Crazylegs Classic

How the run got started and history made over a couple beers…
Not surprisingly, the idea 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 “Crazylegs Run” in his honor.

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 37 years ago, it has attracted over 354,000 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.

April 25, 2020 Cancelled


2 Mile Walk
April 25, 2020 (Saturday) - 09:50
2 miles
Solo Road
8K Run
April 25, 2020 (Saturday) - 09:50
8 kilometers
Solo Road


Apr 25 2020 : Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
2.8°C - 12.7°C (37.1°F - 54.9°F)

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Last checked on 2020-04-20


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