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The New Brunswick Highland Games Festival Kilted 5k was first held in 2012, and has proven to be a popular and fun way to kick off the weekend’s activities. Best of all, it allows everyone to become involved as a participant in the festival without having to spend years of practise perfecting a musical instrument, learning to dance a fling or training to toss the caber.

The Kilted 5k is a fun run or walk that starts and finishes on the grounds of Government House - site of all the NB Highland Games Festival activities. The out-and-back course follows the city’s path system that winds along the scenic St. John River. En route, runners and walkers will be entertained by pipers and drummers, and will pass by the statue of Scotland’s own bard, Robbie Burns. While kilts are not mandatory, in past years most participants have worn kilts or a Scottish-themed costume (Bravehart and Nessie, for example) giving this event a true festive atmosphere.

All registrants receive free admission to the Friday night opening ceremony and ceilidh as well as a chance at numerous special prizes.

Don't forget - there is a children’s division to encourage the next generation to be active and ‘Run like a Scot.’