. It continues with the London and Rotterdam Marathons on April 13 and finishes with live coverage of the 2014 Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21. Four marathons on TV in the space of 16 days? That’s the equivalent of a marathon every four days! I’m breathless just thinking about.

Plus, Universal Sports will air encore presentations of those and other marathons from around the world every Monday in April from 8 PM to 2 AM Eastern.

So mark your calendars and get your DVRs ready—unless you’re lucky enough to be running one of these marquee races.

Universal Sports LA and Marathon-A-Thon Schedule

Date                      Time                                                      Event

Sun., Mar. 9         3 p.m. ET Same Day Delay                2014 ASICS LA Marathon

Sun., Apr. 6          2:30 a.m. ET Live                               2014 Paris Marathon

Sun. Apr. 13          4 a.m. ET Live                                    2014 Virgin London Marathon

Sun., Apr. 13         10 a.m. ET Same Day Delay             2014 Rotterdam Marathon

Mon., Apr. 21        8:30 a.m. ET Live                               2014 Boston Marathon

Paris Marathon photo is copyright Valentin on Wikimedia Commons and used via a Creative Commons license.

London Marathon photo is copyright Chmee2 on Wikimedia Commons and used via a Creative Commons license.

Karla Bruning

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Karla Bruning is a regular contributor to SHAPE.com, the host of NYRR's On The Run web + TV show, and a race announcer at events like the TCS New York City Marathon. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now she freelances as a running reporter. She's run 7 marathons, 20 halves, 6 triathlons, sings in an '80s cover band, spoils her dog + travels compulsively.

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  1. 1

    Thanks for sharing this! Can’t wait to see all the marathons. I’m gonna watch the la one tomorrow :)
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  2. 3

    Exciting news! Unfortunately I don’t think I have the Universal Sports channel. Will they be airing it online?

  3. 5

    Unfortunately I don’t get Universal Sports :( I did watch the Boston elites on Universal Sports last year at work. Hopefully I can do it that way this year too.
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  4. 7

    All major events should be on TV, that is for sure.



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