Bolton’s first ever IronKids event is on track to be a great success, with 1,000 children, aged between three and 16, running through Bolton on Saturday, July 21.
It’s the first year that the event has taken place in Bolton, but it has been so popular that the maximum number of entries has been reached and no further entries are being taken.
The series of races takes place from 8am to 11am, the day before the main Ironman UK triathlon.
Local youngsters will line up with entrants from around the UK and the rest of the world including children from as far afield as Singapore.
Races will be over different distances depending on the child’s age - three to five years will compete in a 500m run (accompanied by a parent/guardian); children aged six to 10 years will complete a 1.5km run, and those aged 11 to 15 years will take part in a 2.7km run.
Entrants completing the course will be rewarded with a special commemorative IronKids t-shirt and medal.
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 new part of the Ironman UK race weekend.
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.
Cabinet Member for Sport, Councillor Christopher Peacock said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response to IronKids, especially how quickly it sold out. It promises to be a great day out for families watching their children running with each other through the town centre.”
Managing Director of Ironman UK and Ireland, Kevin Stewart, said: “It is great that the IronKids event has proved to be so popular in Bolton. I am sure the runners, their families and visitors to Bolton will not be disappointed.”