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6 ways to watch the 2016 Boston Marathon

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Good news, running fans! There are more ways than ever to watch the Boston Marathon this year. Check out these six ways to watch the race and don’t miss a minute of the action.

1. National TV

The Boston Marathon will be broadcast on NBCSN this year versus smaller stations in previous years.  

NBCSN will have 4-1/2 hours of coverage on Marathon Monday, with the broadcast starting at 8:30 a.m. ET and lasting until 1 p.m. (the elite women start at 9:32 a.m. and the elite men and first wave start at 10 a.m.)

In addition, NBC-owned Universal HD will broadcast a preview show on Sunday, April 17 at 4 p.m. ET, and play an encore of the race at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 18.

2. Online

In addition to the television options, the Boston Marathon broadcast will be livestreamed on the NBC Sports Live Extra app, which can be downloaded for free to your smartphone or tablet, or found on platforms like Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.
To access the content, you need to provide login credentials from your television provider. On web browsers, the stream is available at

3. Local TV

For those in the Boston area, CBS affiliate WBZ-TV will have coverage throughout the day, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET. In addition, a course guide and finish-line cam will be set up on its website,

4. Boston Marathon Mobile App

For the ultimate Boston fan, you’ve got to download the official app of the Boston Marathon. The app features a real-time leaderboard, post-race results search, links to the latest news, tracking for your ten favorite runners, and a detailed course map. The 2016 version of the app even includes favorite things to do and see in Boston and a countdown clock for those of you who just can’t wait.

5. Texts from Athlete Alerts

Get live updates on your heroes sent right to your phone! AT&T is sponsoring “athlete alerts” for this year’s race. Just text RUNNER to 234567 and find bib numbers here.

6. Live!

Cheer on your favorite runner right from the sidelines. Just watch out for traffic and be sure to review the B.A.A.’s guidelines for spectators.

Are you running the 2016 Boston Marathon? Are you spectating? If you’re rocking your Swiftwicks, be sure to hashtag #beSwift!

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