Bolton’s popular Ironkids event only has 100 places left to fill.
The Bolton race on Saturday, July 18 is the world’s largest Ironkids event, and takes place the day before the Ironman triathlon.
Last year’s run beat all records with 2,250 children competing, and this year’s event will be the biggest global Ironkids once again, with 2,500 children set to compete.
The race has become a key fixture on Bolton’s events calendar following its introduction in 2012.
The main Ironman event – a gruelling 140.6mile triathlon – takes place in and around Bolton on Sunday, July 19 and has already sold out.
To enter Ironkids, which takes place in the town centre, parents or guardians need to complete an entry form at http://www.ironkids.co.uk. Fee is £3 per child.
Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Youth and Sport, Cllr John Byrne, said: “The event has more than doubled in size since its introduction in 2012, and it looks like it’s going to be another huge success.
“Ironkids is a great way of encouraging young people to get involved in sport and together with the Ironman triathlon the whole weekend really boosts the town.”
Bolton’s Ironkids race is open to children aged three to 14 with different distances depending on the school year of the child.
Children currently 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 will receive an Ironkids t-shirt in their entry pack and a medal after completing their run.
Managing Director for Ironman UK and Ireland, Kevin Stewart, said: “Ironkids has become a huge part of the Ironman UK race weekend. Having increased the capacity again, we are still going to sell out the event weeks ahead of 2014.
“It is fantastic to see the enjoyment that the children get from finishing under the Ironman finish arch and receiving their medal.”
For more information call Ironman UK on 01865 596266 or visit www.ironkids.co.uk.