Wednesday, March 29, 2006

You're a Star!

WGBH’s award-winning science series is seeking volunteers to participate in the filming of Marathon (working title), an hour-long Nova documentary scheduled to debut on PBS in 2007. Marathon will follow a group of first-time marathoners as they train with the Tufts University Marathon Challenge team to participate in one of the world’s most prestigious—and physically challenging—sporting events: the Boston Marathon.

In the interest of science and in promoting a healthy lifestyle through physical activity, Nova has been granted an unprecedented opportunity by the Boston Athletic Association to explore the remarkable transformation the average person undergoes as a result of training for a marathon. Exercise scientists, doctors and nutrition scientists at Tufts University will use sophisticated technology to monitor the physical transformations the participants undergo. State-of-the-art animation will allow viewers to explore changes taking place inside the body and out, and personal diaries will reveal the highs and lows along the way.

To be eligible, would-be marathoners must:
*Be age 21 or over
*Be attempting to run a marathon for the first time
*Not currently be engaged in a regular exercise program or routine
*Be able to participate in training runs in the Boston area on a regular basis

For more information and complete details on how to apply to participate in Marathon, visit or contact Mary Kennedy at (617) 636-6582 or via e-mail at The deadline for applications is May 1, 2006.