26 Jun

Ironkids Arrive In Scotland This Weekend

Face-painted girl at Ironman kid's event

A new series of three fun and family-friendly running events for young people aged between three and 14 arrives in Scotland for the first time this weekend. 

Ironkids Scotland is the newest event in the hugely popular Ironkids global series of children’s events. Held alongside the legendary Ironman and Ironman 70.3 triathlon events, 50,000 young people across the world take part in Ironkids every year. Ironkids Scotland is an addition to the Ironman 70.3 Edinburgh triathlon race weekend.  

The first event will take place in Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, from 16.00 this Friday, 29 June. The second will take at Preston Links, Prestonpans, from 11:00 on Saturday, 30 June. The third and final event will take place at Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, from 15:00 on the same day. All three events, open to children of all abilities, are a part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 celebrations.

Race organisers told runABC Scotland Online: “We’re inviting young people from across the region to sign up to run at one of the venues and enjoy the fun atmosphere, the challenge and the camaraderie with their friends. Our Ironkids Scotland events will have a firm focus on participation for all – with age group runs of between 500m and 2km on spectator-friendly courses, inspiring children to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.”

Each event will incorporate a strong family-focused element of free live entertainment, have-a-go activities and sports taster sessions.

Race organisers siad that the planned entertainment and activity programmes for the Scottish events have been co-designed and organised by young people from the local communities as part of the Year of Young People 2018 celebrations. “There will be live music from local youth bands and dance demonstrations from community dance groups and competition teams, offering a mix of Highland, lyrical, musical theatre, acro and hip hop routines.”  

Runners and spectators will also be able to ride a bike and make their own smoothies on a special smoothie bike or get to grips with a mountain bike skills track. Sports taster sessions will include open water swimming and Highland Games (both at Preston Links only), hockey, gymnastics, rugby, football, boot-camp exercises, judo and yoga.

Entry to each event is £4 per child (plus a small booking fee) and includes an Ironkids T-shirt and a finisher’s medal. Registration is now open, but entries will also be available on the day.

Race organisers have also told runABC Scotland Online that a number of volunteering opportunities for young people between the ages of eight and 26 years still remain. Find out more about roles like event marshalling, customer relations and technical production at the Ironkids Scotland website.