NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5 will broadcast the 32nd annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon live starting at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11. More than 45,000 runners are expected to complete the 26.2 mile course that starts and finishes in Grant Park after winding through 29 Chicago neighborhoods. A million spectators are expected to line the course, with even more watching on Channel 5.
WMAQ's Paula Faris and Ed Eyestone, two-time Olympic marathoner, will host the Channel 5 telecast. Broadcaster Toni Reavis and 1996 Olympian Juli Henner will be following the elite runners in the marathon for WMAQ. The station's morning anchors Rob Elgas and Zoraida Sambolin will handle pre- and post-race coverage from the start/finish line. A team of WMAQ talent, including Charlie Wojciechowski, Lauren Jiggetts, Matt Rodewald and Nesita Kwan, will also report from the neighborhoods as the race progresses.