Places for the world’s largest Ironkids – held in Bolton - have sold out in record time.
All 2,500 slots have been snapped up for the race, which takes place on Saturday, July 18.
Ironkids has become a key fixture on Bolton’s events calendar following its introduction in 2012 and has grown in size year on year: 1,500 children competed in 2012, and last year 2,250 children took on the challenge.
It takes place the day before the main Ironman event – a gruelling 140.6mile triathlon – which takes in locations in and around Bolton.
Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Youth, and Sport, Cllr John Byrne, said: “It’s brilliant news that the race has sold out and is once again the largest global Ironkids ever.
“Together with Ironman the whole weekend brings a real boost to Bolton and the wider region.”
Managing Director for Ironman UK and Ireland, Kevin Stewart, believes that the demand is testament to the development and reputation of the race.
“We are delighted that Ironkids has sold out once again ahead of previous years, even though we have significantly increased the places available.
“Having witnessed the enthusiasm of the children taking part in Ironkids in the past two years, it is no surprise that the event has grown in 2015.
“The scale of the event now is testament to Bolton Council’s vision to support participation of children during the Ironman weekend.”
Children aged three to 14 compete in Ironkids with different distances depending on the school year of the child.
Those in school year one and below compete in a 500m run (accompanied by a parent/guardian); those in years two to five run 1km; years six to eight run 1.5km and those in years nine to 10 complete a 2.5km run.
Each child receives an Ironkids t-shirt in their entry pack and a medal after completing the run.
For more information call Ironman UK on 01865 596266 or visit www.ironkids.co.uk.