FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Women's Marathon
Streamed Live Online & Televised
Race to serve as premier episode of Olympic Trials series
Boston, Mass. -- The Boston Athletic Association, in conjunction with NBC
Sports and NBCSports.com, announced today that live coverage of the 2008
U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Women's Marathon will be available on
NBCSports.com/marathon on Sunday, April 20. Additionally, a 60-minute
highlights show will air on MSNBC on Sunday, April 27 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
The 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Women's Marathon will be held at 8:00
a.m. on Sunday, April 20, and will be run on a unique multi-loop course in
downtown Boston and Cambridge. The race will feature more than 100 of the
top female marathoners in America vying for a chance to represent the
United States at the Olympic Games in Beijing this summer. Among the
athletes entered in the field are 2004 Olympic Marathon bronze medalist
Deena Kastor, 1984 Olympic Marathon gold medalist Joan Samuelson, and 2004
U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Women's Marathon champion Colleen De Reuck.
"Playing host to the event, the Boston Athletic Association felt strongly
that the U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Women's Marathon in Boston, on the
occasion of Patriots' Day weekend and the Boston Marathon, should feature
television and internet coverage with video streaming," said Guy Morse,
B.A.A. Executive Director. "These are America's best female marathoners and
many have been training their entire athletic lives for this moment. They
deserve to receive the spotlight that our broadcast coverage will give them
as we simultaneously provide inspiration for the next generation of U.S.
The top American female athletes compete for the chance to represent the
U.S. in Beijing this summer with LIVE streaming coverage of the 2008 U.S.
Olympic Team Trials – Women's Marathon. The race will be streamed in its
entirety for FREE via the Web at NBCSports.com on April 20 starting at 8:00
a.m. NBC Sports commentator Al Trautwig and 10-time NCAA All-American Ed
Eyestone, provide commentary for the wire-to-wire coverage.
MSNBC will broadcast a one-hour highlights show on Sunday, April 27 from
12:00-1:00 p.m. ET, with analysis by Trautwig and Eyestone. The one-hour
show will be the premier episode in a series highlighting a number of
Olympic Trials events leading up to the Beijing Olympic Games in August.
The Trials online and over the air broadcast is a joint production of the
USOC, Boston Athletic Association, NBC Sports and USA Track & Field.
More information about NBC's coverage of Olympic Trials events and the
Olympic Games can be found at NBCOlympics.com. Additional information about
the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Women's Marathon can be found at