25th annual Crazy 8s hoping to recapture world record

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - The Crazy 8s road race in Kingsport has held the 8K world record for the past 18 years. On June 22 the record was broken by one second during a 10K race in Boston.

Kenya's Stephen Sambu crossed the 8K certified timing mat at the Boston Athletic Association 10K in 22:01:03, one second better than Peter Githuka's famous run at the 1996 Crazy 8s in Kingsport.

"I was a little shocked when I heard the news about the 8K record," event director Hank Brown said. "But records are broken all the time, but we feel like we own that record. We're going to do our best to get it back to Kingsport."

A host of elite runners will race in this year's Crazy 8s on Saturday July 12. The race traditionally starts on Fort Henry Drive at precisely 9:58 p.m.

They are expecting over four-thousand competitors again.

Brown told News 5 WCYB that he reached out to the new record-holder, but his agent told him he wouldn't be competing in the Crazy 8s because he continues to recover from his world record run.

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