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Universal Sports Announces Multi-Platform Coverage of the 2013 Boston Marathon

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - April 08, 2013) - Universal Sports Network, the year-round destination for Olympic and endurance sports programming, will provide LIVE television and online coverage of the 117th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM ET. UniversalSports.com will offer a live stream of the event presented by Timex. The network's exclusive national TV coverage of the world's oldest annual marathon will showcase more than 20,000 runners tackling the historic 26.2-mile course, including many of the sport's elite marathoners.

In addition to the highly anticipated race, Universal Sports will air a special preview show presented by Xendurance, featuring analysis of the elite field, on Sunday, April 14 at 4 PM ET. On Monday, April 15, LIVE race day coverage from Copley Square will include the network's pre- and post-race shows presented by Slow-Mag at 9 AM ET and 12:30 PM ET respectively, and a recap show at 4 PM ET.

The Network's LIVE on-site coverage will be hosted by Paul Sunderland, alongside analyst and elite distance runner Josh Cox, analyst Juli Benson, field reporter Nick Gismondi, and Special Guest Analyst Frank Shorter, the only American male to win an Olympic Gold Medal in the marathon.

"As America's top TV and online destination for marathons, we are proud to offer this in-depth coverage of the world's ultimate distance running race," said Dean Walker, SVP, Production of Universal Sports. "The Boston Marathon is the linchpin of our Marathon-A-Thon programming and a must-watch event for the growing endurance sports community."

Reigning champions Wesley Korir and Sharon Cherop, both of Kenya, will be returning to Boston to defend their titles, and will be fiercely challenged by a talented international field of Olympians, World Marathon Majors champions and multiple global marathon winners.

Also in contention for the men's crown are four-time U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman, who will make his debut on the Boston course; Ethiopian Gebre Gebremariam; Australian Olympian Jeffrey Hunt; and Canadian Robin Watson. Americans Jason Hartmann and Fernando Cabada are also contenders. Hartmann finished fourth in Boston last year while Cabada holds the American record in the 25K.

Challenging Cherop in the women's field are Amsterdam's 2:21:09 course-record-holder Meseret Hailu Debele of Ethiopia, past Boston champion and 2012 Chicago runner-up Rita Jeptoo of Kenya, and top Olympians Tetiana Gamera-Shmyrko of the Ukraine and Americans Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher. Flanagan is a local favorite, having attended nearby Marblehead High School.

The 2013 Boston Marathon anchors the Network's exclusive Marathon-A-Thon programming, featuring encore presentations of the world's best marathons every Monday in April from 8 PM to 2 AM ET. In addition, Universal Sports will air the 2013 Rotterdam Marathon on Sunday, April 14 at 10 AM ET and the 2013 Virgin London Marathon on Sunday, April 21 at 4 AM ET LIVE. Presented by Slow-Mag, the Universal Sports Marathon-A-Thon also features the 2013 Tokyo and Paris races, plus 30 hours of classic Boston Marathons starting Saturday, April 13, at 8 PM ET.

Universal Sports Network Broadcast Schedule: 2013 Marathon-A-Thon

All times ET - Subject to change

Monday, April 8

8:00 - 10:00 PM 2013 Paris Marathon

10:00 PM - 12:00 AM 2013 Tokyo Marathon*

12:00 - 2:00 AM 2013 Paris Marathon

Sunday, April 14

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2013 Rotterdam Marathon+

4:00-5:00 PM LIVE 2013 Boston Marathon Preview Show presented by Xendurance+

Monday, April 15

9:00 - 9:30 AM LIVE 2013 Boston Marathon Pre-Race Show presented by Slow-Mag+

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM LIVE 2013 Boston Marathon*+

12:30 - 1:00 PM LIVE 2013 Boston Marathon Post-Race Show presented by Slow-Mag+

4:00 - 5:00 PM LIVE 2013 Boston Marathon Recap Show+

8:00 - 10:00 PM 2013 Boston Marathon

10:00 PM - 12:00 AM 2013 Rotterdam Marathon

12:00 - 2:00 AM 2013 Boston Marathon

Sunday, April 21

4:00 - 6:30 AM LIVE 2013 Virgin London Marathon*+

Monday, April 22

8:00 - 10:00 PM 2013 London Marathon

10:00 PM - 12:00 AM 2013 Boston Marathon

12:00 - 2:00 AM 2013 London Marathon

Monday, April 29

8:00 - 10:00 PM 2013 Paris Marathon

10:00 PM - 12:00 AM 2013 Rotterdam Marathon

12:00 - 2:00 AM 2013 Boston Marathon

Log on to UniversalSports.com/marathon for updated times.

* World Marathon Major

+ Premiere

About Universal Sports

Universal Sports Network, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, LP, is the premier multi-platform media destination for Olympic-related sports programming in the United States. Offering more than 1,200 hours of original programming each year, Universal Sports has exclusive rights to world and national championship events in a wide array of sports, including swimming, track and field, gymnastics, cycling, skiing, figure skating and rugby. Whether on television, online, or on the go with mobile and tablet applications, Universal Sports offers a four-screen experience to fans of global sports every day of the year. For more information, please visit UniversalSports.com.