UPDATE: 14th December - all the extra places have now sold out
Five hundred extra places will be released for the world’s largest Ironkids event, to be held in Bolton next summer.
Entry for the additional slots will open on Wednesday, December 13 at 6pm.
All 2,500 places were snapped up in less than six hours - in record time – when they were released in October.
The race, on July 14, has become a key annual fixture on Bolton’s events calendar following its introduction five years ago.
For the last three years, 2,500 children have taken part and the 2018 event will now be even bigger and host 3,000 children.
The race takes place in the town centre and the main Ironman event – a gruelling 140.6mile triathlon – takes place in and around Bolton the following day.
Ironman and the council also announced on Wednesday that the second transition is also moving from the Macron stadium to Queens Park, Bolton town centre.
Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Youth and Sport, Cllr John Byrne, said: “The event has become a hugely popular attraction in its own right and the response last time was staggering.
“We know that there were disappointed parents last time round and we are really pleased that we have found a way to accommodate more children.”
The race is open to children aged three to 14 with different distances depending on the school year of the child.
Registration opens at 6pm, on Wednesday, December 13. To enter, complete an entry form at www.ironman.com/ironkidsuk. Fee is £3.50 per child.
Each child will receive an Ironkids t-shirt in their entry pack and a medal after completing their run.
Ironkids UK Race Director, Abi Jones, added: “The response to the Ironkids UK opening in October was phenomenal. Such was the demand for places that we have been working on increasing the capacity of the event to allow more children the opportunity to be part of the fun and excitement in Bolton.
“We are therefore pleased to say that the changes to the Ironman UK venue have now enabled us to include the additional places and welcome even more participants to the Ironkids family.”
For more information call Ironman UK on 01235 390880 or visit www.ironman.com/ironkidsuk.