Crazy 8s 8K Run canceled for 2020

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 30, 2020 at 10:39 PM

Due to concerns over Covid-19, this year’s Crazy 8s 8K Run in Kingsport has been canceled.

The race, which started in 1990 and had run for 30 consecutive years, was scheduled for Saturday evening, July 11.

“We are obviously devastated to have to make this decision,” said Hank Brown, event co-director. “For 30 years, Crazy 8s has been our passion and everyone involved has worked so hard to make it one of the top running events in the world. We will go to work right away to bring Crazy 8s back in 2021, bigger and better than ever.”

The “World’s Fastest 8K” has been the site of two 8-kilometer world records — Peter Githuka 22:03, 1996; Asmae Leghzaoui, 24:28, 2002 — and seen thousands of runners, walkers and kids grace the world-famous figure-8 course over the years.

“We had big plans this year and were set to announce that Crazy 8s had been approved to host the 2020 USA Men’s 8K National Championship,” Brown said. “We were very excited about this, so this makes it an even harder pill to swallow. However, we must always consider the best interest of participants and attendees.”

Like Brown, co-director Natalie Whitlock weighed in about the cancellation.

“We know so many people will be disappointed,” she said. “Children grow up running Crazy 8s, and it’s a tradition for so many families. Couples run together, and years later introduce us to their children now running Little 8s.

“It is very hard to imagine a summer without Crazy 8s and the wonderful memories that are made under the lights at J. Fred Johnson Stadium. It’s a very difficult and confusing time for the world. We make these hard decisions to allow us to come back and put on healthy and successful events including the Men’s 8K National Championship at Crazy 8s in 2021.”