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Annual Crazylegs Classic on April 30 expected to draws record numbers

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Crazylegs Classic is April 30

March 30, 2011

Register for Crazylegs Classic

MADISON, Wis. -- Now is your chance to participate in a truly Madison rite of spring. The 30th annual Crazylegs Classic 8K run and 2-mile walk will take place Saturday, April 30, at 10 a.m. from the Capitol Square in Madison. Register today for this race-participant friendly fund raiser for UW Athletics.

The 8K run starts at 10:00 a.m. CT from the Capitol Square while the 2 mile walk simultaneously begins at the intersection of State Street and Mifflin Street. This annual harbinger of spring is anticipated to have over 22,000 entrants this year which would set a new record. Ruth Hirsch, the widow of the race founder and famed UW Athletic Director and All-American, Elroy Hirsh, will serve as the grand marshal who starts the race. The race finish, near the 50-yard line of Camp Randall Stadium, will be live video streamed on UWBadgers.com.

Participants may still register online at crazylegsclassic.com.The early registration cost for the run is $30 while the walk cost is $23. Late registration (after April 7) will be $30 for walkers, $37 for runners and will be in effect until Tuesday, April 26 at 4 p.m.  Walk-up registration (Friday, April 29 from NOON-8pm or Saturday, April 30 from 7-9am) is $50 for the race and $40 for the walk. Registration includes the famous Crazylegs T-shirt and racing bib with timing chip. For more race details click here.

Race day shuttles from the Camp Randall Arch on Randall Avenue and from the Kohl Center on Dayton Street to the race start will operate from 7:30 to 9 a.m.  Participants and fans may park for free until 2 p.m. at a number of lots around Camp Randall Stadium or the Kohl Center (lot 88 is under construction). For more information on parking and transportation click here.

The Crazylegs Classic post-race festival is a long time favorite of the hard-core runner and fun-seeker alike. Race participants are replenished with free fruit and bottled water, while complimentary beer and the UW Marching Band's legendary 5th Quarter performance provide that unique Wisconsin flavor. The festivities also feature live music from regional favorite, The Eddie Butts Band.

The Crazylegs Classic welcomes friends, families, fans, and spectators of Crazylegs participants to watch the race finish. Spectators can gain access to Camp Randall Stadium to view the race finish and take part in the post-race festivities. Please follow appropriate signs for non-participants. Spectators are not allowed on the Camp Randall field, so please plan your post-race meetings accordingly. Pre-determine a section and row. (Ex. sections A-K, rows 1-50)

The race is named in honor of the legendary Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch. Elroy, the native son of Wausau, Wis., who won All-American honors as a collegian and NFL Hall of Fame designation before becoming Athletic Director at the University of Wisconsin. The event has raised over $5 million to support UW athletics, underwriting scholarships for men and women student-athletes in all sports.

For training tips leading up to the race follow Crazylegs Classic on Twitter and Facebook.

Can't make it to Madison on race day? Last year Crazylegs Classic went global inviting participation from around the world.  In addition to the 20,000 people who are currently taking part in the race in Madison, UW Athletics, the National W Club and the Wisconsin Alumni Association have joined forces to promote the same day event, anywhere there is interest - from Boston to Bismarck, Melbourne to Madrid, Tampa to Tokyo, and anyplace in between.

Register online and receive your race packet, then synchronize your watch to 10:00 a.m. CT (official start time for the Crazylegs Classic) to run/walk your event simultaneously with the group in Madison, Wis., or anytime on April 30th. The most important thing is bringing together the Badger communities (both here at UW and across the world) for a fun-filled and memorable event to be enjoyed by family members, friends, UW alums alike. Click here to register, view photos and read testimonials from those who took part last year.

Race History Quick Facts
• The first race, held in 1982, attracted 1,525 runners and raised $9,500.
• Walkers were added in 1987 and now make up one- third of the participants.
• The starting line has always been on the Capitol Square, although it has moved to different spots.
• 2006 was the first year of the wave start.
• The finish line is always near the 50-yard line inside Camp Randall, which is one of the race's highlights.
• The UW Marching Band serenades participants at the start and finish lines.
• Crazylegs T- shirts are a very popular item worn throughout the year.
• The race has never been cancelled, even when there were snow flurries in 1988.
• Runner's World magazine has rated Crazylegs as one of America's 100 best events.
• The first race to crack the 10,000 mark for participants was in 2000.
• Chip timing devices were first used in 2003.
• The first race after the death of Hirsch in 2004, set a record for participants with more than 12,000. The race has set records each year since with the current record of 20,415 participating in 2010.
• The race went global in 2010 with nearly 400 participants from around the globe registering for a race packet and participating in their own venue apart from Madison.
• The race has raised over $5 million for the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletics program.

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