Entries are now open for IronKids UK, to be held on Saturday 3 August alongside Ironman UK.

This year’s inaugural IronKids event, which caters for 3 to 15 year olds, was a huge success with a sell out 1,000 children racing through Bolton’s town centre supported by their families and friends.

Building on the success of the event, organisers World Endurance UK, have confirmed they will be doubling entry numbers to 2,000 to accommodate such a demand for entry in 2013. Families are therefore advised to enter early to avoid disappointment.

IronKids is held in partnership with Bolton Council and is an exciting addition to the iconic Ironman UK race that takes place the same weekend. The event consists of a run in the town centre on Saturday morning, August 3, the day before the main Ironman UK event.

It is open to open to 3 to 15 with different distances depending on the child’s age. 3 to 5 years will compete in a 500m run (accompanied by a parent/guardian); 6 to 10 years – 1.5km run, and 11 to 15 years – 2.5km 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 at www.ironkids.co.uk or visit Bolton Council’s Sports and Active Living Unit reception desk, Paderborn House – the entry fee is £2.00 per child.

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.

Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Sport, Councillor Christopher Peacock said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response to IronKids, especially how quickly it sold out. Next year’s event promises to be a great day out for families watching their children running with each other through the town.”

Managing Director of Ironman UK and Ireland, Kevin Stewart, said: “We were delighted with the turnout for Bolton’s first IronKids event and together with the support of Bolton Council are very much looking forward to seeing so many kids be part of the Ironman experience again next year.”

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.

For further information please call Ironman UK on 01865 596266 or Bolton Council on 01204 332323. Email:sportandactiveliving@bolton.gov.uk

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