Broadcast to feature Two-time Olympian Kara Goucher as Color Analyst
HOUSTON (January 6, 2017) – The Houston Marathon Committee (HMC) and its Official Broadcast Partner ABC13, announced today that the 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon will have an expanded U.S. and international viewing audience for the second consecutive year. The races will air live in Houston on ABC13, in addition to being carried on Longhorn Network and streaming on ESPN3, Sunday, January 15th at 7:00 a.m. CT.
The 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon feature 27,000 participants, 7,500 volunteers and over 250,000 spectators, making it the largest single-day sporting event in Houston. Runners from all 50 states and 47 countries will join a world-class elite field in all four races.
“For seventeen years, ABC13 has promoted and presented this hallmark event live to the Greater Houston Region, showcasing the thousands of wonderful stories and sharing the accomplishments of our amazing local runners and fundraisers of all levels,” stated Wade Morehead, Executive Director of the Houston Marathon Committee and Foundation. “Today, the marathon and half marathon also attract the finest national and international elite long-distance runners in the world. We could not be more thrilled and thankful that this spectacular sporting event will be presented nationally and internationally on ESPN3 and the Longhorn Network, and we are excited that running great Kara Goucher will be joining our veteran broadcast team.”
ABC13 will air a three-hour live broadcast of the race from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. CT, along with a 10:35 p.m. CT event recap – The Finish Line. The ABC app will also carry the morning broadcast and abc13.com will stream pace camera footage from the four elite races from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and a live finish line cam until 1:00 p.m. The 45th running of the race will also be available to fans nationwide on ESPN3 across WatchESPN platforms and the ESPN app.
“Once again KTRK-TV is pleased to be able to partner with ESPN3 and ESPN’s Longhorn Network and share the Houston Marathon with runners across Texas and around the world,” said Henry Florsheim, President and General Manager of ABC13/KTRK-TV.
ABC13’s programming, helmed by Tom Koch and Gina Gaston, will focus on the four elite races, inspiring stories and features on local runners. Two-time Olympian Kara Goucher, who finished third at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston, and Rice University Track & Field Coach Jon Warren, will call the play-by-play action for the elite races. Also contributing to the broadcast will be ABC13 reporters Bob Slovak, David Nuno, Kaitlin McCulley, Rebecca Spira and Samica Knight.
The Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon have featured the finest long distance runners in the world who have won Olympic Medals and Marathon Majors. Houston has a long and successful racing tradition, from staging the 1992 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon to hosting 16 U.S. Half Marathon National Championships. In 2007, two-time Olympian Ryan Hall set the American Half Marathon Record 59:43 that still stands today, and last year, Kenyan Mary Wacera ran the fastest half marathon ever by a woman on U.S. soil in a time of 66:29.
ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming devices nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.
About Longhorn Network
ESPN has a 20-year agreement to own and operate a year-round, 24-hour network dedicated to Texas athletics in partnership with UT and IMG College. Longhorn Network offers a variety of content, highlighted by more than 175 exclusive events annually from 20 sports, original series and studio shows, historical programming and academic and cultural happenings.
About the Houston Marathon Committee, Inc.
Established in 1972, the Houston Marathon Committee, Inc. (HMC) annually organizes the nation’s premier winter marathon, half marathon, and 5K. Over 250,000 participants, volunteers and spectators make Chevron Houston Marathon Race Day the largest single-day sporting event in Houston. A founding member of Running USA, the HMC hosts the IAAF bronze labeled Aramco Houston Half Marathon and silver labeled Chevron Houston Marathon. For four consecutive years, the events have garnered Gold Certification from the Council of Responsible Sport and were awarded the 2015 AIMS Green Award for industry-leading sustainability initiatives.Race Weekend generates over $50 million in economic impact for the region annually. In 2016, the Run for a Reason Charity Program raised $2.3 million, while the Houston Marathon Foundation supported youth and community running initiatives. Televised annually by broadcast partner ABC13, 2016 was the first time that the event was syndicated live nationally and internationally on ESPN3 and the Longhorn Network. Host to 16 U.S. Half Marathon Championships since 2005 and the 1992 women’s Olympic Trials Marathon, the HMC also conducted the 2012 men’s and women’s U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon.