I don't know about you all, but if you stayed up until 4:30am like I did to watch the London Marathon, you were probably thoroughly entertained by the races and thoroughly appalled by the coverage. Given that Boston last week wasn't much better, I decided maybe it was because they just don't know what we're looking for.
The result: I wrote up my Marathon Coverage Manifesto: Six Key Principles for Covering a Major Marathon. A snippet:
Something needs to be done. Marathons should not be enhanced by the mute button. I know I'm not alone in feeling this way, because LetsRun devoted their real-time blog to bashing the Boston announcers, and the Science of Sport pretty succinctly summarized all that was wrong in the London broadcast. To relive the damage in its gory details, there is also this LetsRun forum thread. I'm not sure that I can solve this at 4:30am while I've got one eye on the computer screen, but I'm going to give it a shot.
Continue reading here to get the details around all six principles and some specific examples of what I hope to never hear again!
Update: Call me commish! Some love from Runnersworld! Thanks Peter!