PHOTO:T. Wiedensohler

BERLIN - It's finally time! Olympic, World and European Champions will be coming to Berlin's Mercedes-Benz Arena tomorrow, Friday, February 23, for the ISTAF INDOOR. 12,000 fans are expected to attend the world's biggest indoor athletics meeting.

Konstanze Klosterhalfen, Peres Jepchirchir and Tamirat Tola PHOTO: Giancarlo Colombo

New regime, new course, but with Olympic and world champions and the usual array of speedsters, Saturday’s Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon is virtually assured of the sort of fast times that have been a feature of the event throughout its 17 year history, including three women’s world records.

By Larry Eder.  I love track and field. I have loved it since I was 14 and Father Ralph Passerelli, S.J. told me to go run six miles. I ran about two, walked a half mile, finished another mile an one half, and some how got the shower at De Smet Jesuit High. I noted that my white Kmart special sneakers were now pink from the blood oozing from my feet. I thought I had stigmata!

By Larry Eder. 1. BBC actually showed seven hours of coverage on Saturday, Feb. 16 and five hours on Sunday. The meet was held in Birmingham Natonal Indoor Stadium, now the Ulitta stadium. Even BBC has learned that, after jerking athletics fans around last yearand not paying UK Athletics some pennies, the BBC, bless their soul, has remembered, that lots of Brits love track & field, and that, in an Olympic year, lots of Brit athletes will be shaking it up a bit in Paris. And Brits love to show up the French.

Jemma Reekie (coach: Jon Bigg; club: Kilbarchan) lit up the Microplus UK Athletics Indoor Championships with a Championship record and the second best time in the world this year on the way to victory in the 800m as more places for next month’s global gathering in Glasgow were secured on a brilliant final day in Birmingham.