Thousands of kids get set for city's first IRONKIDS event

The organisers of IRONMAN 70.3 Edinburgh, Scotland’s biggest triathlon, have announced plans for IRONKIDS Scotland, a new series of three fun and family-focused running events for young people aged 3 to 14.

The events form an exciting addition to the IRONMAN 70.3 Edinburgh race weekend on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 June 2018 and are a key part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 celebrations.

The events will take place in Holyrood Park from 3pm on Saturday 30 June with routes of between 500 metres and 2 kilometres. Registration is open now and priced at £4.00 per person. Each child who takes part will also receive an IRONKIDS T-shirt to race in and an IRONKIDS medal once they cross the finish line under the iconic IRONMAN finish arch.

Young people between the ages of 8 and 26 will be provided with a unique opportunity to work alongside the event team in the organisation and delivery of the three children’s events, where they can shine on a local and World stage. Co-design is at the heart of the Year of Young People 2018 and organisers of IRONMAN 70.3 Edinburgh and IRONKIDS Scotland is also looking to recruit teams of local volunteers. Apply online here.IRONKIDS press event

Councillor Donald Wilson, Edinburgh’s Culture and Communities Convener, said: “As a keen marathon runner I know first-hand the benefits physical activity has on both your body and overall wellbeing. I think this family event is a great idea for encouraging young people to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, and have great fun while they’re at it. I wish the organisers all the best and would urge as many young people to sign up for this fantastic event as possible – with races from 500 metres to 2km, it really does offer something for runners of all abilities.”

Paul McGreal, Race Director for IRONMAN 70.3 Edinburgh, said: "We’re delighted to be able to bring IRONKIDS to Scotland alongside the IRONMAN 70.3 Edinburgh triathlon in 2018. It’s been an ambition for some time, and the incredible support of Year of Young People and our partners in the local authorities has made it possible. We’re looking forward to seeing up to 3000 young people have fun, be active, and demonstrate their skills and abilities. We’re particularly excited that young people themselves will be assisting us directly with the design and delivery of the events."

Catriona Morrison, Project Coordinator for IRONKIDS Scotland, said:  “IRONKIDS Scotland will truly be a unique event. Competitors will experience a race course that uses all the infrastructure of the main IRONMAN event in addition to experiencing the energy and atmosphere created by a festival of activation activities that will be organised by local young people."

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