Join us for our 3rd Annual Kilt Festival including the always popular Kilt Race 5k and the Bar Crawl in downtown Troy on March 11th, 2017!

More information will be added to the site as we know it – but for now be among the first to sign up! Get the price and also get a free t-shirt (now with women’s sizes!) and a free City Pass (a $25 value!).

Questions? Contact us!

Not able to attend last year? Here is a the Troy Record article!

Capital Region friends, left to right, Mary Ellen Torrisi of Albany, Donna Topolski of Clifton Park and Michel Bourgeois of Green Island were among the Collar City Kilt Fest revelers that braved cold temperatures and chilly winds to have a good time in downtown Troy on Saturday.

Clad in kilts: Troy celebrates wearin’ o’ the green at Collar City Kilt Fest

A trio of Capital Region friends proved Saturday that love for the Irish knows no boundaries.

Mary Torrisi, Donna Topolski and Michele Bourgeois, who owe their heritage to Italy, Poland and France, respectively, were among the hundreds of revelers who turned out for the second annual Collar City Kilt Fest in downtown Troy.

Clad head-to-toe in green, they wore T-shirts with shamrocks and a message on front: “Let the Shenanigans Begin!”

“We all need an ‘O’ in front of our names,” Topolski said smiling.

A field of about 350 people signed up for a 5K race, although these women weren’t concerned about how they finished.

“We run for beer,” Bourgeois joked. “We’re just here to have fun.”

Deputy Mayor Monica Kurzejeski read a traditional Irish blessing as runners waited for the race to start, trying to keep warm as a biting cold breeze whipped around Monument Square.

Aaron Lozier, 27, who crossed the finish line first in 15:21, had to hustle just to get there on time. The former All-American Columbia High School runner got out of work in Cohoes at 12:30 p.m., slipped into his running gear and made his way to Troy.

“I wanted to squeeze in a run today,” he said. “This worked out just right. Now I can join my brother, Jared, who’s hosting a ‘bar crawl’ here at Kilt Fest.”

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