The Kilted Mile

The Selwyn Times Kilted Mile is a traditional event in Scottish Games as an alternative to the Heavy Events for the more fleet footed.

Starting on the racetrack competitors will race over a mile, completing different obstacles/challenges along the course, looping back around to finish in front of the enthusiastic crowd. Challenges include eating the famous Hororata Pie, delicately consuming the traditional drink and completing a few fun obstacles before going over the line in front of a huge crowd.

The winner will be the first person, in a kilt, over the line. If you don’t own a kilt, please borrow one or find some form of tartan attire to fit the theme of the day.

Kilted Mile History

The Kilted Mile Race has a tradition dating to the reign of King Malcolm III. He decreed that a foot race be held, beginning at the current site of Braemar Castle, and finishing at the top of grim and forbidding Creag Choinnich.

According to tradition, young MacGregor was late starting the race, but sped like a deer and climbed the crag without a stumble. As he overtook the leaders, his elder brother tried to hold him back by grabbing his kilt. Knowing his brother’s strength, and being himself uninhibited, he slipped off his kilt, and so gained the victory.

Time:   2.30pm


Competitors must report to the Selwyn Times stall by 1.30pm at the latest to enter the Kilted Mile.


Competitors will run a mile lap on the famous Hororata Race Track at the Hororata Domain as a feature event of the Games programme. Three categories – men, women, and teen.

Entry Fees:

Adult – $5 entry to be paid on the day (cash only)
Teen – 13 – 17 years $2 entry to be paid on the day


Adult – A trophy will be awarded to the first kilted miler over the line, with silver and Gold medals for place getters
Teen  – 1st, 2nd, 3rd Medals