The 111th Boston Marathon, scheduled to begin two hours earlier than past years, will reach local, national and international viewers with complete, live coverage on Monday, April 16, 2007.
WBZ-TV (CBS affiliate, Channel 4) will provide its exclusive live, local broadcast from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. WBZ-TV, a partner of the Boston Athletic Association for 27 years, is the only Boston television station providing live wire-to-wire coverage of the 2007 Boston Marathon.
For the third year, Versus (formerly known as Outdoor Life Network) will provide complete, live, national coverage from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET. A same-day, encore presentation of the Versus telecast will air from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.
Eurosport, a Boston Marathon partner, will carry the race in Europe in 130 million homes. Additional B.A.A. partners include SporTV in Brazil, SuperSport throughout Africa, Sky Mexico, i-cable in Hong Kong, Latvian TV, and worldwide highlights on SNTV and Reuters. American Forces Radio and Television will bring the race to U.S. troops overseas, covering 190 countries.
WBZ am 1030 will provide live local radio coverage.
The Boston Athletic Association, the organizer of the Boston Marathon, will provide text-based web coverage with a leader board and real-time updates on the official Boston Marathon web site: www.bostonmarathon.org.
The push rim wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon begins at 9:25 a.m. ET; the Elite Women start at 9:35 a.m. ET; and the Elite Men with the first wave of official entrants will begin at 10:00 a.m. ET. More than 23,800 participants are entered. This year's race marks the first time that the Boston Marathon has not begun at Noon ET.
For more information on the 2007 Boston Marathon, visit: www.bostonmarathon.org.