We have good news and we have bad news. The good news: The Marathon Project is almost upon us, and it has the star power to be one of the best races of the year. The bad news: it’s not going to be the easiest event to stream for Canadians, and you’ll have to pay for a USATF.TV subscription and use a VPN to catch the race live. Either way, get excited, because this race is going to be next-level competitive. Here are some more details on how to watch the event, plus who to keep an eye on throughout the race.
How to watch
If you want to watch the race live, your only option is a USATF.TV subscription. Since this is an American server, you’ll likely also need a VPN, which will change your browser location and allow you to watch the U.S. feed. The race coverage is set to begin at 10 a.m. ET on the live stream. If you don’t mind watching the race after it has been run, you can also opt to watch it on NBC Sports Network, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Who to watch
We’ve already covered the six Canadians racing in Arizona at The Marathon Project and why they could each run to big results (which can be read here), so here’s a look at a few other athletes. Topping the list is Sara Hall, the runner with the fastest PB in the women’s field. Hall ran her lifetime best of 2:22:01 earlier this year at the London Marathon, where she sprinted to second place. This is the sixth-best time in American history, and the word is that Hall will be looking to jump to Number 1 in the U.S. rankings this weekend. To do that, she would have to beat Deena Kastor‘s 2:19:36 American record.
NAZ Elite runners Kellyn Taylor and Stephanie Bruce will also toe the line in Arizona, and both are among the top contenders in the field. Taylor owns a PB of 2:24:29 and Bruce’s best is 2:27:47. Another American to watch is Keira D’Amato, who has had an incredible 2020 season. She kicked the year off with a 15th-place finish at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, where she ran her PB of 2:34:24. In June, she ran a solo 5K time trial, finishing in 15:04, and a few months later in October, she won the Michigan Pro Half-Marathon in a PB of 1:08:57. Finally, she recently set the American 10-mile record at a small event in Washington, D.C., where she ran 51:23. D’Amato’s marathon PB may be a lot slower than the top-seeded women, but based on her season so far, she cannot be counted out.
Scottish runner Sarah Inglis also deserves a shout out, as she lives and trains in B.C., where she works as a teacher. She will be running her debut marathon this weekend, but she has proven that she can lay down some fast times on the road with the Canadian all-comers 5K record of 15:29 and her half-marathon PB of 1:10:24, which she ran in Houston earlier this year.
On the men’s side, the top-seeded runners are Amanuel Mesel Tikue of Eritrea (2:08:17 PB) and Mexico’s Jose Antonio Uribe Marino (2:08:55 PB). Not far behind them is American Scott Fauble, who has a PB of 2:09:09.
To see the full list of runners set to compete at The Marathon Project, click here.