Tyler Sigl is no stranger to the uneven nature of Wisconsin weather.
So when the last remnants of winter decided to make a late April appearance at Saturday’s 31st annual Crazylegs Classic, the Seymour native was anything but fazed.
The horrendous running conditions caused by the day’s gusty winds, constant drizzle and chilly temperatures plummeting into the mid 30s turned out to be exactly what Sigl was looking for.
The former UW-Platteville athlete finished the
8-kilometer trek from the Capitol Square to Camp Randall Stadium in 24 minutes to claim the overall title after finishing runner-up the previous two years.
Pewaukee’s Scott Mueller took second (25:10), followed by Ben Garbe of Rhinelander (25:49).
“Used to it,” Sigl, who now calls Green Bay home, said of the race’s unpleasant and dreary conditions. “Usually run my best in it.”
Sigl and Mueller are familiar foes having competed against each other in the mid-2000s during their college careers. Sigl won the 2007 Division III cross country individual national title with the Pioneers while Mueller was part of UW-La Crosse’s national championship-winning cross country squad in 2005.
The men remained neck-and-neck until the mile-and-a-half mark when Sigl, 26, broke away to cruise to a comfortable win.
“I go way back with him so I respect him,” Mueller said of Sigl, who is training for June’s USA Half-Marathon in Duluth, Minn. “I kind of tried to stay with him for a while, but it’s pretty hard. I was just hoping to lock up second. I’m OK with that.”
Added Sigl, who makes his living working as a mechanical drafting engineer: “I love running. It’s like I run to work in the morning (and then) run home for a workout after work.”