Release on the global production of distribution of the 2022 TCS NYC Marathon by IMG Worldwide. It should be one of the marathon’s largest TV broadcasts.
TCS New York City Marathon Broadcast to be Available in More Than 530 Million Homes Around the World on Sunday, November 6
Spanish language broadcast to be produced for the first time nationwide by ESPN
New York, October 13, 2022 — The TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 6, will be broadcast to more than 530 million homes around the world in 182 countries and territories through various international broadcast partners, including ABC7/WABC-TV in the New York City area and ESPN2 across the United States. WABC-TV and ESPN2 have been home to the award-winning broadcast of the world’s largest marathon since 2013.
For the first time, a domestic Spanish-language broadcast of the TCS New York City Marathon will be produced and distributed by ESPN. It will be the first Spanish-language broadcast of any marathon to air on ESPN Deportes. It will air live on ESPN3 and the App from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and then will re-air on ESPN Deportes from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST.
“We are excited to introduce the Spanish language broadcast for the first time in TCS New York City Marathon history, which will increase access to one of New York City’s most iconic annual sporting events,” said Kerin Hempel, CEO of New York Road Runners. “Through multiple local, national, and global platforms, we will be able to reach our diverse running community and share the magic of marathon Sunday with audiences worldwide.”
This year’s broadcast will have reduced interruptions of the professional athlete races by introducing two-box commercial breaks and split-screen enhancements that allow viewers to simultaneously keep track of the four professional athlete races. Pro race coverage will feature new helicopter-supported graphics illustrating race stats, including a virtual course map and an enhanced ISOTrack2.0 graphic system that can virtually track up to three runners on the course. The enhanced graphics are being delivered by SMT, which has provided broadcast technology to the TCS New York City Marathon since 2009.
Joining the talent team for this year’s domestic broadcast will be five-time TCS New York City Marathon champion and 13-time Paralympic medalist Kurt Fearnley and running reporter Chris Chavez. Fearnley will be in the broadcast booth as a race analyst for all four professional divisions, and Chavez will make his broadcast debut on the men’s moto. John Anderson, Lewis Johnson, three-time Olympian and former American record-holder Deena Kastor, Sage Steele, and Olympian Carrie Tollefson will round out the national talent.
“The New York City Marathon changed my life. My first win in 2006 rocketed across Australia, and I had the privilege of winning another four over my career. To be a part of the commentary team and to share this great race with the audience at home is as exciting as the first time I took to the start line,” Fearnley said. “It’s the greatest race in the world, and the best of the best always take to the start line, and now I get to be a part of telling those extraordinary athletes’ stories as they take their own journey into the TCS New York City Marathon history books.”
The group will be joined by a talented array of reporters at the start, finish, along the course, and in the sky, including ABC7’s Eyewitness News reporters Ryan Field, Sam Ryan, Anthony Johnson, Kemberly Richardson, Michelle Charlesworth, Lee Goldberg, Brittany Bell, and Josh Einiger.
The broadcast, produced in coordination with 45 Live and distributed by IMG, will air on ABC7/WABC-TV and ESPN2 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST. Pre-race coverage from Fort Wadsworth begins at 7:00 a.m. EST.
The race will also stream live on abc7ny.com, and the ABC7New York app in the tristate viewing area from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and the ESPN App nationally from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST.
Pre-race and continuing coverage will also be streamed live nationally on ESPN3 (accessible on the ESPN App and ESPN.com) from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ESPN3 will present a view of the finish line from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.
A two-hour encore presentation of the race broadcast will air on ABC affiliates around the country from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.
The international broadcast will include three-time TCS New York City Marathon champion and four-time British Olympian Paula Radcliffe providing race analysis alongside veteran track and field commentator Paul Swangard.
International broadcast partners secured by IMG for the race include FloSports (Australia, Canada, United Kingdom), ESPN Brasil (Brazil), SMG Sports (China), Eurosport (Pan Europe, Pan Asia, India), L’Equipe (France), RAI (Italy), TV Asahi (Japan), Sky Mexico (Mexico), NOS (Netherlands), Sky (New Zealand), SuperSport (Sub-Saharan Africa), ESPN International (South America), and TVE and TV3 (Spain).