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Crazylegs Classic 8K

Sunday April 27th, 2025
Madison, Wisconsin
Distance: 8K · 2 Mile Walk
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The idea for this race was hatched over a couple of beers in late 1981 by three Badger loyalists at a campus bar. The three, Tom Grantham, Ken Sparks, and Rich Backus, wanted to raise money to support UW Athletics. As admirers of then- Athletic Director Elroy Hirsch, they asked his permission to name it the "Crazy legs Run" in his honor. Tom Grantham continues to serve as General Chairman on the Crazylegs Classic Executive Committee.

A Little "Classic" History

The first race in 1982 attracted 1,525 runners and raised $9,500. The event grew in popularity and the walk was added in 1987 with 676 walkers the first year. The event has grown substantially reaching a record high of 20,415 in 2010. Since the inaugural race 34 years ago, it has attracted over 316,300 runners and walkers. The Crazylegs Classic has become a time-honored tradition of the University of Wisconsin, as well as a much anticipated event to kickoff spring in the Madison community. In honor of the 35th anniversary of the race in 2016.

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displays approximate race location · Madison WI 53706

Crazylegs Classic 8K, Race Date: 2024-04-27, Distance: 8k
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 26:08 Drew Padgett 31 Madison, WI
2nd Male 26:15 Eric Stratman 28 Madison, WI
3rd Male 26:19 Aiden Mchugh 35 Madison, WI
4th Male 26:30 Peter Enger 23 Verona, WI
Female 28:09 Danielle Orie 25 Orchard Park, NY
2nd Female 28:46 Ellen Van Doorn 21 Madison, WI
3rd Female 30:38 Mary Katherine Andrews 28 Fort Collins, CO
4th Female 31:20 Heather Davel Langreck 43 MIneral Point, WI
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 26:39 Matthew Gentz 41 Fitchburg, WI
M 50-59 29:36 Mark Elworthy 53 Whitewater, WI
M 60-69 34:27 Mike Stenklyft 62 Verona, WI
M 70+ 40:50 Bill Derocher 70 Deerfield, WI
F 40-49 31:20 Heather Davel Langreck 43 MIneral Point, WI
F 50-59 34:26 Stacy Eby 56 Verona, WI
F 60-69 32:27 Amneris Curet 62 Madison, WI
F 70+ 51:11 Peggy Brooks 72 Madison, WI
Crazylegs Classic 8K

The race for runners starts at Pinckney Street / E. Washington Street, downtown Madison, WI.The Crazylegs Classic finish near the 50 yard line of Camp Randall Stadium helps make the Crazylegs Classic one of the best races in the country. The scenic race course is considered a “runner’s delight,” starting opposite the State Capitol Building, going down Wisconsin Avenue, moving onto the campus over Observatory Drive to Picnic Point and returning down University Avenue to Camp Randall where it ends at the 50 yard line.


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