Updated 1/27/20

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The Northern Nevada Celtic Celebration is proud to continue offering complete Scottish Highland Athletic Games sanctioned by the Scottish American Athletic Association (SAAA) and welcomes local athletes and those from out of state to compete at our “Reno Scottish Games” .

Events include the Open Stone Put, Braemer Stone Put, Weight for Distance, Hammer Throw, Caber Toss, Sheaf Toss and Weight for Height. Competition with divisions for men, women, and masters age athletes. When competition is not taking place, feel free to try some of the events for yourself under the supervision of trained Scottish Athletes. There are even practice implements for kids!

Above is a representative sample of our award coins. These are challenge coins that will become treasured keepsakes, we are sure!

Results and awards will be announced during the closing ceremonies on the lawn area near the Dance Stage. Prize winners will have their name inscribed on a “Dinnie Stone” which was donated this year by The Rock Garden, in Truckee, CA. The Dinnie Stone is named after Donald Dinnie, a Scottish strongman who is recognized as “The Nineteenth Century’s Greatest Athlete,.” and whose athletic career spanned over 50 years and over 11,000 successful competitions.

The Silver State Highlanders is a local group of athletes who practice locally, are competing at our festival as well as at Scottish Highland Games throughout Northern California. They practice in Reno and Carson City and have all the necessary equipment to train and enough experience to help newcomers learn and participate in this ancient sport. For more information, please call Matt Hobbs at (775) 741-1395. 

Here they are from a recent recruiting event, featured on the news:

Kolo Features Highland Athletes

Our Athletics Schedule for the year is as follows:

Schedule for 2019

Time Block Event
8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Registration, warm-ups, safety meeting
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Morning Events
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Events
3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Scoring & Announcing Results

*Approximate – depends on number of participating athletes


Stagger start!

Braemar stone, Open stone, Heavy Weight for Distance, Light Weight for Distance, Heavy Scottish Hammer, Light Scottish Hammer, Weight for Height, Caber Toss, Sheaf Toss


Men’s C, B/A, Men’s Master’s (40+), Men’s Lightweight (<200 lbs) 

Women’s C, Women’s B/A, Women’s Master’s (40+), Underage (13-17), and Underage (12 and younger)

About Scottish Athletics at the Reno Celtic Celebration

Matt Hobbs and Michael Perrin are co-coordinating this event now and doing an amazing job on growing our event. We are glad and proud they continue to work with us on building this amazing program.  

We invite interested people to come out and learn more about the unique sports from the Highlands.  Ladies and children are welcome.

If you are a Highland athlete and would be willing to work the clinic or demonstrate your sport, please contact athletics (at) renoceltic (dot) org.

Children’s Events
We will have athletic events for children.  Please check the schedule at the event for the event and times.

Volunteers Needed! If anyone would like to help with Athletic Games or Children’s games in the future please fill out our volunteer application or email volunteers (at) renoceltic (dot) org.