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2016 BMW Dallas Marathon to stream live on WFAA.com; three-hour broadcast airs on WFAA-TV December 11
Follow all the action in 2016 BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon, Behringer Relay and Pro Relay Challenge
DALLAS (December 8, 2016) – WFAA-TV, the Dallas-Fort Worth ABC affiliate, will air the 46th BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and Behringer Relay live on Sunday, December 11. The exclusive home of the BMW Dallas Marathon broadcast since 2005, WFAA’s live, high-definition coverage begins at 8 a.m. CST from the BMW Dallas Marathon start/finish line in downtown Dallas. Three hours of live race footage will also be streamed online at WFAA.com.
Viewers can tune in for race commentary and analysis, as well as feature coverage of the Pro Relay Challenge, which partners five professional and Olympic Trials qualifying runners with each of Dallas’ professional sports franchises in a competitive relay race. The race broadcast will include guest appearances by Rio 2016 Olympics Team USA runners Meb Keflezighi and Desi Linden, and viewers will enjoy highlights of this year’s race partnership with BMW, which brings more than 100 BMW cars to the 26.2-mile course, and watch the drama unfold as local athlete and 2015 Dallas Marathon champion Logan Sherman seeks back-to-back marathon victories.
Hosts Juli Henner-Benson and Todd Whitthorne anchor the BMW Dallas Marathon broadcast, with course analysts Mike Leslie, Sonia Azad and Ted Madden. WFAA meteorologist Colleen Coyle will be running in the BMW Dallas Half Marathon as part of the 2016 Last Woman Running promotion, raising money for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
In addition to the downtown start/finish line set, WFAA will use a multitude of cameras on race day to capture course footage, including specially built motorcycles, helicopters and more. For more information, visit BMWDallasMarathon.com or WFAA.com.
BMW DALLAS MARATHON BROADCAST TEAM
Juli Henner-Benson, Host
Benson represented the United States in the 1500-meter run at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and currently serves as coach to the United States Air Force Academy cross-country program, a role she has held since 2009. In 2013 she was selected as assistant coach for the U.S. team at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia. Benson is a veteran marathon commentator, having contributed regularly to race broadcasts for the New York City, Boston, Los Angeles and BMW Dallas Marathon. A graduate of James Madison University, Benson currently lives in Highlands Ranch, CO, with her husband Robert.
Todd Whitthorne, Host
Whitthorne has enjoyed an Emmy award-winning broadcast career, and is recognized as one of the country’s leading public speakers on health and wellness. The marathoner produced and hosted a nationally syndicated radio program for eight years and has served as co-host of the BMW Dallas Marathon race broadcast since 2005. Whitthorne is a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology and exercise physiology.
About the BMW Dallas Marathon
The Dallas Marathon is a nonprofit organization with a focus on promoting health and physical fitness through running events and related activities. Dating back to 1971, the organization hosts year-round events culminating with Dallas’ largest and Texas’ oldest running marathon: the BMW Dallas Marathon. Now in its 46th running, the marquee race attracts runners from across the globe and hundreds of thousands of spectators to Dallas’ largest single-day sporting event. The BMW Dallas Marathon racecourse highlights iconic Dallas landmarks and is recognized as the official marathon of the city of Dallas. Since naming a primary beneficiary in 1997, the Dallas Marathon has donated more than $3.8 million to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. For more information, visit dallasmarathon.com.