2013 ING New York City Marathon on ABC7 and ESPN

September 23, 2013 10:12:12 AM PDT
The ING New York City Marathon is coming to WABC-TV and ESPN November 3rd! WABC-TV is the home of the ING New York City Marathon and your source for the best coverage! Channel 7 kicks off marathon weekend with a live broadcast and streaming of the Marathon Opening Ceremonies Friday, November 1st at 5:30 p.m. Rob Powers and Amy Freeze will bring it to us from the finish line as thousands of runners from around the world are officially welcomed to New York.

Coverage continues Saturday, November 2nd, at 7:30 p.m. with "Countdown to the Starting Line." Eyewitness News anchors Liz Cho and David Novarro host this thirty minute special, live from the Marathon Eve Experience tent. You can learn more about the runners, their stories and what makes the ING New York city Marathon a one-of-kind event.

Channel 7 starts race day with "Eyewitness News: Marathon Sunday" at 7 a.m. Eyewitness News sports anchors Rob Powers and Laura Behnke broadcast from Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, as tens of thousands of runners gather. Race day coverage of the 2013 ING New York City Marathon starts at 9:00 a.m when ESPN's Hannah Storm and John Anderson join members of the Eyewitness News team. Wrap up Marathon Sunday with an ING New York City Marathon highlight show from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. followed by Eyewitness News at 6:00 p.m.

All of WABC-TV's programming and race coverage is available on Channel 7, on 7online and via the WatchABC app.

"The ING New York City Marathon is one of the greatest spectacles in all of sport," said Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of NYRR and race director of the ING New York City Marathon. "We're thrilled that for the first time in almost 20 years, a nationwide audience can experience the 26.2 exhilarating miles that combine the spectacle of great racing with the triumphant celebration of the human spirit - a captivating drama starring more than 47,000 runners, including the world's best, played out on the vibrant streets of New York City."

Dave Davis, president and general manager of WABC-TV, said, "As New York's number one station we are proud to be the home of New York's biggest sporting event. It's great to have the ING New York City Marathon back where it belongs and in a way that more people than ever before will be able to see it. We also look forward to helping NYRR spread its message about the health benefits of running to all New Yorkers."

New York Road Runners
Headquartered in New York City, New York Road Runners is dedicated to advancing the sport of running, enhancing health and fitness for all and meeting our community's needs. Our goal is to use the expertise acquired in our 53-year history to empower all people to live fitter, healthier lives through participation in our races, community events, instruction and training resources and youth programs. Our races and other events draw more than 300,000 people each year. The ING New York City Marathon, NYRR's premier event, is the largest and most inclusive marathon in the world, attracting the world's top professional runners every year and raising $34 million for charity in 2011. NYRR's running-based youth programs, which currently serve more than 100,000 children in hundreds of schools and community centers, promote children's health and fitness, character development and personal achievement in underserved communities. For more information, visit www.nyrr.org.

The ING New York City Marathon
The premier event of New York Road Runners, the ING New York City Marathon is one of the world's great road races, drawing some 140,000 applicants. The race attracts many world-class professional athletes, not only for the $650,000 in prize money, but also for the chance to excel in the media capital of the world before two million cheering spectators and a worldwide broadcast reach of 330 million. As any one of the more than 923,000 past finishers will attest, crossing the finish line in Central Park is one of the great thrills of a lifetime. For more information, visit www.ingnycmarathon.org.

WABC-TV has been the leader in local news and entertainment programming in the New York City area for more than 60 years. Producing more than 41 hours of live, local news and weather each week, Channel 7 Eyewitness News is the most watched local news in New York and the United States. WABC-TV also produces LIVE! with Kelly, weekdays at 9:00 a.m., which is seen in more than 200 markets across the U.S. Quality news and programming, cutting edge technology and ongoing community outreach? a commitment to excellence that has consistently kept WABC-TV New York's #1 station and the most watched television station in the nation.

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