Scottish pride took over the roads of Central Park with the 13th running of the Scotland Run (10K). In celebration of New York City’s #scotweek, runners brought the feel of Scotland stateside, donning their kilts, waving Scottish flags, and even painting their faces in the white and blue of Saint Andrew’s Cross.
While gray clouds loomed overhead, threatening to break, the excitement from runners new and old couldn’t be dampened as they took off to the sound of bag pipes and Scottish dancers. Peter Ciaccia, New York Road Runners’ president of events and the race rirector of the TCS New York City Marathon, joked, “We’re told this weather is summer time in Scotland,” reminding runners that a little rain won’t keep New York City off the pavement!
The event brought more than 8,000 runners together to race 6.2 miles, with many more supporting them from the sidelines.
“I wanted to do the race but it was sold out, so I decided to volunteer as part of my 9+1 entry for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon!” volunteer Emily Long exclaimed. “It’s really awesome to see it from the other side.”
Kids and parents alike participated in this year’s excitement, as children ages 7-18 took on 1.7 miles in the second-annual NYRR Youth Running Series at the Scotland Run. The race was the second of five series events this spring, following March 20’s NYRR Times Square Kids’ Run at the United Airlines NYC Half. The series gives young athletes the chance to gain early road racing experiences with kid-friendly distances, and makes for events where the whole family can run.
Runners also brought their club pride to Central Park, as this race marked the second club points race of the year.
The West Side Runners had an incredible showing, with Daniel Girmay Hadis, Suleman Abrar Shifa and Desta Alemu Mokono taking the top three men’s spots; Hadis led the way with a time of 29:58. Caroline Lefrak of the New York Athletic Club finished first on the women’s side in a time of 34:36, while Jane Vongvorachoti from Henwood Hounds Racing Team and Alexandra Cadicamo, Lefrak’s NYAC teammate, rounded out the women’s podium.
While the rain and hill at the finish on Tavern on the Green proved to be a challenge for some, finishers took to the post-race festival to enjoy their much-awaited new PRs. With Scottish cultural offerings—including plenty of bagpipes—and a raffle with great prizes from Scottish companies, runners could celebrate in Central Park as if they were across the Atlantic in Edinburgh or Glasgow.