SPORT OF KINGS
It is reported in early records that during the 11th Century, King Malcolm III of Scotland summoned contestants to a foot race to the summit of Craig Choinnich overlooking Braemar. King Malcolm created this foot race in order to find the fastest runner in the land to be his Royal Messenger.
As time passed, additional events were added, using farm implements, blacksmith tools and stones to test the strength of the locals to see who was the strongest in the glen.
During various times of English occupation, from before the Wars of Independence to the suppression after the Jacobite wars, the men of Scotland were forbidden to bear or train with arms, in an attempt to prevent another popular Scottish uprising, the English forbid the games to continue fearing them to be training for war.
Although quite a range of events can be a part of the Highland athletics competition, these few have become standard.
PROPOSED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday - Starts at 9:00 AM
Men's Masters (40+)
Sunday - Starts at 9:00 AM
Women's Masters (40+)
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Please direct all questions regarding the Highland Games events to our Athletic Director, Ray Mabey at firstname.lastname@example.org