The previous record took place in June, 2012 in Perth Canada with 1,764 kilters/runners. Yesterday's event had 2805 registered, with more signing up that morning.
On the one hand, it is cool to participate in a world record. On the other hand, it is a pain to participate in a world record.
The morning was warm by our 2014 winter standards (40 at 8 AM, rising to 50 by the 11 AM start), but it was WINDY and overcast. Because of the hoopla associated with proper record-keeping, we were all advised to get there between 7 AM and 9 AM to get wrist bands, bibs, be photographed and have those wristbands scanned on the way to the corrals by 11 AM. Oh, and there is not much parking in the area since the race was taking the convenient parking spots for staging.
As I write this, I'm still only finding stories that they hope to break the previous record. Since they had nearly 3000 people registered and the previous record was about half that, I can safely guess they did break the record.
Don is sporting a MacKenzie plaid. I am wearing a Bruce of Kinnaird plaid, or so the tags on the kilt say.
Don walked the race with Dee, who is still building up strength in her ankle. The three hour wait was much more fun with her and Bill. I enjoy Don's company, but tire of the "hurry-up-and-wait" game when there is so much already to do that day.
We did enjoy a bit of people watching. A number of different groups came out for the event, including several groups of stormtroopers wearing kilts. There is a group for everyone, trust me.
There were also at least two pipe and drum marching bands walking in the event.
Babies and even dogs were also dressed in kilts.
The actual event was a lot of fun. The course was 2 miles, and was filled with enthusiastic spectators the entire time. It did start 15 minutes (again a frustration on an already busy Saturday), but I PR'd (easy to do when it is my first time racing a certain distance). Seriously, though, I kept a 10:45 mm pace, which is super fast for me since I still think of myself as a 12:00 mm runner. I had some chocolate chip La Yogurt at the end and walked back to find Don and Dee. They were pausing to pet a cute dog on the other side of the street. Hmm... Even walking, and getting distracted, they finished with a 17:30 pace. Nice job!
Overall, I felt there were a lot more than 2,805 runners. It was as crowded as a Disney race (which has 10x that number). They could have corralled us by runners in the front, walkers in the back, but they were more concerned with everyone having wrist bands that were scanned than a race happening.
Plus: great crowd support, flat course, fun atmosphere
Con: lack of parking (and parking lots being used for staging), crowded, late start, did not feel organized (the focus was on the world-record and not on the race, but my focus was on the race and not the world-record), never did find most of my friends who were there.
In case you were wondering, yes you can ride a bike while wearing a kilt: