'Tartan 10k' kicks off Scottish week in New York

Scotland Run 2014 The Scotland Run is a qualifying event for the New York marathon later in the year

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A week of Scottish-themed events in New York has begun with a "tartan" 10km race.

First Minister Alex Salmond, who has travelled to the city to take part in a number of the week's events, started the race.

The 11th annual Scotland Run took place in New York's Central Park.

Many runners took part wearing kilts, while pipers played Scottish music along much of the course.

The Scotland Run is organised by the New York Road Runners group.

Chief Executive Mary Wittenberg said: "This is one of our most festive runs and people really get into the Scottish spirit, dressing up in kilts and painting their faces.

"It's a fun and memorable day, and we thank the Scottish government for its continued support."

Mr Salmond presented prizes to the first male winner, Diriba Degefa Yigezu, and first female winner, Delilah Dicrescenzo, after they crossed the finish line in 29:56 and 34:33 respectively.

Mr Salmond said: "Scotland Week offers a wealth of opportunities for people with an affinity for Scotland to come together and the Scotland Run is one of many events that accomplishes this on such a large scale.

"The atmosphere in Central Park on race day really captures the Scottish spirit with bagpipers playing the pipes to set the pace for the runners around the route.

"It has been another great year for athletes, supporters and fundraisers to celebrate all things Scottish in the heart of Manhattan."

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