Calling all Highlanders!
It’s back! After a two year hiatus, the Great Kilted Run has returned to Seattle. Start warming up, iron your kilt, and get in the Highlands spirit for August 28th! This unique 5K is held in Magnuson Park near Sandpoint just north of the University of Washington. The Wild Smithberrys have run this race three years in a row. Our oldest son, Aaron, won the race both in 2012 and 2013. This time, it is on his younger brother, Elijah, to uphold the family tradition.
The Great Kilted Run is a very fun experience. You can either run or walk the 5K course through beautiful Magnuson Park along Lake Washington. Everyone is highly encouraged to wear a kilt. If you do not own one, which I cannot believe, you can rent one at the race for $5.00 or make one. You could even start your own Tartan design!
Aaron on the right
The race starts with a mad 50 meter dash to three swords stabbed into the ground. Runners scramble to get one of the swords. If you do, however, you must carry it through the rest of the race holding it triumphantly. Think Braveheart, but with numbers on your chest.
To give Aaron his award, they had to drag everyone out of the beer garden where they planned on having the ceremony because he was under age!