How Far Can YOU Throw A Tree?

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The legendary Highland Games of Scotland predate recorded history, so their exact origins aren’t known. Most theories come from the 11th century’s King Malcolm III, who allegedly held a foot race to find the fastest runner in the land to be his royal messenger, and utilized a wide variety of drills to strengthen his military. As time evolved, athletic competitions became a main attraction for Scottish Festivals around the world. Here’s a brief explanation of the three most popular events:

  • Caber Toss— perhaps the most iconic of Highland Games, a roughly 175lb log is balanced upright, contestants then sprint forward, and launch it end over end, as far as possible.

  • Stone Put- similar to modern-day shot put, contestants throw a 20-26lb stone from either a standing or running position, depending on the category.

  • Hammer Throw- a relative latecomer to the Highland Games, the hammer throw was introduced in the 18th century. Despite the name, the device doesn’t resemble an actual hammer, but rather consists of a steel wire connected to a metal ball on one end and a grip on the other. It was made famous in pop culture by Miss Trunchbull, the "gigantic holy terror, a fierce tyrannical monster who frightened the life out of pupils and teachers alike” in Roald Dahl’s novel Matilda.

One thing is certain, when you introduce a little liquid courage to a large group of people, feats of strength are bound to happen. That’s why Scottish Kings will be proudly pouring cocktails at the 56th Annual Colorado Scottish Festival & Rocky Mountain Highland Games in Edgewater, CO on August 3-4, 2019. For more information, visit: http://scottishgames.org/

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