Ironman UK has announced that it will be holding an IronKids event for the first time in Bolton.
The event is being held in partnership with Bolton Council, as part of the council’s Year of Sport 2012, and it is an exciting development for the Ironman UK race weekend.
IronKids will consist of a run in the town centre from 8am to 11am, on Saturday, July 21, the day before the Ironman UK event.
It is open to open to ages three to 15 with different distances depending on the child’s age. Three to five years will compete in a 500m run (accompanied by a parent/guardian); six to 10 years - 1.5km run, and 11 to 15 years – 2.7km run.
IronKids aims to inspire and motivate youth through sport, to lead an active, positive and healthy lifestyle.
It is the perfect opportunity for local children, and the children of those competing in Ironman UK, to be involved in the action, offering sporting inspiration for the next generation.
To enter, parents or guardians need to complete an online entry form or visit Bolton Council’s Sports and Active Living Unit reception desk, Paderborn House. The entry fee is £2 per child or £2.20 online.
The ethos of the event is to encourage participation and not on results, so there will be no place prizes. Instead, on completion of the race, each child will receive a special commemorative IronKids t-shirt and medal.
Managing Director of Ironman UK and Ireland, Kevin Stewart, said: “We are really looking forward to bringing IronKids to Bolton.
“It is a great initiative with the powerful aim of making sport accessible and enjoyable to our younger audiences.
“It is the perfect opportunity for children in Bolton to get involved in sport and for Ironman UK entrants to keep their children entertained whilst they prepare themselves for their race the next day.”
Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, added: “We are really excited about the launch of IronKids and are confident that it will be a huge success.
“Bolton is all set for an exciting year-long programme of sport. We have designated 2012 as Bolton Council Year of Sport and we have an exciting year ahead for all our residents and IronKids is an integral addition to our range of junior events.”
The race route will use Howell Croft North, Deansgate, and Knowsley Street with the furthest point of the course reaching out to a turn point before affecting Bark Street. A section of Corporation Street will be used before the course returns to Le Mans crescent via Deansgate. The finish will be in Victoria Square, under the iconic Ironman finish gantry.
For more information call Ironman UK on 01865 596266 or Bolton Council on 01204 332323.