23rd Kilted Mile set to kick off Edinboro Homecoming parade

Contributed by Dave Niemira
Kilted Mile participants cross the finish line last fall.
The tartan tradition continues

By Hannah McDonald/BoroOnline.com

For the last 22 years as a crisp autumn morning begins to heat up, the Kilted Mile foot race has begun along the Edinboro University Homecoming parade route. About 120 race participants  —  half wearing kilts  —  run a mile in efforts to win.

This event, which originated with the 1993 Highland Games and Scottish Festival, “is an event for all ability levels,” says Dave Niemira, the race director. “We give an award to the most lavished outfit along with the first male and female finisher,” continues Niemira, who also serves as the treasurer of the Edinboro Alumni Association.

Racers of any age can join this year’s festivities. The 23rd Kilted Mile will kick off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, and run ahead of the Homecoming parade. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Darrow Lane and Perry Road.

“Past participants have really enjoyed how enthusiastic the spectators are that line the streets of the race,” says Niemira. With the theme “Level Up,” the weekend of Oct. 6–8th is sure to be full of color and creativity inspired by classic arcade games.

This year’s Homecoming festivities are expected to be exciting, especially with the Kilted Mile beginning the celebration on Saturday. If you wish to participate, be sure to register online before Sep. 26 to be guaranteed a Kilted Mile t-shirt.