Curious About The Origins Of The Scottish Highland Games?

It is widely believed that King Malcolm III of Scotland, in the 11th century, summoned contestants to a foot race to the summit of Craig Choinnich (overlooking Braemar). King Malcolm created this foot race in order to find the fastest runner in the land to be his royal messenger. Some have seen in this event the origin of today’s modern Highland games.

Want To Know More About Local Heavy Athletics? Check Out The Tucson Celtic Hammerheads Website. Find information about the history of the games, athletes, practice, sponsors, and much more.



Early Bird Registration Ends June 1, 2024!

Registration For The 38th Annual Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games


38th Annual Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games

Please join us November 2nd and 3rd, 2024, for the 38th Annual Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games at Rillito Raceway Park located at 4502 N. First Ave, Tucson, AZ 85718. 

Early bird registration is $40 for Mens and Womens athletes ends June 1, 2024. Between June 2nd and October 1st, registration is $45 for Mens and Womens. Field registration is at the discretion of the Athletic Director and is $50. Registration includes entry for the athlete and one guest on the day of competition and lunch for the athlete. Registration is non-refundable.


Saturday: Southwest Masters Championship

  • Men's Masters 40-49 

  • Men’s Masters 50-59 

  • Men's Masters 60+

  • Women's Masters 40-49 

  • Women's Masters 50-59

  • Women's Masters 60+


  • Women's Lightweight (under 150 lbs)



  • Men's Open A

  • Men's Open B

  • Men's Open C

  • Women's Open A

  • Women's Open B

  • Women's Open C

  • Men's Lightweight (under 200 lbs)




  • Classes will be limited to 12 athletes in each group. If a class fills we will have a wait-list for openings.

  • Applications received on or before October 1st will be guaranteed a games shirt.

  • If by October 31st fewer than three applications are received for a given class, the competition slot for that class will be eliminated and athletes will be combined with another class to throw with.

  • Applications may be accepted after October 1st (including field registration) on a space available basis as determined by the Athletic Director.

  • Only TCFA implements will be used for competition.

  • Sheaf starting height will be a minimum of 10 feet.


Event Information:

Competition will consist of the following nine events:: Open Stone, Braemar Stone, Heavy & Light Hammers, Heavy & Light Weight for Distance (WFD), Caber, Weight Over Bar (WOB), Sheaf

  • Athletes must participate in all events to qualify for the awards

  • Ties will be broken by number of 1st, 2nd, etc. in individual events. If still tied, Caber score will determine placement.



Competition is conducted in accordance with NASGA Rules and straight & winged trigs will be used

  • Athletes must be 18 years of age or older

  • All athletes must wear a shirt and kilt during competition. Undergarments must be worn.

  • Winged throwing area used for stones and WFD.

  • Check-in and weight-in time for all athletes begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Heavy Events field tent and will close promptly at 8:30 a.m.

  • Competition starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. Athlete meeting is at 8:45 a.m.

  • Weigh-ins are the day of the competition ONLY between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.





If you would like to make a donation directly to the Festival it will be greatly appreciated and will help share the fun and culture with our community! Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Go raibh maith agat!
(Thank you)