IRONKIDS Scotland - Midlothian event launched

IRONKIDS Scotland - Midlothian launch at Dalkeith Country Park

The organisers of IRONMAN 70.3 Edinburgh, Scotland’s biggest triathlon staged in Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian on Sunday 01 July 2018, has launched IRONKIDS Scotland, a series of fun and family-focused running events for young people aged 3 to 14.

The series of events are an 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.

Event to be held at Dalkeith Country Park

Dalkeith Country Park will host IRONKIDS Scotland - Midlothian, a fun-packed mass participation running event with routes of between 500 metres and 2 kilometres, on Friday 29 June at 4pm.  Similar events will take place in Edinburgh and East Lothian the following day. 

IRONKIDS Scotland is the newest event in the popular IRONKIDS global series of children’s events, staged alongside the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon events, with 50,000 young people across the world taking part every year. 

Registration open now

However, in a first for IRONKIDS, IRONKIDS Scotland will see not one but three separate children’s running events being staged at three separate venues over the IRONMAN 70.3 Edinburgh event weekend.  Registration for IRONKIDS Scotland is open and you can sign up now for the Midlothian event at Dalkeith Country Park below.  

Register for IRONKIDS Scotland - Midlothian

Family element

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.  IRONMAN 70.3 Edinburgh, organisers of IRONKIDS Scotland, are especially keen to make the events as accessible and inclusive as possible to young people aged 3 to 14 of all abilities.

Registration is £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.  There will also be family entertainment and sports taster sessions laid on.

Unique opportunity

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 global series in 2018 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.  For more information on volunteering for IRONKIDS Scotland - Midlothian - as part of The Year of Young People and to register interest, visit the IRONMAN website

Young people can help design and deliver the event

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."

Joan Tranent, Head of Children’s Services at Midlothian Council, said:  “We’re excited to be supporting the IRONKIDS event at Dalkeith Country Park this summer.  The event is not only a great opportunity for local young people to have fun and be active on the day, it also offers a unique chance to be directly involved in the planning and delivery of a big event.”

Image: Anya Freeman (left) and Neve Wilson (right), Midlothian Year of Young People Ambassadors, help launch the IRONKIDS Scotland - Midlothian event at Dalkeith Country Park. 

22 Mar 2018