Entries now open for world’s biggest Ironkids 

Entries are now open for the world’s largest Ironkids, coming to Bolton on July 19, 2014.
Almost 1,600 children participated in this year’s race making it 2013’s biggest global Ironkids event. And organisers are confident that the 2014 event will again be the world’s largest.
The running event, held by Ironman UK and Bolton Council, is an exciting addition to the main Ironman UK race that takes place the same weekend. 
It is open to children aged three to 14 with different distances depending on the school year and age of the child. Children currently in school year 1 and below will compete in a 500m run (accompanied by a parent/guardian); those in years 2 to 5 will run 1km, years 6 to 8 will run 1.5km and those in years 9 to 10 will complete a 2.5km run.  The race routes will be confirmed at a later date.
Following the success of this year's race, families are advised to enter early to avoid disappointment as hundreds of places were snapped up on the immediate launch of the 2014 race.
To enter, parents or guardians need to complete an entry form at www.ironkids.co.uk. The entry fee is £2 per child plus a small admin fee if entering online. Applications can also be made in person at Bolton Council’s One Stop Shop, Bolton Central Library, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton from 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm Saturday where payment can be made by cash or cheque.
Ironkids aims to inspire and motivate youth through sport, to lead an active, positive and healthy lifestyle. It is the perfect opportunity for local youngsters, and the children of those competing in Ironman UK, to be involved in the action, offering sporting inspiration for the next generation.
The ethos of the event is to encourage participation and not on results, so there will be no place prizes. Instead each child will receive a special commemorative Ironkids t-shirt and medal.
Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Sport, Councillor Anthony Connell, said: “Once again, we are delighted to support Bolton’s IronKids which grows in popularity each year. This year’s event was much larger than the first time it was held in 2012, when 1,000 children took part, which just shows how popular it is becoming.
“It’s a great family fun day out which encourages young people to get involved in sport and improve their health and possibly inspire them to go on to become a top athlete in the future. With the growing numbers of entrants and limited places available, I urge young people and their families to sign up early to avoid disappointment.”
Managing Director of Ironman UK and Ireland, Kevin Stewart, added: “We were delighted with the turnout for Bolton’s second Ironkids event and we are looking forward to it again in 2014. It is great that it has proved to be so popular and I am sure the runners, their families and visitors will turn out in their thousands again.”
For more information call Ironman UK on 01865 596266 or visit www.ironkids.co.uk.

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