Castlecomer’s Wellie Race has spread to all corners of the globe in recent years – from Australia to Canada and the US – and this year’s event is bringing some emigrants and visitors home.
The New Year’s Day event, which will feature Ear To the Ground presenter and Farming Independent deputy editor Darragh McCullough as race personality, will feature the first ever World Wellie Race – with international visitors and returning emigrants challenging for the title of World Wellie Race Champion.
Linking in with “The Gathering 2013,” the Wellie Race promises to be a colourful and eclectic start to the yearlong national initiative.
There will be a special “Ellis Island Registration Area” in the community hall, where all visitors can receive their Castlecomer visitor’s visa and race registration number. Among those expected to attend are natives of China, and the US.
Registration will open at 11am, while there will be live music on the Square and float entries will commence gathering. The parade will kick off at 1pm and the World Wellie Race will take place at 3pm. Visitors are welcome to take part without Wellies, but the title can only be won by a runner in standard Wellies.
The 33rd annual Castlecomer Wellie Race will also take place simultaneously and all visitors are also eligible to compete for that title.