WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 Chicago has been the official television broadcast partner of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon consecutively since 2008.
CHICAGO - Today, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K, NBC 5 Chicago / WMAQ and Telemundo Chicago / WSNS announced they have entered a multi-year agreement continuing NBC 5 Chicago's role as the exclusive television broadcast partner. This is the first year that Telemundo Chicago joins as a media partner of Chicago's cornerstone running races.
For the past nine years, NBC 5 Chicago has featured pre-marathon programming, training tips, runner profiles and extensive live race day coverage of the Chicago Marathon on its platforms. In addition to televising the Chicago Marathon, NBC 5 will continue to provide live race coverage of the Shamrock Shuffle 8K on the NBC Chicago app and across all station platforms.
"NBC 5 Chicago has been the flagship home of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K, ensuring that runners and fans in the city and beyond have access to live and compelling race day coverage," said Bank of America Chicago Marathon and Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski. "The team at NBC 5 not only provides expert race day coverage and talent, but also captures the spirit of running featuring human interest stories from our participants that make all of us want to go the extra mile and do something extraordinary."
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is one of just six Abbott World Marathon Majors and is broadcast live annually on the first Sunday in October from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Race day coverage will feature play-by-play action of the elite race from professional analysts as well as course updates and inspiring stories delivered by NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago anchors and reporters who will report from various neighborhoods along the course.
"We are thrilled for NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago to be the broadcast home of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for the coming seasons. We are honored to serve our viewers by broadcasting this world-class race through 29 distinctive Chicago neighborhoods," added David Doebler, President and General Manager, NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago.
The stations' race day on-air coverage will also be simulcast on NBCChicago.com,TelemundoChicago.com, the NBC Chicago app, and the Telemundo Chicago app. In addition, the stations' digital platforms will feature a live streaming finish line camera from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Moreover, for the first time ever, Telemundo Chicago viewers will receive training tips in Spanish leading up to marathon race day along with multiple live cut-ins highlighting the action on the course.