Wednesday, October 24, 2007

NOVA's Marathon Challenge

I received an email from a PBS's NOVA promotional person that had asked if I would post this to my blog. I've always wanted to be part of such a documentary. One day...

NOVA's "Marathon Challenge" will be premiering this Tuesday, October 30, at 8PM ET/PT on PBS. You can check your local listings to confirm when it will be broadcast near you at

Here's the scoop on the show: Six months ago, a team of rookies stepped to the starting line of the Boston Marathon. As members of Team NOVA, they were part of an experiment: a test to see what it takes to mold a batch of non-runners into a team of marathoners. Tune in Tuesdsay to find out how this diverse group of hopeful novices transformed physically and mentally to meet the challenge.

While you're waiting, why not click over to the Marathon Challenge Web site,, where you can meet Team NOVA and its coaching group, get training tips, and explore the physiology of fitness.

Plus, we have two podcasts and a vodcast scheduled to launch this week in conjunction with the show: On Wednesday, meet Sama Elbannan, a 28-year-old novice whose "Oh, it's just a marathon!" attitude evaporates almost as soon as she laces up her shoes. Then elite runner Uta Pippig, advisor to Team NOVA, describes her philosophy on running in "Taking the Marathon Challenge," also hitting iTunes on Wednesday. On Friday, "Coach Don" Megerle, director of the Tufts President's Marathon Challenge and a coach of Team NOVA, shares the adrenaline rush he gets from watching his runners achieve their marathon goals: "After the last person is finished crossing the line, it takes me several days to come down from that." These 'casts are all available on iTunes. Or, visit our podcasting page to find out how to get them delivered directly to your computer:



Blogger Brian Hawkinson said...

Ah, thanks for the info! I love watching stuff like this but I can rarely find out when they are on...

For those using DVR I searched Marathon Challenge and nothing came up... You have to search NOVA and then search the titles in order to find it on Tuesday.

2:57 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

I'm going to have to record it myself. Thanks for the tip!

10:26 AM  

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