NYRR Press Release
February 26, 2019
WABC-TV, Channel 7 Eyewitness News to offer coverage of the race, including pro race look-ins and interviews along the course with inspiring runners
Full recap show to air later in the afternoon on ABC7
New York – New York Road Runners and New York’s most-watched station, WABC-TV, Channel 7, together with co-executive producers Endeavor Content, will offer viewers in New York City and around the world three different ways to watch the 2019 United Airlines NYC Half on Sunday, March 17.
The 14th running of the United Airlines NYC Half will take more than 25,000 runners on a 13.1-mile park-to-park tour from Brooklyn to Manhattan, starting in Prospect Park, passing through iconic New York City landmarks including Grand Army Plaza, the United Nations, Grand Central Terminal, and Times Square, before ending near the iconic TCS New York City Marathon finish line in Central Park.
Viewers can watch the race in three ways:
- Channel 7 Eyewitness News, starting at 6:00 a.m. ET, will offer coverage of the race, including features and interviews with inspiring runners, and live professional athlete race look-ins. This will be made available on WABC-TV, Channel 7 and the ABC app in the New York area and at abc7ny.com.
- Pro Race Livestream, live at 7:10 a.m. ET, will cover the men’s and women’s professional athlete races on multiple ABC7 and NYRR social and digital media channels, including abc7ny.com, @abc7NY on Twitter, and /abc7NY on Facebook; and nyrr.org, @nyrr on Twitter and /NewYorkRoadRunners on Facebook.
- ABC7 Race Recap Show, airing from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET, will offer condensed coverage of the men’s and women’s professional athlete races, along with features and interviews with inspiring runners. This show will be made available on WABC-TV, Channel 7 in the New York area and abc7ny.com.
The event will have a star-studded professional athlete field, which features nine Olympians and nine Paralympians, including all four defending champions in Ben True (USA), Buze Diriba (ETH), Ernst van Dyk (RSA), and Manuela Schär (SUI), along with 2018 Boston Marathon champion Des Linden (USA) and Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo (USA) who will be making his much-anticipated debut at the half-marathon distance.
In addition to the professional athletes and 25,000 citizen runners covering the 13.1 miles from Brooklyn to Manhattan, nearly 1,000 youth runners will participate in 1200-meter heats through Times Square in the Rising New York Road Runners race at the United Airlines NYC Half. NYRR is celebrating 20 years of providing free youth running programs, serving nearly 250,000 youth across the country annually through Rising New York Road Runners.