Perth Kilt Run

Perth’s World Record Kilt Run … the Guinness World Record for the largest kilt race in the world !!!

In 2013 United States, Scotland and Australia all tried valiantly, but fell short of beating our world record. In 2015, on June 20th …. come celebrate the longest day of the year, with the world’s largest and best kilt run! Come early and enjoy our free live bands, our medieval warrior exhibits, and participate in our Canadian Haggis Hurling Championships. We are still adding to our pre-race events so watch our website – last year it included Canadian shortbread baking comp., and believe it or not – free scotch tasting by Famous Grouse!

First up on the race list is our “Wee Lad and Lassie” race going a grueling 200m around the Town Hall! Followed by the 1 mile Ladd and Lassie run. At 5:30 it is time to line up for the “Runners March to the Start” … an experience on its own right! Line up at our castle start line … and at the blast of the gun its past pipers at each K, and special Cheering station water stations at each 0.5K … through the closed historic streets of Perth Ontario. We finished up last year with a free barley beverage for all runners, post race Celtic music/dance … and a free runners draw for a trip to Scotland! Oh..and awards? We have “one-year” Age Group awards (ie if your “39”, thats your age group) … we award more than 100 1st place age group winners – your odds have never been better! (and great cash prizes for over all winners)
All runners must wear a kilt (nominal fee online registration for your own!). A special option is the “Warrior Class” … check it out – but hurry before it sells out again!

Perth Kilt Run

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Location Perth Town Hall on Gore Street


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Start Date/Time June 24, 2017 @ 12:00 am
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Gritty Kitty
July 11th, 2016 12:43 am

This year was the Record Breaker...with over 4000 kilted racers it was infectious to see the crowds lining the streets as the racers from young to old paraded up main street towards the starting line. Music, food, and festivities are available throughout the day and it is really a family friendly event. Race kit pickup was fast and easy and there were little to no lineups throughout the day. Port o potties throughout the venue help keep lineups short and food vendors line the side streets with ice cream and tasty treats. Spectators were seen along the entire route and the locals provided sprinklers and water stations to help beat the unbearable hot and muggy temperatures. A beautiful riverside venue adds to this great event for fantastic photo opportunities. Roadside restaurants offered customers a front and centre view as racers paraded past in their kilted glory. The Warrior Class beat their swords and shields as they marched along with the pipe band and then headed off on their separate challenge of a 5K run and then a variety of challenges (scotch shot, stone throw, spear toss etc...) until they continued on for their final 3K towards the epic finish line. Zoomphoto was on site again and captured the finish line moments and the venue provided the photos free to participants, a nice touch! A potters cup was the reward at this event and each participant received that and a great cotton t-shirt with every racer's last name noted on it for posterity! Grand prize giveaway was again a trip to Scotland. A well-organized and well attended event, not to be missed!

August 13th, 2015 9:26 am

This was my fourth race, and I found it, as always, a very well organized event. The change to having 2 starting groups (over 50 min. and under 50 min.) was much appreciated, and it seemed to work well. The incline up Craig St. at the start of the 8th km was a challenge in the heat - may have been better placed earlier in the race. The spurtle was my favourite prize so far! All in all, it's a fantastic event, a great way to show off the town, and I'm looking forward to next year. Thank you to all the volunteers for all the hard work.

August 11th, 2015 9:26 am

Had a great time, as always. I found the initial march with the band to be a little too long. I would rather use that energy towards the race. Also, my bib sensor didn't work so I officially never finished the race?! Oh well, I am still registering for 2016!

Robbie D
July 30th, 2015 1:53 pm

I've already signed up for 2016 Classic 8k!

Lori M
July 27th, 2015 9:24 am

The best organized and fun run to take part in!

July 27th, 2015 8:33 am

We have run this race every year. The adult race is fantastic and the addition of the kids races for the last 3 years has enabled us to have a fun filled day with the entire family. Love the Perth World Record Kilt Run! We have already registered for 2016!

J Hendry
July 26th, 2015 9:26 pm

Another fantastic year! From the first communication with the race committee, to the great volunteers and local supporters, to an excellent route, the exciting march on and all the energy and enthusiasm of participants and spectators alike this is a must do event. The Warrior class event with the added challenges makes this a one of a kind treat!

Wee Lass
July 26th, 2015 6:11 pm

Awesome event! Definitely something to check off your to-do list and a great way to kick off the summer!

Cathy Cameron
July 26th, 2015 12:11 pm

It was my first race and I absolutely loved it! The spirit and organization were overwhelmingly fabulous. I’ve already registered for 2016 and hope my sister will join me.

The reason I'm giving 4 bananas and not five is because I think that the fundraising component of the run could be better promoted. I was surprised to learn that I raised almost the highest amount for the MS Society, with very little effort and starting only a week before the race. I was surprised because I thought that the Race Roster system is excellently set up. It is secure, easy for people to donate, get their tax receipts, etc., taking only a couple of minutes on the part of the donor. So I don’t think the problem lies there.

I would suggest that the solution to greater fundraising success may be if the Perth Kilt Run organizers would highlight and promote the fundraising component of the run more next year, and how easy it is to do. Imagine how much money could be raised if most of the 5000 runners would send out requests to friends and family to support their run for MS - it could truly be awesome and definitely something that the Perth Kilt Run 2016 could be proud of, in addition to creating a new Guinness Book record!
I hope that you will take my suggestion to heart. I would be happy to elaborate/contribute to the conversation about how this could be done more effectively if you wish.

Thank you and congratulations, Cathy Cameron

Karen St-Arnaud
July 26th, 2015 7:24 am

I have done this race every year they've had it and it is always SO much fun. The atmosphere in Perth is very festive. I love all the music! We will definitely be there next year!

July 25th, 2015 1:34 pm

2015 was our second time running the Perth Kilt Run.
It is a fantastic event that is so well organized. The community involvement, cheering and music makes us want to come back every year. The beer at the finish line helps too!
The only change I would like is an earlier start time. Both years we have found that by the time we enjoy an after race drink, get cleaned up and back downtown it is very difficult to find a place to eat. Another suggestion would be for that evening some of the restaurants stay open a little later for the runners staying in town.
Will be back next year!!!

Sandy Scriver
July 25th, 2015 11:23 am

Awesome event! As always.
Thanks, see you all in 2016, I'm bringing along more friends and family!

Heather Dickinson
July 25th, 2015 11:49 am

We come from the suburbs of Chicago to run this race with our friends from the north. We have ran it in 2015 & 2013 and planning on doing it in 2016.

The entire race from start to finish is wonderful, from a organizational view to the cheering stations, the water stops to just the residents of Perth that come out to cheer everyone on is impressive on how everyone is so friendly and supportive to all the runners.

To come up 1,200k ( 12 hr drive) says something about the race that you all are doing a wonderful job!

July 25th, 2015 9:02 am

I've participated in the Perth Kilt Run for the past three years. Each time I've enjoyed it immensely and have already registered for 2016. It is very well-organized, the volunteers are beyond compare, and the course has lots of water stations. The neighbours even get out the water hoses, which is a welcome relief as it usually is a little toasty to run. The 8k course can be quite challenging as it twists and turns, there's a bit of elevation and, of course, you're running in a kilt. However, the run is friendly to all levels of participants, from the real fasties to middle-of-the-packers to those preferring a more leisurely stroll. And you can't beat Perth for a scenic location and the pipes to parade everyone off . . . oh, yeah, and a complimentary ale to quench your thirst at the finish!

July 25th, 2015 8:48 am

An amazing race. Well-organized and so much fun. I've run it 4 times. Who doesn't love running in a Kilt? I'm already signed up for next year.

L. Tamaguchi
July 25th, 2015 7:45 am

I have run this race for 4 years now...pure awesomeness. Cannot wait for their full marathon in 2016!

July 25th, 2015 7:22 am

2015 was the first time I ran this race (8k). It was hot and humid and I'm not a fan of running in the evening, that said I loved the race and the experience. It was well organised and a good course. Crowd support was impressive. I couldn't find any water before the race, but there were Scotch samples. LOL

It was well worth the long drive to Perth.

Jeff Nault
July 25th, 2015 7:04 am

Great fun! Thanks so much for your time and effort in the planning and execution. Definitely 5 bananas!

June 22nd, 2015 6:17 am

I ran this event for the first time in 2015. It was an absolute blast. Very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The town of Perth is very beautiful and the town’s residence are awesome! The entertainment, and food was also fantastic.
I will definitely do this even again!

Paul Quinn
June 24th, 2013 9:28 am

What an incredible event! So much fun. Perth ON knows how to make people feel welcomed. The town was either cheering, volunteering or running. No doubt word of this fantastic event will grow quickly. Well organized, great course. Thanks so much!

C. Quinn
June 23rd, 2013 11:24 am

This was an absolutely awesome event. The volunteers were wonderful. It was well organized and lots of fun. The new course was a definite improvement over last year. I participated in the Warrior class this year and had a blast. Definitely one to put on your calendar for next year.

Dave Kerr
January 24th, 2013 4:40 pm

I ran in this event in 2011 and 2012 and would have ran the 2010 but I had a wedding to attend. I have actually today registered for the 2013 race this summer and looking forward to the event. For me the 2012 race stands out not only as a new world record for kilt runners but my son not being a runner at 38 trained for several months so he could participate with Dad (me).
He and I came across the finish line arm in arm, what a great accomplishment for him and a great sense of pride for me having him run with me. He also has registered for the 2013 event.

This race was well organized and I really could not think of anything that could be improved on. The course.snaked through the Perth golf course which was very scenic and beautiful. The only draw back was the path were dirt so this caused some runners to get small stones in there shoes. "Minor"

I would highly recommend this event to all even if not running but to cheer on the runners. Perth is such a beautiful town I'm sure all visitors would thoroughly enjoy their visit.

"Come one come all and enjoy this event and enjoy one of the most beautiful towns in Canada"

Terry Stewart
July 23rd, 2012 6:28 pm

I ran this race in 2010 when they set a Guinness World Record for largest kilt race, and had a blast again when running in 2011. However, in 2012 I decided to take in the race by helping at the finish line. It did not stop me however from taking part in the pre-race activitied...including taking a toss in the Canadian Haggis Hurling Championships. However, I wasn't able to fit in a free runners Voyageur Canoe ride, nor to enter the Canadian Scone baking championships! I did hear some great pre-race music from seven different entertainers. Locating myself at the start line, I was able to see the awesome site of the "Runners march to the start" ... 2000 kilted runners, led by The Sons of Scotland Highland band...and the new "rabble" called the "Warrior Class" - a band of ~50 runners carrying sword and shield. This is a very unique race. This year they certified the 8K course, and added $1000 cash prize...which made no difference-as Kieren Day won for the 3rd year in a row! As a runner, I find the castle themed start one of the best anywhere. The Perth Town Crier, and most of the town of Perth is out to cheer everyone on. Every kilometer a Bagpiper continued the theme, and local charity groups manned 6 water stations (15,000 cups of water!), while competing for $2500 in prizes. The race timing via disposable chips on the custom bibs, produced accurate chip results. Crowd control around the Town Hall was the best problem for the logo Smart Lead-Car to negotiate the way through the closed streets and golf course. The Finish line exit, and food seemed to work well...leading directly to the free Beaus beer in the Crystal Palace - where a post race band played. A new Guinness Record was set. Oh, and there were age categories for each one year age ... for both male and female, it made about 150 1st place age category winners! The only thing I can think is finding a way to reduce the distance in the golf course - some of it MUST be kept(it is the oldest gold course in Canada, and awesome to run past a bagpiper on one of the green knolls!)...but just reduce it a bit.
Organizers appeared to be quite satisfied with how the race went....perhaps close enough to perfection to not need to do it again in 2013. They are certainly looking for runner feedback - perhaps more will take up the "banana" on this site to give them some direction.

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