Thursday, October 17, 2013
Storm, Anderson to host NYC coverage
SportsCenter anchors Hannah Storm and John Anderson will serve as co-hosts of ESPN’s 2013 ING New York City Marathon coverage on Sunday, November 3. The event, which was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy in 2012, will be presented live on national television (ESPN2) for the first time in 20 years, and for the first time in high definition.
In addition to the ESPN2 telecast, the race will also be available to national audiences via WatchESPN (for those who have video subscriptions from affiliated providers) and ESPN Deportes+, the network’s Spanish-language ESPN3 extension. Locally, New Yorkers can watch the race on ABC7 or via WatchABC on mobile devices.
Led by Storm and Anderson, ESPN’s New York City Marathon commentator team also includes reporter Jeremy Schaap and analysts Tim Hutchings, a former 5,000 meter Olympic competitor who has covered the past six summer Olympic Games, and Carrie Tollefson, an Olympian and five-time NCAA Champion.
Lewis Johnson, an All-American in track who has covered several Olympic Games, will also be part of race day coverage as a reporter, providing updates from the start and finish lines. Other reporters include ABC7’s Laura Behnke and Rob Powers, as well as Jim Dolan (stationed at First Avenue and East 60th Street) and Kemberly Richardson (at Fourth Avenue and Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn).
Additionally, Runner's World Editor-in-Chief David Willey will serve as a reporter while running the course. Juli Benson, an Olympian and NCAA All-American, and Toni Reavis, a journalist and member of the Running USA Hall of Champions, will serve as lead women’s reporter and lead men’s reporter, respectively.
“The beauty of the marathon is that any runner can share the same unbridled joy in finishing as a world class runner can in winning,” said Anderson.
“The accomplishment is the thing! And New York makes people feel better about that accomplishment than anywhere else. The course and the spectators give the race unmatched energy. It’s why ’83 champion Rod Dixon was spot on when he said, ‘New York is the one you have to win.’”
Storm added: “There is, perhaps, no sporting event in America more closely attached to its neighborhoods and city –- while at the same time being an instantly recognizable international event –- than the New York City Marathon. It’s an integral part of the fabric of this city and I’m thrilled to be involved in the broadcast, which we hope showcases the resilience of all New Yorkers and those who attend this great event.”
Broadcast schedule for Nov: 3:
Pre-race coverage: 7-9 a.m. on ESPN3, ABC7 and WatchABC
INC NYC Marathon: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes+, ABC7, WatchABC
ING NYC Marathon and Post-Race Coverage: 12:30-2 p.m. on ESPN3, ABC7 and WatchABC
ING NYC Marathon Highlights Show: 4-6 p.m. on ABC
-- ESPN MediaZone