26.2 miles, 43 cameras and 35,000 stories
This week, though, the only crowd "demonstration" we expect our cameras to capture are pictures of passionate and enthusiastic support for the 35,000 runners of the London Marathon. Some of whom are putting their reputations on the line while many more are raising millions of pounds for charity.
We will also spare a thought for the centenary of the Marathon distance - 26 miles and 385 yards first run between Windsor and White City in the 1908 Olympics and how the Italian Dorando Pietri become a legend. Overall though, this is an event to capture the imagination as we marvel at the exploits and courage of all those taking part whether their target is qualification, a world record or just simply getting round.
Five-and-a-half hours of live TV coverage get under way at 0830 BST on BBC One. Sue Barker presents the programme with Steve Cram, Brendan Foster, Paul Dickenson and Tanni Grey-Thompson in the commentary box. Reporters on the course are Jonathan Edwards, Rob Walker, Phil Jones, Jake Humphrey and Lizzie Greenwod-Hughes.
Peter Elliott and Richard Nerurkar will, as usual, follow the elite races from their close-up vantage point on a motorbike. The sound from their microphones is beamed up to a circling plane and two helicopters and then passed on to receiving points in Television Centre.
Our four motorbike cameras and two cameras in the helicopters follow a similar path. Overall, we will have 43 cameras out and about along the route.
While the main BBC One programme will focus on the best of everything, our interactive service will, once again, concentrate on covering the men's and women's races initially - Ed Harry and Veronique Marot with the women, Mike Gillingham and Mike Gratton with the men - followed by continuous coverage of the finish and a replay of the mini-marathon finishes.
John Inverdale will host Radio 5 Live's race day coverage, ably assisted by Mike Costello, Allison Curbishley and the 1984 Olympic bronze medallist Charlie Spedding. There's also the comprehensive service of news, views, guides, tips, and our 26-week training diary on bbc.co.uk/athletics.
It promises to be an inspirational day on the streets of London and BBC Two will return to the London marathon at 1840 BST for highlights of the day and more stories of individuals determined to reach their goals and help others in the process.