Registration Information

Race Gear Pick-Up (T-Shirts & Bibs)

Pick-up will take place at the Kohl Center. Friday, April 26th 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Enter at Gate B.

Parking will be available at the hourly rates as space permits in UW-Madison parking ramps 46 and 83. Note that surface lots near the Kohl Center are reserved for campus permit holders, individuals parking without a permit are subject to $50 parking violations.

The City of Madison State Street Ramp will be available at the hourly rate (special event rate of $8 starts at 5:30pm). Meters are available surrounding the Kohl Center.

There will be a limited packet pick-up window available (7:00 am to 9:30 am) the morning of the race. To ensure you start the race on time, participants are encouraged to pick their packets up prior to race day. Packets will not be mailed.

Participants are allowed to pick up for friends and family members. Those who arrive and are requesting to pick-up a large amount of packets, should plan ahead and expect a delay to accommodate these requests.

No registration or packet pick-up at the start.

Race Information & Rules

Event Start Times

RUNNERS – 8K RUN – 10:00am (CDT) / Wheelchair – 9:50am (CDT)
WALKERS – 2 MILE WALK – 10:20am (CDT)

Race Start / Finish Locations

RUNNERS AND WALKERS will BOTH START on LIBRARY MALL at the intersection of State Street and N. Lake Street with staging on Library Mall.

Runners and Walkers will finish outside the Kohl Center.

Clothing / Gear Transportation

Runners and Walkers will both start on Library Mall at the Intersection of State Street and N. Lake Street with staging on Library Mall.

Runners and Walkers will finish outside the Kohl Center.

Due to the proximity of parking lots, along with the start line and finish lines to each other, a gear transportation service will not be provided for 2024 but will return in the future.

First Aid

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

Lost & Found

Email [email protected] after the race.


Parking will be sold in UW-Madison Lots 46 and 91 near the Kohl Center and the start line at Library Mall for $10. Credit cards and or exact change is preferred. Lots open at 7 am.

The City of Madison State Street Campus Garage will have parking available at the posted Special Event Rate.

Due to the proximity of the start line and finish lines to each other, a shuttle service will not be provided for 2024.

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.

Weather Policy

The Crazylegs Classic will happen rain or shine. If conditions exist that make the event unsafe, then the race will be cancelled. Social media accounts (X and Facebook) for Wisconsin Athletics will be the fastest location of race status information on race day. Due the many associated costs that exist with planning an event of this size, refunds will not be provided in the event of a weather cancellation. Click here to view a listing of all the official Wisconsin Athletics social media accounts.

WIAA Restrictions

Attention WIAA Athletes — WIAA High School Athletes, please check with your Coach on eligibility. Click here to see restrictions.

Starting Line

Runners — Your race bib must be worn to be timed. The 8K Run will have a pace signage which will be clearly marked as you arrive at Library Mall to help get you in place for the start. Please note the Run Start will be on Library Mall at the intersection of State Street and N. Lake Street with staging along Library Mall and down Park Street. Look for pace signage and line up according to your projected pace.

Walkers — The 2-mile walk will start after the runners. There will be pace 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 Friends


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.