On your marks, get set – entries for the world’s largest Ironkids event, to be held in Bolton next summer, will open on Wednesday afternoon (October 25).
The race, on July 14, has become a key annual fixture on Bolton’s events calendar following its introduction five years ago.
For the last three years, 2,500 children have taken part and the 2018 event will once again be the largest global Ironkids.
The race takes place in the town centre and the main Ironman event – a gruelling 140.6mile triathlon – takes place in and around Bolton the following day.
Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Youth and Sport, Cllr John Byrne, said: “The whole Ironman weekend brings a huge boost to Bolton.
“Ironkids is always a fantastic event, which grows in popularity year on year. It is one of our biggest sporting events and in previous years entries have been snapped up so we would urge people to sign up quickly.
“The event continues to lead the way as the world’s largest, run only Ironkids event. Children love it and it could well be the making of some future Ironman UK athletes.”
The race is open to children aged three to 14 with different distances depending on the school year of the child.
Registration opens from 3pm on Wednesday, October 25. To enter, complete an entry form at www.ironman.com/ironkidsuk. Fee is £3.50 per child.
Each child will receive an Ironkids t-shirt in their entry pack and a medal after completing their run.
Ironkids UK Race Director, Abi Jones, added: “Ironkids UK has become one of the most anticipated events of the year. It is a big part of the Ironman UK weekend and really adds to the family atmosphere in Bolton.
“It’s wonderful to see the children emulating their Ironman heroes, getting the chance to run through the same finish chute and finish under the same arch as the Ironman athletes.
“It is so positive to see so many young children choosing to get outside and be active while having fun at the same time. The event promotes a healthy, active lifestyle from a young age and might also inspire some of the children to become future Ironman athletes.
“We are grateful for the help and support of Bolton Council and volunteers from the local area and regional Rotary clubs who make this event possible.”