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Our athletic department, led by James Casey, is dedicated to training athletes for the Highland Games, a traditional Scottish athletic competition that dates back to the 11th century. We offer training sessions and hold events throughout the year, and we also compete in other Highland Games events across the country.

The Highland Games are a true test of strength, endurance, and skill, and they feature a variety of events that are inspired by traditional Scottish pastimes. Some of the events that we train for include:

  • Caber Toss: This event involves tossing a large wooden pole end over end, with the goal of landing it in a specific position.

  • Open Stone Throw: Similar to the shot put, this event involves throwing a large stone as far as possible.

  • Hammer Throw: In this event, athletes swing a hammer around their head before releasing it, with the goal of throwing it as far as possible.

  • Weight for Distance: This event is, as it states, throwing a weight for a distance. The goal is to throw further than the other competitors.

  • Weight over Bar: This event is throwing a weight over the bar for height. The goal is to throw further than the other competitors.

  • Sheaf Toss: This event is throwing a burlap sack, weighing either 16lbs or 20lbs over a bar. The goal is to compete with others to see who can get it the highest over the bar that is gradually moved up.

For all events and rules, please refer

Our training sessions are designed to help athletes of all levels improve their strength, speed, and technique, and we offer a supportive and encouraging environment for everyone. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or just starting out, we welcome you to join us and compete in the Highland Games with Appalachian Highland Celts.

In addition to our training and events, we also offer resources for athletes, including nutrition and fitness tips, as well as information on upcoming competitions and events. Our athletic department is dedicated to promoting the Highland Games and preserving this important part of Scottish culture, and we invite you to be a part of it.

Don't forget to check out our Athletics YouTube Channel!

Our social media pages are @AHC_Athletics


Next Event

Upper East Tennessee Celtic Festival

Saturday, September 2nd, 2023 @ 8am

Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site

2620 S Roan St
Johnson City, TN 37601

SHAG event

Appalachian Highland Celts
September 2
A.D. Scott Medlin – Registration is NOT OPEN – SHAG Game
Time: Athletes to be signed in by 8:00am and ready to throw by 8:30am.
Classes: Men Open, Women’s Open, Men’s Masters Groups will be limited.

Novice Class: Registration Below (up to 12 spots only)

Upper East Tennessee Celtic Festival - Highland Games Registration - Novice ONLY


Saturday, September 2nd, 2023

Roll Call @ 7:30am

The Games will start at 8:00am


Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site

2620 S Roan St
Johnson City, TN 37601

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Have you competed in an official Highlands Game previously?

Thanks for submitting! You will receive a copy of your submission shortly. If you have any further questions prior to the games, please reach out to via email.

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