A total of 9,500 runners covered 95,000 kilometers in 125,400,000 steps as they took on the 11th Annual Scotland Run in New York’s Central Park on Saturday morning.
The Scotland Run, which is part of the 2014 Scotland Week festivities, saw a sea of tartan take over the heart of Manhattan as runners donned kilts, sweatbands and saltires, according to the Scottish Government.
First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, met with students from Morrison’s Academy in Perthshire, Scotland as he led a procession to the start line.
The First Minister then congratulated the first male winner, Diriba Degefa Yigezu, and first female winner, Delilah Dicrescenzo, as they crossed the finish line in 29:56 and 34:33 respectively.
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“It has been another great year for athletes, supporters and fundraisers to celebrate all things Scottish in the heart of Manhattan,” said First Minister, Alex Salmond.
This year’s Scotland Week programme will also showcase Scotland’s innovation and creativity through a series of cultural activities and events.
The Kelpies – 1:10 scale model steel maquettes of horse-head sculptures will be in Bryant Park from 21 March – 22 April and ‘As Others See Us’, a photography exhibition inspired by the works of Robert Burns will be at Pop International Galleries Midtown from 2 – 10 April.
Two critically acclaimed Scottish plays from the Traverse Theatre will perform at 59E59 theatres in the heart of Manhattan.