3,000 kids to take part in global running series

The organisers of IRONMAN 70.3 Edinburgh, Scotland’s biggest triathlon staged in the capital and outlying regions, today (21-03-18) launched IRONKIDS Scotland – a 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.

IRONKIDS events have a firm focus on participation and fun, incorporating a family element into the event weekend whilst at the same time inspiring children to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

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 are looking to recruit teams of local volunteers to take the lead in planning each IRONKIDS Scotland event.  In order to make the three events the best IRONKIDS events of the 2018 global series there are also opportunities to work with the IRONMAN event team in voluntary delivery roles on the day, including event marshalling, customer relations and technical production.

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.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Scotland is celebrating the Year of Young People in 2018 where the spotlight is shining on young people’s talents and contributions, giving them the opportunity to show the world what they are made of.  Working with the events and festivals industry in Scotland, 2018 provides us with a special opportunity to showcase both our rich annual events programme and a host of brand new events which further reinforce Scotland’s position as the perfect stage for events.

“We are delighted to be supporting IRONKIDS Scotland make their first visit north of the border through dedicated Year of Young People funding.  The event is a wonderful addition to the already announced IRONMAN 70.3 Edinburgh, providing young people with an opportunity to participate in a unique, fun experience within their local community.  I’m sure it will create a wonderful family atmosphere across each of the three locations.”