Perth Kilt Run re­turns

Time for an­nual Perth Kilt Run

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Front Page - Jes­sica Nico

DUST off the old tar­tan and brush up on those Scot­tish ac­cents, the Ar­madale High­land Gath­er­ing’s Perth Kilt Run is back next month.

Eas­ily one of the most Scot­tish events on the Perth cal­en­dar, the Perth Kilt Run in­vites res­i­dents and com­mu­nity groups to whack on a kilt and en­joy a fun dash around the Ar­madale City Cen­tre via ei­ther the 2.5km or 5km route.

More than 600 peo­ple took part in last year’s event and or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing to inch closer to break­ing the Guin­ness World Record for the most run­ners wear­ing a kilt, which sits at 1764.

Af­ter hav­ing a blast in the event for the last four to five years, mem­bers of the Bed­fordale Vol­un­teer Bush­fire Bri­gade have signed up for an­other go at the dash.

Bed­fordale Vol­un­teer Bush­fire Bri­gade’s Michael Hall said it was a great team build­ing event that they al­ways en­joyed be­ing a part of.

“It has be­come a part of our so­cial cal­en­dar,” he said.

“We would av­er­age a dozen mem­bers from the bri­gade that par­tic­i­pate, and also their fam­ily mem­bers par­tic­i­pate.

“These com­mu­nity events are good be­cause it’s an in­cen­tive for so­cial groups, fam­i­lies and or­gan­i­sa­tions like ours to get to­gether, par­tic­i­pate, have a laugh and also com­pete in some­thing that has no real com­pet­i­tive na­ture to it.”

Ar­madale Mayor Henry Zelones said the event was the only one of its kind in Perth.

“It’s a quirky day of fun and a unique op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to get cre­ative in demon­strat­ing their fit­ness prow­ess, while don­ning a kilt with hun­dreds of oth­ers,” he said.

“Loads of peo­ple dress in cos­tume and there’s even been one gentle­man who played the bag­pipes for the whole route.

“Part pro­ceeds from the Perth Kilt Run en­tries are do­nated to lo­cal char­i­ties, so be­ing part of the run also means you are giv­ing back to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

The Perth Kilt Run will kick off the Ar­madale High­land Gath­er­ing, which will in­clude a clan vil­lage, me­dieval fair, live en­ter­tain­ment, tra­di­tional Scot­tish food ven­dors and strong­man com­pe­ti­tions.

There might even be a chance to get up close and per­sonal with event mas­cot Archie (pic­tured, in kilt, be­low).

The Perth Kilt Run is on Septem­ber 9 and starts from Min­nawarra Park, Ar­madale. Visit www.perthk­il­trun.com.au.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme d485321

Get­ting ready for this year's Perth Kilt Run are Bed­fordale vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers Ge­off Pet­tersen, Marnie McKean, Ryan Bazz­ica and Amelia Bar­rett.

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