TV, Streaming and Live Tracking for 2016 Chicago Marathon

October 7, 2016

The 2016 Bank of American Chicago Marathon – the second Abbott World Marathon Major of the Fall – takes place on Sunday.

The race starts at 8:30 a.m. ET (7:30 a.m. local time).

TV and Internet Streaming in the United States

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Watch Live on The NBC5 and stream will be live available live on and it doesn’t get better than the broadcast crew of Tim Hutchings and Ed Eyestone plus local anchors Lauren Jiggets and Siafa Lewis and Greg Meyer and Carrie Tollefson with the leaders. Video below.

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TV: For Chicago-area residents, the race will be shown live on NBC 5 (and starting at 8 a.m. ET (7 a.m. local time).

National coverage is being provided by NBCSN. NBCSN presents live coverage of the Chicago starting at 8 a.m. ET. Paul Swangard and Todd Williams are the national commentators.

An encore presentation of the race will air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on Universal HD.

Date Time (ET) Event Network
Sun., Oct. 9 8 a.m. Chicago Marathon (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 9 8 p.m. Chicago Marathon Universal HD
Sun., Oct. 16 3:15 a.m. Amsterdam Marathon (LIVE) & the NBC Sports app
Sun., Oct. 16 6 p.m. Amsterdam Marathon Universal HD

Live Tracking

The Chicago Marathon website will offer a live results page with a leaderboard where you can track your favorite runners. For the elite km by km splits for the lead men, you have to go here as Helmut Winter, Sean Hartnett, Nathan Schaffer are putting up tons of splits:

For the first time in 2016, the Chicago marathon has an app that runners and fans can download (iPhone and here for Android, or by searching “Bank of America Chicago Marathon” in the App and Google Play stores) to track runners.

Live Thread
And always one of the best places to find out what is going on with the race is the live discussion thread on the messageboard. The live thread often has links for foreign visitors on where they can watch the race.

MB: Official 2016 BOA Chicago Marathon Live Discussion Thread

You can read some of our-pre race coverage below.

Men’s Preview: Dickson Chumba Goes for the Repeat as Americans Luke Puskedra, Elkanah Kibet & Diego Estrada Do Battle No one has repeated in Chicago since Sammy Wanjiru in 2010 (the final race Wanjiru would ever run). Chumba is the best of a shallow men’s elite field that also features two-time London champ Tsegaye Kebede and two-time world champ Abel Kirui looking to resurrect their careers.

Women’s Preview: LRC It’s a Clash of the Kiplagats as Florence and Edna Square Off on the Streets of Chicago The women’s field in Chicago has a total of seven women with PRs under 2:25 including the Kiplagats, Boston champ Atsede Baysa and Kenyan Olympian Visiline JepkeshoSerena Burla (8th at Olympic Trials), Alia Gray (10th at Olympic Trials) and Sarah Crouch (2nd American at Boston) are the top U.S. entrants.

Dickson Chumba wins in 2:09:25

The Comeback: How Luke Puskedra Bounced Back from 4th Place at the Olympic Trials and His Daughter’s Cancer Diagnosis to Prepare for Sunday’s Chicago Marathon Puskedra’s 14-month old daughter Penelope, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma two days after the Trials, is now cancer-free. That’s allowed Puskedra to focus on cranking out 130-mile weeks (in singles!) in preparation for Chicago.

Americans Luke Puskedra, Elkanah Kibet & Diego Estrada Talk About Their Chicago Marathon Buildups Puskedra thinks he’s in similar shape to last year when he was a big surprise, Estrada says he’s purposely going in undertrained and Kibet might be in the best shape of the three.

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