You’ve met the Ironman, now meet the IronKids: Bolton’s toughest children sign up for endurance challenge

By Alex Bysouth

A grueling challenge aimed at the North West’s toughest children has already attracted more than 1,000 names, putting it on track to become the biggest event of its kind in the world.

The kids have signed up to tackle Bolton’s inaugural IronKids event – a version of the popular Ironman contests where participants swim, bike and run mammoth distances.

A successful turn out last year means the entry limit has doubled and the event now hopes to attract up to 2,000 three to 15 year olds by Saturday 3 August.

Held in partnership with Bolton Council, IronKids will allow children to grab a slice of the atmosphere from the iconic adult endurance triathlon held the same weekend in the town.

Kevin Stewart, Managing Director of Ironman UK and Ireland, is delighted to see a record number of juniors turning out.

 “Together with the support of Bolton Council, it is fantastic to see so many kids already entered in what is now becoming one of the largest IronKids events in the world,” he said.

“By experiencing a taste of Ironman, it will hopefully inspire their participation in triathlon in the future.”

IronKids is aimed at local children, as well as the children of adults competing in Ironman UK, and hopes to encourage an active, positive and healthy lifestyle, with the experience of a world class event. 

The event will be staged in age groups, with each covering different distances.

Three to five-year-olds will compete in a 500m run accompanied by a parent or guardian, the six to tens a 1,500m run and 11-15s will complete a 2.5km race.

All races finish under the Ironman gantry in Victoria Square and each child will receive a special commemorative IronKids t-shirt and a medal to celebrate their achievement. 

Entry is £2 per child, to book your child a place visit  

Picture courtesy of chispita_666, via Flickr, with thanks.

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