Ireland’s only full Ironman event, held in Cork for the first time last year, is adding another element to the weekend with the country’s first-ever Ironkids event.
The popular children’s event has been a staple at Ironman race weekends around the world, creating a festival atmosphere and providing an opportunity for children from in and around the host venues to be an active part of the race weekend.
For the first time, Ironkids comes to Ireland as the town of Youghal in County Cork this year hosts the second edition of Ironman Ireland, Cork.
The run-only event involves multiple distances; 500m, 1000m and 1500m for children between the ages of three to 15 years old.
The routes take in the historic seaside resort town in County Cork with the Clock Gate Tower being a central focus point of the start area.
The event will start in the vicinity of the Clock Gate Tower with all participants finishing under the iconic IRONMAN finisher arch, located at Market Square – the very same arch where the IRONMAN athletes will complete their race the next day.
The event will take place on Saturday 20 June, the day before Ironman Youghal on Sunday, 21 June.
As the emphasis is on fun and participation, every child is a winner with each participant receiving an Ironkid’s shirt and finisher medal.
Ironman Ireland, Cork Race Director, John Wallnutt said: “We are excited to be bringing Ironkids to Youghal. We believe the event will be a welcome addition to the Ironman Ireland, Cork race weekend, something local children can look forward to and a chance for them to have their very own event over the weekend.” “After the unbelievable reception the event received in its inaugural year, we look forward to another exciting weekend, this time also getting to cheer our future Ironman stars across the famous finish line,” he added.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Christopher O Sullivan, added: “Ironman is a huge international sporting competition and in addition to all the benefits to the region in terms of tourism and economy it also serves as a champion of healthy lifestyle choices.” “Through a range of programmes and awareness-raising events for our young people throughout the year, the Council actively promotes physical and mental health in our communities. This addition of Ironkids to the Ironman event gives us a great opportunity to introduce our children and young people to the experience of racing, the excitement of competition and the rewards of exercise and healthy choices.”
Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey also welcomed the addition of Ironkids: “The inaugural Ironman Ireland, Cork event last summer welcomed competitors from all over the world, showcasing East Cork as a first-class visitor destination and generating an estimated €8m boost to the local economy. It’s great to see this prestigious sporting event continue to grow and this year incorporate Ironkids – the children’s run.” The entry cost is €10, and each participant receives an Ironkids t-shirt and medal.
Entries will open on 29 January at 3pm and parents can sign up their children at https://www.ironman.com/im-ireland-register