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Network Also Airing 2012 Rotterdam Marathon and 2012 London Marathon as Part of Marathon Mondays

Universal Sports Network will provide live television and online coverage of the 2012 Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET. The marathon will air on Universal Sports Network, with live streaming presented free by TIMEX GPS® available on UniversalSports.com and through a link on BAA.org. The television and online coverage will showcase more than 20,000 runners tackling the historic 26.2 mile course, including many of the world’s elite marathoners.

The network will provide pre- and post-race studio coverage presented by Xendurance, featuring host Paul Sunderland alongside analyst and elite distance runner Todd Williams. In addition to the Boston Marathon, Universal Sports Network will also air the 2012 Rotterdam Marathon on Monday, April 16 at 10 p.m. ET and the 2012 Virgin London Marathon on Sunday, April 22 at 1 p.m. ET.

These races are a part of the network’s Marathon Mondays, which begin today and last throughout April. Sponsored by Slow Mag, Marathon Mondays provide a six-hour evening block of marathon coverage reliving the best marathons of both past and present. A full schedule is below.

In one what is considered one of the top international fields ever, reigning champions Geoffrey Mutai and Caroline Kilel will headline the 116th running of the Boston Marathon. Mutai is the fastest marathoner in history and the only man to ever set course records at both the Boston and New York City Marathons in the same year, which he did in 2011 after also winning the New York City Marathon. Challenging Mutai are 2011 Boston Marathon third place finisher and 2010 New York City Marathon champion Gebre Gebremarim, 2010 Boston Marathon champion Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot, 2011 Amsterdam and Rotterdam winner Wilson Chebet, and 2011 Chicago second and third place finishers Wesley Korir and Bernard Kipyego.

Women’s champion Kilel will face competition from teammates Sharon Cherop and Caroline Rotich who finished third and fourth in last year’s race, as well as 2011 New York City Marathon winner Firehiwot Dado and runner-up Buzunesh Deba.

Universal Sports Network is home to three World Marathon Majors (WMM), offering multiplatform coverage of the Boston Marathon, Virgin London Marathon and Berlin Marathon. Additional endurance sports programming on the network includes the Rotterdam Marathon, Honda LA Marathon, Kona Ironman and the ITU Triathlon World Championship Series.

Universal Sports Network Broadcast Schedule: Marathon Mondays
schedule subject to change
ALL TIMES ET

Mon., April 9
8-10 PM (TAPE) 2009 Boston Marathon
10 PM-12 AM (TAPE) 2010 Boston Marathon
12-2 AM (TAPE) 2011 Boston Marathon

Mon., April 16th
9:30 AM-12:30 PM (LIVE) 2012 Boston Marathon
8 PM-10 PM (cut down) 2012 Boston Marathon
10 PM-12 AM (premiere) 2012 Rotterdam Marathon
12-2 AM (TAPE) 2012 Boston Marathon

Mon., April 23
8 PM-10 PM (TAPE) 2012 Rotterdam Marathon
10 PM-12 AM (TAPE) 2012 Boston Marathon
12-2 AM (TAPE) 2012 Virgin London Marathon

Mon., April 30
8 PM-10 PM (TAPE) 2012 Boston Marathon
10 PM-12 AM (TAPE) 2012 Virgin London Marathon
12-2 AM (TAPE) 2012 Rotterdam Marathon