Online registration ending for Crazy K

Online registration ending for Crazy K

URBANA — Online registration closes at midnight tonight for the third annual CarX Crazy K race Saturday at the Champaign County Fairgrounds and Crystal Lake Park.

Organizers say potential participants are also welcome to sign up on race day at the event.

The registration fee is $60, and organizers hope to attract more than 2,000 runners and raise more than $60,000 to be divided among more than 30 local charities. At registration, participants can choose which charities they'd like their money to benefit.

At the event, which starts with a kids' competition at noon (adult flights begin every 30 minutes starting at 1 p.m. with the final race at 4:30 p.m.), runners dodge, crawl, climb and slide through obstacles around the course.

Bob Schimmel and Adam LeGrande are largely responsible for the obstacles. They have built them for three years, ever since Crazy K founder Parham Parastaran approached the two about his concept.

"When Parham first approached me, I wasn't sure we could pull it off," LeGrande said. "But once he explained the purpose, I was excited to give it a shot."

Schimmel said finding materials was a challenge as well.

"Fortunately a lot of local companies like Open Road Paving and Armstrong Lumber stepped up and helped us out with materials," he said.

This year's Crazy K boasts 20 obstacles, half of which include water or mud. Some fan favorites —like the Tirade, Romp In The Hay and Muddy Mayhem Pit — return for a third straight year.

The Crazy K has obstacles making their debut in 2013, including the Spider Web Climb, the Dumpster Dive and the Cannonball Hill Climb.

For more information on the event or to register online, visit

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