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ESPN, Shame on You! Where Was the Chicago Marathon?!

Posted Oct 12 2009 10:00pm

So I spent the long weekend at my mom’s house, and Sunday morning, after an eleven miler, came back all full of boundless energy, hope and anticipation to watch the Chicago Marathon – only to find that it COULD NOT be found on her television.

I get it to a wee little point – running is not as popular a sport as, say, football, which could be found all over the television.

Yes, I  understand more people watch football and therefore it is shown more, but my mom, who lives in a retirement community, has FOUR (not one, not two, not three, but FOUR!) ESPN channels on her television and guess how many carried the Chicago Marathon, even in parts?

NONE!

That’s right, notta. I had to continually check my cell phone for updates on the race since her low speed internet is soooo darn slow it makes me want to rip my fingernails out one at a time as I wait for a page to load.

I got very little about the race. What I did get came via my facebook running friends, who kept me posted.

I think this is a shame! Shame on ESPN! Why couldn’t they carry at least a portion of the race? There was other news on that day -  I heard about Tebow and the Gators numerous times, and yet no mention of one of the biggest marathons in the country!

Are you kidding me?

Now, runner friends, go out there and develop a running broadcast channel on which we can show the races. I will start one with you, if you want. We’ll show all those other people out there who refuse to mention running as a sport.

Off to the pool. I had 11 good miles yesterday and 6 good miles today with no knee pain. I think I’ll be doing Jacksonville December 20th. Anyone with me?!

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