- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 2, 2003

Thank goodness for technology.
Not that I understand it.
Frankly, in a perfect world, I would be in Boston, not only among people who truly enjoy the snow but seated firmly in the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College watching many of America's top athletes competing on a fast 200-meter banked track. Watching people like Allen Johnson, Regina Jacobs, Gail Devers, Stacy Dragila, Amy Acuff and, of course, Alan Webb.
But I could not be in Boston this weekend, nor could millions of other track enthusiasts across the nation. So thank goodness for technology.
Today you can actually watch live the entire program on the final day of the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships from your home. No, we are not so lucky to be on national television all day and, no, you do not need to be an ESPN2 subscriber to watch track and field today (although you could have seen Webb run last night on that cable channel).
All you need do today is log onto your computer and i2sports, an Internet-based sports broadcaster based at Syracuse University, will bring you the first webcast of an elite national championship event between 1 and 5:30 p.m.
You will need Windows Media Player 9, which is free from Microsoft, and a high-speed Internet connection of 384 kbps or faster, cable modem, DSL, T1 or other high-speed access about which I have no clue. So the dinosaurs among us still using dial-up, even at 56 kbps, will be out of luck. I'm heading to the office to watch.
According to i2sports, today's webcast will utilize Tandem Multimedia Simulcast technology and four camera crews. To view it, go to www.i2sports.com, pay $10 and enjoy. Events include the 200-meter trials and finals; Jacobs in the 3,000, the 800, the long jump, high jump, pole vault and shot put, as well as the masters exhibition 200 meters for women over 40 and the 3,000 meters for men over 40.
The USA championships, which began in 1888 in New York, is the oldest indoor track championship. Today's renewal will attract more than 600 athletes vying for a spot on the U.S. team for the world indoor championship in Birmingham, England, March 14-16.
Snow job
Nearly every outdoor running event planned for February was canceled. This weekend was no different as roads and paths still are partly to totally impassable.
Today's B&A; Trail Marathon and Half Marathon were canceled, and Rachael's Valentines 5K was postponed until March 16. Yesterday's Potomac Outlook 4K was canceled, and the DCRRC Belle Haven 25K was shortened to 8 miles because of slush and ice on the bike path.
"We tried to balance the needs of the greyhounds versus the needs of the slushhounds," Bob Platt said jokingly about the Belle Haven race. He said the newfangled route took approximately 60 entrants on a course that included the bike path and local roads along the GW Parkway in Alexandria.
Race director Tom Bradford canceled his B&A; races in Annapolis on Friday, saying, "Although the main roads may look good, we would have been running on side roads in communities that may not get plowed, and the schools are closed, so the plowing of the parking lots are lower priority. Temperatures are staying low 28 degrees forecast for Sunday morning so whatever might have melted could be frozen."
Platt noted that the Washington's Birthday Marathon in Greenbelt, canceled two weeks ago, missed its first race in the 42-year history of the event.
Never too early
Online registration for the Army Ten-Miler began yesterday. It seems a long way off to its Oct.5 running, but at some point, the race probably will close out, as it always does. The field closes by Sept.5 or when 18,000 entries are received.
Race director Jim Vandak said, "We usually have 2,500 to 3,000 people that register the first week that registration is open." Go to armytenmiler.com.

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