2007 Osaka, how to enjoy, if you are in the U.S.


Dear Readers, The Running Network, through its member, American Track & Field magazine will be in Osaka for the duration. We will provide daily blogs, plus a synopsis each day on atf newswire, which will be emailed to subscribers plus posted on American Track & Field at www.american-trackandfield.com and at www.runningnetwork.com by our web Editor, Brenda Barrera. Special thanks to Brian Eder at Two Fsh Design for updating newswires and convincing me to start a blog. Brenda will also be posting photo galleries from our photo friends at Photo Run: Victah, Lisa, Jiro and company!

For the History of the World Champs at your fingertips, click on http://www.flipseekllc.com/ATFguide.html.

For your daily coverage, just add a bookmark to this blog, runblogrun.com, and www.american-trackandfield.com. For TV, some great athlete blogs, please read Walt Murphy's suggestions on how to view the World Champs. In 2007, there is more than ever! (Walt's comments are located below):

Walt Murphy's News and Results Service
(c)Copyright 2007-all rights reserved. May not be reprinted or retransmitted without permission.

There are plenty of sources of information for the 11th IAAF World Championships, which begin next Saturday in Osaka, Japan(August 25-September 2).

And you will be able to watch most, if not all, of the action. Here are some tips to help you maximize your enjoyment of the Worlds (before x-country season kicks into high gear!).

NBC schedule(5-1/2 hours):
Sunday-August 26 12:30pm-2:30pm
Saturday-September 1 2:00pm-3:30pm
Sunday-September 2 1:00pm-3:00pm

Versus (the old Outdoor Life Network) will have 2 hours of coverage every day (18 hours + repeat shows)
Daily Schedule

Subscribers can watch live coverage each day--careful--you don't want to lose your job over this(-:
Daily Schedule

To see what time it will be where you are when a particuler event is taking place in Osaka, go to: www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

The IAAF has been posting stories and previews for weeks. Catch up on all the news and much more at: http://osaka2007.iaaf.org/index.html

The IAAF is sponsoring a "Fantasy" Game and offering a grand prize of a free trip to one of its meets to the winner. It's a little tricky, but it's all explained at :http://osaka.fantasyathletics.iaaf.org/ifa/help_rules.jsp. You can get your friends to start a "buddy league" to have a contest-within-the-contest. You can register at http://osaka2007.iaaf.org/index.html (Click on the Fantasy Athletics link). To check out the leading performers in each event, go to: http://www.iaaf.org/statistics/toplists/index.html. And you can see the provisional entry list at: http://osaka2007.iaaf.org/documents/pdf/3653/AT-------.EL2..V01.O.pdf

Some of the most knowledgeable fans of the sport have already begun talking about the Worlds on the Track and Field News messageboard

USATF will provide daily reports on American athletes.

Some athletes are posting blogs as they get ready for the Worlds
Deena Kastor's Diary
Flotrack is posting some blogs and will have daily reports
Leo Manzano, Jenny Barringer, Dathan Ritzenhein, and more.

(Walt Murphy will be in Osaka working with the NBC team broadcast. He will try to send his newsletter, but no guarantees. The TV schedule actually makes their time pretty crazy. Please note that Walt' XC XPress and American Track & Field work on the XC Yearbook each September).

Your editor suggests that you add the following:

American Track & Field magazine: http://www.american-trackandfield.com

Running Network: http://www.runningnetwork.com

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