MADRID – The Olympic Channel, the multi-platform global media destination where fans can discover, engage and share in the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round, will provide LIVE online coverage of the 122nd Boston Marathon on Monday, 16 April, 2018 starting at 3 p.m. CET. Coverage of the prestigious marathon will be available in select countries in Europe and Asia*, MENA (Middle East and North Africa), and Australia and New Zealand at olympicchannel.com and its mobile apps for Android and iOS.
The world’s oldest annual marathon will showcase a field of 30,000 runners tackling the historic 26.2-mile course in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, including many of the sport’s elite marathoners and wheelchair racers.
The elite field features defending champions Geoffrey Kirui (KEN) and Olympian Edna Kiplagat (KEN). Several Olympians will challenge the incumbents including Lusapho April (RSA), Jessica Augusto (POR), Lemi Berhanu (ETH), Reid Coolsaet (CAN), Jessica Draskau-Petersson (DEN), Arne Gabius (GER), Eric Gillis (CAN), Olympic bronze medallist Deena Kastor (USA), Eunice Kirwa (BRN), Shalane Flanagan (USA), Molly Huddle (USA) and Desiree Linden (USA), Abdi Nageeye (NED), Kentaro Nakamoto (JPN), and two-time Olympic medallist Galen Rupp (USA).
In the wheelchair division, champions Marcel Hug (SUI), an eight-time Paralympic medallist, and Manuela Schar (SUI), a three-time Paralympic medallist, return along with four-time winner and 17-time Paralympic medallist Tatyana McFadden (USA) and 10-time winner and eight-time Paralympic medallist Ernst van Dyk (RSA).
“The Boston Marathon is one of the most anticipated international events within the running community,” said Mark Parkman, general manager of the IOC’s global Olympic Channel. “Marathons are about determination and the triumph of the human spirit, and we are proud to showcase these values which represent the Olympic Spirit to viewers around the world.”
The Olympic Channel is a multi-platform, global media destination where fans can experience the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round, and is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.
About the Olympic Channel
The Olympic Channel is a multi-platform media destination where fans can discover, engage and share in the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round. Offering original programming, news, live sports events and highlights, the Olympic Channel provides additional exposure for sports and athletes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in 11 languages. The Olympic Channel was launched in August 2016 in support of the IOC’s goal, set out in Olympic Agenda 2020, of providing a new way to engage younger generations, fans and new audiences with the Olympic Movement. Founding Partners supporting the Olympic Channel are Worldwide TOP Partners Bridgestone, Toyota and Alibaba. The Olympic Channel is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.
* Check local listings for availability. Territorial restrictions may apply.