March 31, 2019 – Springtime = Time to Run!

Finally we are ditching our winter coats and hats and shifting from basketball to baseball. A sure sign of Spring! I believe Spring is finally here when we start making plans for Crazylegs, a Madison tradition. Thinking about the tradition got me curious about the history of this 8k running event. I learned that in classic Madison style the run was created over a few beers in 1981! A group of 3 Badger loyalists wanted to raise money to support UW Athletics and from there created the idea for Crazylegs. The race was name Crazylegs to honor Elroy Hirsch the Athletic Director at the time.

The first race in 1982 included 1,525 runners and raised $9,500. The event grew in popularity and in 1987 the walk was added. In 2010 the event hit a record with 20,415 runners/walkers. In 37 years over 354,000 runners and walkers have participated in the event!   

Any group, family, organization or business can form a team to participate in the 38th annual Crazylegs Classic. Forming a team offers a great opportunity to promote camaraderie, friendships, and overall health. For more details check out

After you have ran through historic Madison enjoy the post-race festivities at Camp Randall. The celebration includes:

  • Complimentary fruit and beverages (free beer!) for participants

  • Live entertainment

  • UW Marching Band performs with Spirit Squad and Bucky

  • Award ceremony

  • And much more!

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!

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