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 36 years ago, it has attracted over 342,000 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. In honor of the 35th anniversary of the race in 2016, a list of 35 significant moments was created (click here to view).

Registration Information



— OR —

2 Mile Walk – CLOSED

  • Prices through 4/28/2018 at Midnight (Central).
  • Check Back Soon For 2019 Prices.

Fun & Fitness Team

8K Run – $40.00


2 Mile Walk – $30.00

  • Minimum Team Size is 10 People
  • All registrants must be paid by
    Tuesday, April 17th – 4:00pm (Central).
  • Late team registrations are not accepted.
    No exceptions!

Team (Fun & Fitness)

Fun and Fitness Teams

What is a Fun & Fitness Team?

Any group, family, organization or business can form a team to participate in the 37th annual Crazylegs Classic. Forming a team offers a great opportunity to promote camaraderie, friendships, and overall health.

A team must consist of at least ten (10) members who can choose to either Run (8K) / Wheelchair or Walk (2–mile). Benefits of a Fun & Fitness team include:

  • Team Packet pickup – convenience of team materials being available for your team captain or delegate to pick up on Tuesday, April 24th from 10am – 6pm at the LaBahn Arena — (North Plaza). This bypasses packet pick–up by each individual team member. All registrants must be paid by Tuesday, April 17th – 4:00pm (Central).
  • A 2018 Crazylegs Classic T–shirt
  • A 2018 Fun & Fitness team plaque to proudly display

We Want To Know!

Have a story to tell? Participating on behalf of a certain cause or in memory of someone special?

** Share it with us! Many times the Fun & Fitness teams are formed for this reason and we would like to know yours… so we can give it a little “press”! Please email us at [email protected] or call 608–261–5347. Post it on the Crazylegs Facebook page @UWCrazylegsClassic. #crazylegsclassic

Fun & Fitness Team Packet Pickup

Team Captain or designated member is responsible for picking up all team race gear.

Tuesday, April 24th - 10am - 6pm at LaBahn Arena (North Plaza)
601 W. Dayton Street, Madison, WI

Race Gear Pick–Up (T-Shirts & Bibs)

You will choose one of these locations when registering where you will go to to pick up your race gear. This is for Individuals Only – you may pick up for others (but you must bring their confirmation ticket to do so). *We do not mail*

Kohl Center

601 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53715

  • Friday, April 27th
    10am – 7pm
  • Saturday, April 28th
    7am – 9am

Hy-Vee (East Madison)

3801 E. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53704

  • Friday, April 27th
    10am – 7pm

Hy-Vee (Fitchburg)

2920 Fitchrona Rd., Fitchburg, WI 53719

  • Friday, April 27th
    10am – 7pm

Race Information & Rules

Event Start Times

RUNNERS – 8K RUN – 10:00am (CDT) / Wheelchair – 9:50am (CDT)

Run Start

Race Start / Finish Locations


RUNNERS AND WALKERS will BOTH START on STATE STREET with staging down Carroll Street.

No registration or packet pick-up at the start.

Walk Start

A grand FINISH near the 50 yard line of Camp Randall Stadium. Finish where legends such as the legendary Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch (who the race is named after), Pat Richter, Ron Dayne, J.J. Watt, and Russell Wilson have played.

Crazy Legs Finish

Clothing / Gear Transportation

For participants’ convenience, clear Crazylegs bags are provided at the packet pickup locations to put their sweats, etc. in. Reynolds Transfer & Storage, Inc. provides the sweat trucks at the starting areas on the Square and transports the bags over to Camp Randall Stadium. No personal bags or backpacks can be dropped off at the sweat truck. The last truck leaves the square at 10:40am. For sweats pickup at the stadium, follow signs to “SWEATS PICKUP” as you exit from the finish. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST PERSONAL ITEMS. BAGS MUST BE MARKED ON THE OUTSIDE WITH YOUR BIB NUMBER AND WAVE (IF APPLICABLE) FOR IDENTIFICATION. All bags are subject to screening.

Photo Opportunities

Event pictures will be taken at both race starts and finish lines, downtown on Capitol Square and along the race courses, with the Grand Marshal and other race dignitaries for promotional and keepsake purposes. There are also photo opportunities with Bucky Badger, student-athletes, and the Bucky Wagon. Capture your Crazylegs race memory!

Group Photo Bucky

First Aid

Medical personnel are posted along the course and inside the Field House at the finish. If you need assistance look for the Course Marshals along the course. Paramedics will travel the course on bicycles.

Lost & Found

At the Stadium – go to Guest Services in the south end zone in the concourse or email [email protected] after the race.

Free Shuttles & Parking

Free Shuttles!

FREE race day shuttles to the starting line (Capitol Square near the race staging area).

Shuttle Pickup Locations Start @ 7:00am & Include:
Kohl Center (601 W. Dayton)
Camp Randall (1440 Monroe Street Near Gate 1)

*Please Note – NO Shuttles After 10am.

The buses do not return to the square after the race so please plan your transportation accordingly.

Be sure to review any street closures or construction detours on race day.
A detour map will be available closer to race day.


*Please note – depending on the day and time these lots will NOT be free. Click on the lot names below for a map or visit map.wisc.edu.

For packet pick-up:

Race day parking suggestions:

Rules & Safety

The following must be followed by all participants:

  • Your race bib for the run must be worn on the outside of your clothing in order to be timed.
  • No strollers or baby joggers are allowed in the run. Strollers, wagons and baby joggers are only allowed in the walk. Look for wave “Walkers with Accessories” at the walk start.
  • No bicycles, unicycles, roller blades, Heelys, skateboards, or ripsticks.
  • No pets allowed in the walk or run.
  • Walkers are not allowed to walk the run course.
  • Walkers use crosswalks and sidewalks.
  • Any participant on the course after the NOON closure will need to move to the sidewalk, as all streets and intersections will re-open at that time.
  • Obey race officials and yield to emergency vehicles.
  • Devices that play music may be worn but please be aware of your surroundings.


The Crazylegs Classic welcomes family and friends of Crazylegs participants. Spectators are allowed access to Camp Randall Stadium at 10:00 am to view the race finish and take part in the post-race festivities. Please follow appropriate signs for spectators.

Important – spectators are not allowed on the field, so please plan your post-race meeting with race participants accordingly in a pre-determined section and row.


As a service to Crazylegs Classic participants and spectators, we will have a STROLLER/BABY JOGGER CHECK AND PARK area located just outside the southwest corner of Camp Randall Stadium (near Gate C of the Field House) in parking Lot 19, as these items are not allowed in the Stadium. This is a new location for 2018 due to the change in the walk course. All strollers/baby joggers will be checked in and watched at all times by Crazylegs Classic staff so you may take part in the post-race festivities without worrying about accidents and injuries. They can then be picked after you exit the stadium.

Crazylegs Classic Carry-In Policy

IMPORTANT: All items, race participants, and spectators must comply with the Camp Randall Stadium carry-in policy and are subject to search. Storage facilities are not available for checking prohibited items. Items left at gates will be disposed of accordingly.

Items permitted: bags no larger than 8.5” x 11”, binoculars, cameras, blankets, jackets, items related to a medical condition, chair backs (not more than 16” wide), and diaper bags (with child).

Items prohibited (including, but not limited to): bags larger than 8.5” x 11” (including backpacks), food, beverages, containers, laser pointers, banners, flags, signs, noisemakers, weapons, inflatables, laptops, video recorders, umbrellas, or any items deemed dangerous or inappropriate.

WIAA Restrictions

Attention WIAA Athletes – WIAA high school athletes participating on high school track teams in the spring are Ineligible to register for the 8K run. Click here to see restrictions.

Wave Starts

Runners - Your race bib must be worn to be timed. The 8K Run will have a wave start which will be clearly marked as you arrive at the square to help get you in place for the 10:00am start. Please note the Run Start will now be on State Street with staging down Carroll Street. Look for wave signs and line up according to your assigned wave on your bib.

Walkers - The 2 mile walk will start immediately following all of the runners which should be around 10:30am (CDT). There will be 'wave' markers for the walkers to line up behind. The waves are marked as "Speed Walkers", "Casual Walkers", or "Walkers with Accessories" for those with strollers, wagons, and baby joggers.

Crazylegs Classic Runners

Can I Still Run With My Friends?

Absolutely. The wave start system is set up to allow you to run with your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors or the fellow runner you met just that morning.

Any runner can move BACK in the waves. For example, if you are assigned to wave C and your friend is in wave F, you can simply line up in wave F at the start.

  • Runners can only move back in waves, never forward.


Plaques will be awarded to the overall top 3 male and female runners based on gun time.


First place male/female age group awards will also be mailed after the event in the following categories:

  • 14 & under
  • 15-19
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75-79
  • 80+