Thousands run Crazy 8's race

POSTED: 6:57 PM Jul 14 2013   UPDATED: 3:11 PM Jul 14 2013
KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

One of the most popular events at FunFest is the Crazy 8's race, an 8k course through the streets of Kingsport.

It kicked off Saturday night at 9:58 p.m. Our crews were at the finish line as the runners made their way onto the field at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.

A record number of runners were on hand for Saturday’s Crazy 8's Race and the name says it all.

4,139 runners took part in the event. The course is about five miles and lined with cheering spectators, plenty of music and a lot of fun.

For the runners, the best sight is the finish line.

This year's winner is a three-time champion, 28-year-old Kenyan Shadrack Kosgei. He’s the first ever to win Crazy 8’s three times. Kosgei ran the race in 22:40; that's a pace of 4:34 per mile.

"I did a lot of training before coming here and I knew if you have enough speed and train well on your speed you can do well on this course," says Kosgei.

The first female finisher is also Kenyan and a first-time Crazy 8's runner, 23-year-old Joan Tangwar. Her time was 27:30. "I’m very grateful to the organizers and the volunteers and everybody who made this race successful. I really had fun. The cheerers were really helpful," says Tangwar.

Tangwar tells us she first saw the Crazy 8’s race on the internet. "I saw it last year on YouTube and I was like, 'I need to go there and run this race'," she said.

Both runners are part of an elite group of athletes that took part in this year's race and say they want to come back and do it again next year.

For a complete list of runners visit: http://werunevents.com/crazy-8s/