Conquering Crazylegs

the annual Crazylegs Run

The last Saturday in April found me awaiting the start of the annual Crazylegs Run on the capitol square, an 8k route (5 miles).

Sam & me

This was a first for me, running an officially sanctioned race, #1331 on my racing bib. Just ahead of me, in Area D, son Sam, who was going to be running at a little faster clip.

onto Carroll Street

Ahead of me, about 8,000 runners. So it took a while to make our way onto Carroll Street, heading towards the starting gate.

high fived Bucky Badger;

Approaching the starting gate, high fived Bucky Badger; this year’s Grand Marshall, Alando Tucker; and a number of other Badger athletes, including Brad Davison.

the race begins

Finally, about 10:15am, the race begins for Section E. Here goes.

Reached the end of State Street

I managed to run as far as Lisa Link Peace Park before slowing to a walk to catch my breath. Reached the end of State Street and turned right onto Park Street.

Mr. Tooth.

Greatly appreciated all those who cheered us on, including Mr. Tooth.

The first mile marker

The first mile marker came into view halfway up Bascom Hill, a steep challenge.

glad to see I wasn't the last runner.

Looking back, I was glad to see I wasn’t the last runner.

Going downhill on Observatory Drive

Going downhill on Observatory Drive went more smoothly.

the turnaround, just ahead of the 3 mile marker.

Finally reached the turnaround, just ahead of the 3 mile marker.

the water station came into view

Was feeling parched when the water station came into view, perfectly timed. More greatly appreciated volunteers.

Another encouraging volunteer: Uncle Sam

Another encouraging volunteer: Uncle Sam, nearing the 4-mile marker.

Camp Randall came into view.

Finally the last stretch of Breese Terrace, and Camp Randall came into view.

the dramatic entrance onto the field at Camp Randall!

Time for the dramatic entrance onto the field at Camp Randall!

Crossed the finish line

Crossed the finish line with a time of just under an hour and a quarter (accounting for the delayed start). Official time was 1:12:20 at a rate of 14:30/mile, placing 99th out of 104 men in my age class.

Reunited with fellow InterVarsity team members in section R at race's end.

Reunited with fellow InterVarsity team members in section R at race’s end. Some were runners, some were walkers, hats and T-shirts made the outfit.

Wasn’t quite as wiped out as I felt the week before, after my 14-mile walk, and feel well-prepared for next month’s 40-mile walk. I just may do this Crazylegs thing again next year.

 

 

 

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