Crazylegs win marks Craig grad Josh Lund's racing return
For four years at Duke University, running was Josh Lund’s job, his life.
When he graduated in 2011, he returned to Wisconsin and took a job at Epic Systems in Madison as a software developer. Unsure if his job would allow him to train and compete at the high level he was accustomed to, running often became an afterthought.
On Saturday, Lund—a 2007 Janesville Craig graduate—officially announced his return to the local racing scene. He won the Crazylegs Classic in Madison, traversing the 8-kilometer course in 24 minutes 16 seconds.
“I knew some of the other guys that were in contention for it,” Lund said. “I raced them about a month ago down in Chicago at the Shamrock Shuffle. I definitely knew we were all pretty close to each other down there. I was excited for a good race, and that’s what it ended up being.”
Lund topped Elliot Krause, a former University of Wisconsin runner, by seven seconds. It was the Edgerton native’s first career Crazylegs.
“Growing up, I never really did races outside of cross country or track season,” Lund said. “The past few years, it’s always fallen on my birthday weekend, and I’ve kind of had other priorities, and I wasn’t as in as good of shape.”
Lund was a highly decorated runner at both the high school and college levels.
At Craig, he finished second at the WIAA Division 1 state cross country meet as a junior. He was recruited to run at Duke, where he had a successful four-year career. Lund broke the school’s indoor 3k and 5k marks, and though his times have since been knocked from the top perch, his name litters the top-five record book.
“I thought I wouldn’t have enough time to train as intensely as I did in college, so I wouldn’t ever get to as good of shape, and that was a little demotivating,” he said. “You’ve got to cut some other things out, but there’s definitely enough time to work and train to be competitive.”
Lund said he has returned to intense training for the past five months.
He and Krause are part of a recently formed race team that operates out of the Movin’ Shoes store in Madison. Their team finished third in the Shamrock Shuffle 8K in Chicago, the country’s largest national club 8K race sanctioned by USA Track & Field.
Lund’s goal for this summer is to best his personal record in the 3,200—essentially a two-mile run.
“My high school best time was 9:14, and I decided that was probably a distance that I could still improve at,” he said. “There’s a summer track series that’s put on in Madison, with three or four track meets.
“Last year, the 3,200 was ran at one of them, and I think nine people broke 10 minutes. I want to try and break 9 minutes.”
For now, it was simply fun to taste a race victory again.
“It was a great race, with so many people wishing me congratulations afterward and wanting pictures,” Lund said. “The best ones were the people wanting a picture with the plaque, to pretend that they won.
“I got a kick out of it.”