How To Watch The 2017 Chicago Marathon

How to watch this Sunday's race on TV and online—and why you should absolutely tune in.

The Chicago Marathon takes place on Sunday, Oct. 8. The first wave of runners will start at 8:30 a.m. EST. Known for its flat-and-fast course, there should be some speedy times and great races to look forward to.

How To Watch

In the United States, the Chicago Marathon will be shown live on NBCSN and their streaming service NBC Sports Gold. Coverage starts at 8:00 a.m. EST on NBCSN. If you don’t have cable, NBC Sports Gold is a subscription-based service, available for $69.99 for the entire track and field season.

The local Chicago NBC affiliate is also providing coverage. NBC 5 and the NBC Chicago app will offer a live stream beginning at 8 a.m. EST online and on-air. The coverage will continue until 12 p.m. EST on TV. A live finish line camera will stream until 3:30 p.m. EST on the NBC Chicago app and website. Telemundo Chicago will also be providing coverage starting at 8 a.m. EST. If you’re not in the area, and will be showing the race all day.

Spectators following along at home or on the course can track individual runners with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Mobile App. You can track up to 20 runners. The app is available on the App Store and Google Play.

Why Should You Watch?

Two runners: Jordan Hasay and Galen Rupp. Both of these talented Americans have a chance to win their respective races. The last American man to win Chicago was Khalid Khannouchi in 2002. Deena Kastor was the women’s champion in 2005.

A tough international field won’t make it easy for these runners to cruise to victory. On the woman’s side, 2015 and 2016 winner Florence Kiplagat is back to defend her title. She’s joined by Tirunesh Dibaba, who has run the third fastest marathon time ever. In the men’s race, last year’s champion Abel Kirui is running again. He’s one of six runners in the men’s race who have run under 2:07.

Want to know more about this year’s race? Check out five things you should know about the 2017 Chicago Marathon.

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