Virtual Crazylegs Classic

Sat April 24 - Sun May 2 RaceJoy Ready
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The last Saturday of April each spring, over 12,000 Badgers descend on the Capitol Square and State Street to kick off the Crazylegs Classic. 

Not surprisingly, the idea for this event was hatched 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.

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 39 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. 

This spring, we will be unable to join together in person for the safety of all participants, but Badger fans from around the world can unite and run (or walk) the 39th annual Crazylegs Classic virtually. 

Participants are encouraged to create their own course and safely run physically distanced from others. Use the provided Race Joy app access to upload your run results and be sure to tag and post photos using #Crazylegs Classic to show your participation on social media. 


All virtual participants will receive:

  • Crazylegs Classic Under Armour Locker Tee 2.0

  • Race Bib

  • Crazylegs Classic Medal (Limited to first 2,500 registrations) 
  • Crazylegs Classic sticker

  • Free Race Tracking With the RaceJoy App

All packets will be mailed to the shipping address provided while registering. All virtual participants that have registered by Saturday, April 9, will receive their packets prior to Saturday, April 24. Anyone that registers after will receive their items during race week (April 26-May 2nd).

Submitting Your Time

By using the RaceJoy app to record your virtual 5k or 8k, your time is automatically uploaded to the results when you enter your bib number received with registration. Check them out here!

If you're not using RaceJoy or had troubles submitting your time with it, you can also manually submit your run at the top of the results page. Just click on the "Submit Virtual Results" button between April 24th and May 2nd, look up your registration, and enter your time.

Not in it for the competition? You can also mark that you completed the Virtual Crazylegs Classic without submitting a time while logging your results!

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