While many UW-Madison students and Madison residents began early-morning festivities at the Mifflin Street Block Party, thousands of runners participated in the 30th Annual Crazylegs Classic run Saturday morning.
The event drew in 19,430 registered walkers and runners. Participants took part in the eight-kilometer race and two-mile walk from the Capitol Square to Camp Randall Stadium. All proceeds from the event will go to Badger Athletics.
Kenyan native Benson Cheruiyot, 28, won the men's race with a time of 24 minutes. Cheruiyot set a new Crazylegs record with his race time.
Former UW-Madison athlete Gwen Jorgensen won the women's race with a time of 27 minutes and 47 seconds. Jorgensen also won the women's race the previous year.
The wife of UW-Madison football player Elroy ""Crazylegs"" Hirsch, Ruth Hirsch, served as the event's grand marshall. The race is named in honor of
""Crazylegs"" with the processed going to underwriting scholarships for male and female student-athletes in all sports at UW-Madison.
Three-time track Olympian Suzy Favor-Hamilton was the official Crazylegs walk starter for the event.