NEW YORK, NY – More than 8,000 runners, ages 7 to 77, participated in the 12th Annual Scotland 10K Run and first-ever NYRR Youth Running Series at the Scotland Run. The adult run covered 6.2 miles, while the youth runners partook in a 1.7 mile run in Central Park this morning.
On the first sunny Saturday of spring, the runners donned tartan, plaid and painted faces to join in the annual event, which is part of the 2015 Scotland Week festivities. Scottish Counsellor for the Americas, Donnie Jack, started the race, accompanied by pipers from the New York Metro Youth Piping Band, who also played the “Flower of Scotland.”
The first adult male winner, Werkuneh Seyoum Aboye, crossed the finish line at 30:25, and first adult female winner, Megan Hogan, crossed the finish line at 34:20 and were awarded the ceremonial Scottish flag by Mr. Jack. For the first time, a youth running series was also held, immediately following the 10K. Hundreds of children, ages 7-18, took part.
Scottish Counsellor for the Americas, Donnie Jack, said: “Scotland Week offers a wealth of opportunities for people with an affinity for Scotland to celebrate the country’s rich culture and creativity. The Scotland Run is a highlight of the week’s events and brings people from around the world together to celebrate Scotland Week. The atmosphere in Central Park on race day really captures the Scottish spirit with bagpipers playing and Celtic dancers performing. We are very excited to be able to include younger runners this year and have them help celebrate Scotland Week.”
Also taking place during Scotland Week is National Tartan Day on April 6. Designated in 1998 by the US Congress, National Tartan Day is a celebration of all things Scottish and the contribution of millions of Scottish Americans. Other Scotland Week activities include the 17th Annual Tartan Day Parade on April 11; the art exhibition, “A Brush with Inspiration,” by noted Scottish artist Gerard M Burns, from April 8-15 at the Glasgow Caledonian University at 64 Wooster Street; lunchtime performances from April 6-12 in Bryant Park by Scottish pipers, singers and performers; among many other cultural activities.
About Scotland Week – #ScotWeek
• Every year in the USA and Canada thousands of people come together to celebrate Scotland Week, the annual celebration of all things Scottish.
• Scotland Week 2015 runs from Saturday 4th – Saturday 11th April, spanning Tartan Day on 6th April.
• Scotland Week 2015 comprises business, cultural, tourism and media engagements for Scottish Government Ministers, business leaders, and key industry stakeholders.
• This year, the diverse program of Scottish inspired events and activities showcase the best of Scotland across New York, Los Angeles and Toronto.
• Scotland Week celebrates the best of Scottish culture. Events include:
o A Brush with Inspiration – a portrait exhibition from contemporary Scottish artist Gerard M Burns on display at the Glasgow Caledonian University campus in Soho from April 8th – 15th;
o The Highland Divas, three artists from Ireland, Scotland, and New Zealand performing Celtic ballads in the Metropolitan Room on April 8th;
o The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA will present its 8th Annual gala and auction – A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures on April 9th;
o Lunchtime concerts – From April 6th – 12th, lunchtime concerts will be held in Bryant Park as a showcase of Scottish music and traditional readings. The New York Metro Pipe Band will play a special Tartan Day Observance concert on April 6th; and
o Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan – The Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York commemorates Tartan Day at the Brick Presbyterian Church on April 11th ahead of the Tartan Day Parade.
• Closing the week of events, the 17th annual Tartan Day Parade will see Scots and honorary Scots be led by Grand Marshall in a colorful procession on the Avenue of the Americas on Saturday 11th April. This year, the Grand Marshall will be Graham McTavish, star of time-travelling TV series, Outlander.