- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 12, 2006

It is not too late to follow today’s final events of the 11th IAAF World Indoor Championships from Moscow.

The World Championship Sports Network will have complete coverage for today’s events, plus action from the previous two days of the meet and on-demand streaming video.

That is the same company that brought us a stellar 58 hours of coverage of the 10th IAAF world championships from Helsinki in August.

“Because no U.S. broadcast or satellite-delivered network carries these games live or in their entirety, WCSN fills what is otherwise a sports vacuum for fans of these amateurs and professionals who are breaking world records,” the company claims. “WCSN has secured exclusive, long-term licenses with a number of governing organizations representing more than 1,200 hours of annual original programming as well as thousands of hours of archival footage.”

For $19.95, WCSN.com offers more than 24 hours of live and on-demand streaming video coverage of the world indoor championships, which end today. And for just $49.95, fans can watch the entire track and field season, all the way to the IAAF World Road Running Championships in Hungary in October.

That covers 18 events in all, including the IAAF World Cross Country Championships and the European track circuit.

The company has Washington roots. One co-founder, Claude Ruibal, has a law degree from Georgetown and the other co-founder, Thomas Hipkins, has a law degree from George Washington.

The countdown — More than 2,000 runners had registered by yesterday for the inaugural National Marathon and Half Marathon set for Washington in 13 days, according to race organizer Greater Washington Sports Alliance president Bob Sweeney. He said that a few more runners have chosen the half over the full marathon, most likely because of the relatively short notice to prepare for a marathon after the race got on the schedule in November.

Registration allows for up to 5,000 runners, so plenty of entries remain available. Anyone who enters might even end up on television. Sweeney said there will be live coverage on the race’s official media partner, WRC-TV (Channel 4). The start will be shown from 6:58 a.m. to 7:06 a.m., then progress reports will be broadcast during “Today” with live footage from the finish.

Sweeney said the course can be altered if necessary for security reasons. A bomb scare closed down last year’s Army Ten Miler, which was turned into a fun run mid-race.

“We have worked up several different scenarios, if things happen at certain times along the course, if things happen at certain places along the course,” he said.

Maybe, maybe not — The Annapolis Striders will try again this year to hold the 21st Governor’s Bay Bridge Run.

The long-standing race for 2005 was shut down in January by the Maryland Transportation Authority, which cited increased security costs since September 11 and increased traffic congestion for canceling the run as well as the annual Bay Bridge Walk. In 2002, both events were canceled because of nasty weather and in 2003 for security concerns.

This year’s 10K race — The event from Kent Island to Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis is set for May 7 at 8 a.m. Registration can be found on www.annapolisstriders.org.

Sounds funny — The IAAF World Indoor Championships are being telecast nationally this afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. on OLN.

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