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IRONKIDS UK is a run only-event for children aged 3-14. Part of a global series of events with over 50,000 participants, Bolton is home to the largest IRONKIDS event worldwide: over 2,500 young athletes will race through the streets of Bolton Town Centre, before finishing under the iconic IRONMAN finish gantry. The event is participation focused and purely recreational, and so there are no prizes for the winning athletes - every child who completes the race will receive a finisher’s medal and finisher’s t-shirt.

There are different distances for each age group, relevant to the school year.

How to enter the Ironkids UK

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    1.5 Km

    Running: Swim 0.1km, Run 0.9km
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    2 Km

    Running: Swim 0.1km, Run 1.8km
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    Running: Swim 0.05km, Run 0.45km
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    1 km

    Running: Swim 0.1km, Run 0.9km

Event Details

What’s Included
1 IRONKIDS T-shirt – you will be given the t-shirt size you selected when entering.
1 IRONKIDS race number – this MUST be visible at all times and attached to the IRONKIDS T-shirt. The reverse must be filled out with emergency contact details
2 x IRONKIDS Security Wristband – one for the child and one for the adult who will be collecting the child at from the finish area.
Raceday Logistics

You will need to collect the child’s registration pack from Bolton Town Centre the week before the race. Please ensure you can make these times before entering online. You will be able to collect your child’s registration pack:
Thursday 11th July 15:00 - 19:00
Friday 12th July 09:00 - 18:00

All children will start in waves according to their school year.
Children must start in their school year category, they cannot run with older/younger children.
There may be several wave starts for each year. We will attempt to allocate children in the same entry, to the same start, if they are in the same school year. We cannot guarantee that children entered separately will be allocated the same start time.
The event will start with the oldest children first and the youngest last.
Actual start times will be sent by email and available on the website nearer to the event


Questions & answers

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2 questions • 0 unanswered


Sandra D
I have an 8 yr old son. Can he participate please? Are all races sold out?Thanks


Steph E
Hi there! I'm afraid this race is completely sold out. So sorry to disappoint.


Nicola L
Hi I have entered my son and daughter in iron kids my son is in Year3 and daughter is year 5 what will have to in the race this is there first time thank you.Nicola Lormor


Steph E
Hey there, just to let you know that because of there age they must they will be running the 1km distance, they will not need to run with an adult. The child must have a waiver signed by their parent/guardian in order to participate. All the best!

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