23rd annual Crazylegs Classic Saturday

Thousands of runners and walkers will descend upon the UW-Madison campus for the event

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Madison will hold its annual Crazylegs Classic Saturday, a fundraising event for the UW Athletic Department that includes a 5-mile run and a 2-mile walk beginning at 10 a.m. at the Capitol Square and ending at Camp Randall.


As of press time, more than 10,000 people had signed up for the event, with 1,000 to 2,500 more expected to sign up between Thursday and Saturday, setting a new record turnout for the race.


Post-race events include food, a glimpse of the Camp Randall renovations and music from the band "The Love Monkeys."


Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, for whom the event is named, passed away in January at the age of 80.


"This year will be our first run ever without Elroy ‘Crazylegs' Hirsch, our good friend who passed away earlier this year," said Terry Murawski, the Executive Director of the National W Club, which runs the event. "Certainly, we are doing what we can to remember Elroy."


Among the tributes to Hirsch will be the run's commemorative t-shirt, which features Hirsch's UW football No. 40 and his signature. Hirsch's widow, Ruth, as well as the rest of the Hirsch family will serve as grand marshals.


Visit http://www.crazylegsclassic.com for more information.

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