In case you weren't aware, the World Championships in Beijing (specifically track and field) are starting today as the men's marathon is scheduled to go off at 6:35pm tonight. The World Championships are essentially the Olympics with a little less fanfare and prestige. However, for someone who cannot get enough media coverage of the sport, I am looking forward to this next week where the best athletes of the United States will compete; especially given all the media attention given to positive tests for illegal supplements over the past few months.
I really enjoy watching TV coverage of the marathon or any track and field event, but it is really difficult to do this without having to pay extra. This week's events, for example, are only airing on Universal Sports, which under my current TV package would cost an extra $10/month. Although it's not extremely prohibitive, it is enough of a pain that I decided just to read about the results rather than watching live. Why is it that it is so difficult to watch a sport that I love?
There is an online streaming option, but without subscribing, I'm not sure how exactly it will work. If you are one of the lucky people to have access to Universal Sports (or would just like to follow the results as they come about), you can find the schedule HERE.
For the rest of us who want to figure out if Usain Bolt still has "it" in the 100/200 or if Evan Jager can outrun the African continent who typically dominates the 3000 Steeplechase or how sprinter Allyson Felix responds from a hamstring injury, we will either have to head to a friend's who has the channel or track live results from Beijing. I doubt it will replace MLB or preseason football at Rookie's on Louise. Either way, as long as running results are in the news, it's a good week.
Happy running (and happy Beijing 2015 week)!