The town of Perth, Ontario may be tiny, but it has a surprising number of boast-worthy features. Among its claims to fame: in 1893 the town produced the world’s largest chunk of cheese; Ontario’s final fatal duel happened there; and a sizeable group of Olympians have called Perth home. Most recently, the town has entered the record books for holding the world’s largest kilt run.
When the Perth’s World Record Kilt Run started in 2010, there were 1,089 finishers, which broke the old record of 250. In 2013, the race made a new record with 1784 runners. It’s been growing every year since and on June 25, 2016, the town–which this year celebrates its 200th anniversary– will try to knock the old record out of the park.
Runners can enter either the Kilted Half Marathon, The Classic 5 Mile, or the Royal 1 Mile (all three races start in the same place at the same time, and for the sake of the record attempt, each runner receives a complimentary entry to the Royal 1 Mile). The next day on early Sunday morning, runners will line up for the world's first official kilted marathon (it also happens to be a Boston Qualifier race).
To qualify as a proper kilt, the garment must be pleated all around the back, must have a flat apron at the front, must be at least knee length, and have a buckle.