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Stealing some mantra from Michael Grey — In life there’s winning prizes and then there’s just plain “winning”. In “plain winning” I mean, winning as in feeling really (really) good about the group where you’re a member, feeling an affinity with your team, your pals; win or lose, the group just feels right. In “plain winning” you almost always feel better after having attended rather than not. Like the American basketball legend, Michael Jordan, said, “winning isn’t always about championships”.   Someone once passed along an interesting definition of what makes a good friend — and that’s someone who makes you feel better after having had a chin-wag, a visit. That’s a “plain winning” group, you feel better after simply being a part of something…

We didn’t break the world record for most kilted runners.  We had 2,845 registered runners but unfortunately only 1,549 kilted runners. To Elizabeth Pagano and the organizers of the St. Paddy’s Run Green 8k — you did an amazing job of organizing this event.   World Records are nice – we’re still winners.

This year’s kilt run wasn’t easy.  The kilts, the questions, the comments,  the pressure of breaking the record.    The idea of being mindful — being present, being more conscious of life as it happens — may seem contradictory to those who are used to sacrificing living for pursuing their goals, but cultivating mindfulness will help you achieve your goals and enjoy life more. In fact, you’re more productive when you’re mindful. But more importantly, being present is undoubtedly the only way to enjoy life to the fullest. By being mindful, you enjoy friends and family more, you enjoy anything you’re doing more. Anything. Even things you might think are drudgery or boring, such as showing up and running, can be amazing if you are truly present. Try it – go for a run, participate in public charities, and remain fully present. It takes commitment, but it’s incredible.   We have a year, everyone get a kilt and lets break the record in 2016!

To Pete Pagano, Annie Nice (the entire staff at Tir Na nOg), thank you for creating a wonderful floor — under the music which we stand upon.   To all of our family, friends and co-workers who got kilted up and participated and ran with us– THANK YOU.  To our fellow pipe band mates from the North Atlanta Pipe Band and the Piedmont Firefighters Pipes and Drums — we appreciate you lending your support (your comradery is valued .  To the solo (kilted) Storm-Trooper from the 501st Carolina Garrison — we hope you found the droids you were looking for.  Tommy, Katy and Aaron from RangerUP – we admire everything you folks do – thanks taking part in our shenanigans.

To the bands who provided so much foot stomping inspiration — Albannach, My 3 Kilts and 9 Times Around — it’s always a pleasure!

We had a GREAT time warming up for St. Patrick’s Day with this wee kilt run.  We didn’t break the record, but shoren begorrah a grand time was had by all!  Check out all our photos by Band Photographer Daniel Solomon here.

‪#‎PlainWinning‬.

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