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Sunday, June 24, 2012

2012 Perth Kilit Run, Guinness World Book Attempt

Yesterday evening I participated in the 3rd annual (my 2nd) Kilt Run in the town of Perth, Ontario.  This year's race was an attempt at the Guinness World Book of Records with 2000 kilted runners.  That's right, the kilt was a mandatory part of the run!

I did this event last year and I can tell you it was one of the worst runs/races for me ever... personally.  Not the course itself but the heat and I was so sure this race would be a piece of cake and it wasn't.  It was also wickedly hot!  This year we were about 5 degrees cooler which made a huge difference.  I also didn't set high expectations but to finish, and not feel like crap while doing it!  I also was damned and determined to run the ENTIRE golf course it was hard but I did it!!!!!

Because this year we hoped to set a Guinness Record we had to all pick up our own bibs and sign for them as part of the process to verify this was a legitimate record.  As you can see its quite the lineup.

Surprisingly amongst all the people there it didn't take me long to find my Taekwon-Do buddies who were dong the run as well!  Last year Jason and I ran (and his brother in law Vince who is not in TKD).  Mark our running guru at the Dojang joined us as well this year!  Mark is a great motivator and helped me through the final kilometers of my half marathon last year.

 This fellow was in full gear competing in the Warrior Class which included running with sword and shield and challenges on the golf course!

There is quite a festive air to the town of Perth leading up to the race (the only thing I dislike is we have until 4PM to pick up our kits/bibs and the race doesn't start until 6:30 so you have to sit around and wait).  There was music, highland dancers, vendors, and food... yeah who wants a greasy sausage off of the grill right before doing a 5mi/8K run?  Not I!  It was nice to have friends there to hang out with and just visit!

 L Jason, C Me, R Mark, B Vincent

My favourite part of the whole event?  Its the free BEER afterwards!  Nothing goes down better than a cold beer on a hot day after a long run!  I think I deserved it finishing the 8K in about 59 minutes!!!!


riona said...

Well done!

Jackie said...

Congratulations on meeting your goal! It definitely sounds like this year was more enjoyable for you. I've heard that beer is a great recovery beverage! :)

Carol said...

Great job, Dani!! You deserve that nice cold beer :)

Lisa said...

Congratulations on the finish...deserving to end it with a cold one! Definitely looks like a fun event! Love looking at everyone in their kilts.
Take care

Daffycat said...

Well done, Dani. Love the idea of a kilted race!

Julie said...

Well done, you deserved the beer at the end. I vet the Warrior event was hard work.

Mouse said...

ohhh well done :) not a bad time run ... says she who doesn't heheh .. love the dancers and the warrior too :)
love mouse xxxx

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Good for you Dani - it's nice to see kilts in another part of the world too.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on completing the race. The kilts look great!

Claudette497 said...

Yay for you! It looks like a lot of fun!

Melanie said...

Yeah!!!!!!!! GO you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a fun race. (Aside from the blistering heat thing. *ahem*)

Kate said...

Congratulations Dani - sounds like a great event.

Lianne said...

Congrats Dani!!!!

I'm jealous,,, I am half Scottish and have no kilt ;-((( Incentive to take up running???

valerie said...

Good job Dani!

Lesleyanne said...

Congrats Dani. You definitely deserved a beer afterwards. Great photos.

Anonymous said...

That is FABULOUS! Congrats my friend.

Giovanna said...

Well done Dani!

sharine said...

Congrats on finishing!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Well done on finishing the race, you deserve that beer!

ollie1976 said...

Congrats (you look great btw)...did it break the world record?

Catherine said...

Congrats ~ looks like fun had by all!

Crazee4books said...

Hi Dani,

So tell me ... what does one wear under a kilt
when one is participating in a marathon???

Just wondering.

Seriously though, what a ton of fun this
event must have been ... marathon
conditions and distance not withstanding
.... Warrior Class runners eh? Better not
trip over that sword!! Perth is a lovely
town. DH and I have been there twice
for car club gatherings and I've loved it.

Sounds like you made good time too.
Well done. Do you know if they broke
the record??

Your dragon flat fold from Lillie is
wonderful. I love the trim that she
used around the outside of it and
that dragon is something else!
Handsome dude!

Loved seeing those gorgeous quilts
in your previous post and also
enjoyed your post about Lynn's
gathering. Looks like lots of fun
with a great bunch of enthusiastic
stitchers ... and a beautiful, regal
kitty cat named Clarisse.

Have a great week Dani!

p.s. What're you reading???

Melissa said...

Oh man, you deserve that beer (and two)! Well done, Dani!

Lana said...


Ann said...

Congrats on finishing this run (and also in a good time).
Must have been fun to see everyone running around in kilts! ;-)
Have a nice week!

Kielrain said...


And free beer? Even I might run for free beer. :P

Chris said...

What fun!! Congrats on your great finish time.

Suzanne said...

Looks like a fun day! Gotta love the free beer though.

Veronica said...

Congratulations, Dani. Awesome that you met your goal. You totally deserve that cold one at the end.


Christine said...

Well done Dani. Did they break the record? I didn't even realise there was a record for people running in kilts

Annette-California said...

WOOHOO! Great job Dani! Wow you did it. Congrats!

Mindi said...

Great job with the run! Looks like you had a lot of fun.

Karen said...

Great job Dani! Congrats on doing so well! It can't be easy to run in a kilt!! :)

Nic said...

Looks like fun. If a tad too energetic for me :)