April 4, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- On
Saturday, April 6
, a tide of tartan will descend on
's Central Park as more than 10,000 runners celebrate
for the tenth annual
(10K), part of the Scotland Week festivities. Runners line up at West Drive near 62nd Street and finish at West Drive near 67th Street.
A key part of the annual
celebrations, and operated by New York Road Runners (NYRR), this year's Scotland Run falls on National Tartan Day, a U.S. and Canadian holiday celebrating all-things-Scottish. The race attracts runners and onlookers from across the globe—many outfitted in kilts, colorful plaid and face paint—as they run to the beat of bagpipes playing traditional Scottish tunes along a 6.2-mile loop in Central Park. The honored guest at this year's festivities will be the First Minister of
, who will officially start the race and present the award medal to the winner.
"Events held during Scotland Week in
and across the US and
are an excellent showcase for what
contributes globally," explains First Minister
. "It is a source of great pride that we offer the very best both culturally and environmentally to the rest of the world."
During and following the race (
), there will be a festival in Central Park's Mineral Springs (West 67
Street and Central Park West entrance, next to Sheep's Meadow) with family-friendly activities that pay tribute to
's natural beauty. Activities include face painting, an expert genealogist charting attendees' Scottish heritage, a Bear Grylls Survival Academy survivalist with tips on getting by in the wild, a photo booth, and more. The alternative hip-hop band, Stanley Odd, and the Scottish folk band, Breabach, will perform live music.
Designated a national holiday in 1998 by the US Senate, National Tartan Day is a celebration of all things Scottish and the contribution of millions of Scottish Americans.