Crazylegs Classic A Great Way to Get Kids Excited About Exercise
MADISON - Have you ever thought about doing the Crazylegs Classic?
The 30th Annual Crazylegs Classic, an 8K run or 2-mile walk, is Saturday, April 30 in downtown Madison.
The event starts at 10am on the Capitol Square and finishes on the football field at Camp Randall Stadium.
The excitement of being in a run or a walk as part of a community event is the type of experience that helps get young people on track for an active lifestyle. To encourage just that, the UW Health Pediatric Fitness Clinic sponsors "Team Fit Kids" as part of its program to counter childhood obesity.
Last year, the team consisted of 15 youngsters ages 7 to 14, their family members and Pediatric Fitness Clinic staff. The festivities and camaraderie showed the kids there's fun in fitness. All of the kids were participating in the event for the first time, and most of them will be back again this year.
In the 2010 Crazylegs, only one child set a goal to complete the 8K run, so Dr. Blaise Nemeth, a pediatrician and orthopedic specialist, decided to run with him for support. "Running the Crazylegs with one of our patients was one of the most inspiring events in my career," Nemeth said.
The Pediatric Fitness Clinic again will sponsor a team; sorry, we can only sponsor kids who are being seen in the clinic. But anyone can organize a group - families, neighbors, Scouts, etc. - and sign up for the Crazylegs Classic.
To register or for more information, visit the Crazylegs Classic website. The early registration deadline is Thursday, April 7. New this year, there are additional pick-up locations for Crazylegs t-shirts and race bibs - the Best Buy stores located on Madison's east and west sides.
Date Published: 03/21/2011