Competition is hotting up for places in Bolton’s IronKids run, with around half of the places filled.
The event takes place on Saturday August 3, is held in partnership with IronMan UK and Bolton Council, and is an exciting addition to the iconic Ironman UK triathlon that takes place the same weekend.
Last year’s event was a huge success with 1,000 children racing through Bolton’s town centre supported by their mums, dads, family and friends and this year’s entry limit has been doubled to 2,000 to cater for the extra demand for places.
Entries for this year have already passed 800 and it is expected that numbers will soon pass last year’s figure.The IronKids run, which is open to aged 3-15 years, has different distances depending on the child’s age; 3-5s compete in a 500m run (accompanied by a parent/guardian); 6-10s run 1.5km; and 11-15s complete a 2.5km race.
The ethos of the event is to encourage participation and not on results, so there will be no place prizes. Instead each child will receive a special commemorative IronKids t-shirt in their entry pack and a medal after completing the race.
Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Sport, Councillor Christopher Peacock said: “Encouraging children to get fit and stay active and adopt healthier lifestyles is one of the biggest challenges facing society today and IronKids helps inspire them to join in.
“It’s a great way for kids to experience the fabulous atmosphere of a mass participation event in Bolton with families and friends cheering them on through the town centre.”
“Every child taking part is treated like a winner when crossing the line and hopefully it will spur many to keep fit and healthy and some to become budding athletic stars of the future.”
Managing Director of Ironman UK and Ireland, Kevin Stewart, said: "Following the success of the inaugural IronKids race last year, it is fantastic to see over eight hundred children already entered for 2013.
“We are delighted to be working with Bolton Council who likewise are driven to developing the sport of triathlon at a grassroots level. We hope that by experiencing a flavour of IRONMAN it will inspire their participation for the future."
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. The finish will be in Victoria Square, under the iconic Ironman finish gantry.
Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and parents are advised to apply for places for their children as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
The IronKids website is up and running and families can register online for places by completing an entry form at www.ironkids.co.uk or by visiting Bolton Council’s Sports and Active Living Unit reception desk, Paderborn House. The entry fee is £2 per child.