Entries to Ironman UK 2013 will open to the public at 09:00 GMT tomorrow, Wednesday 12 September 2012, with confirmation that the event will return to Bolton on Sunday 4 August 2013.
With over 2,000 athletes already pre-registered for 2013, indications are that the event will sell out in record time, with a maximum of only 1,600 places available. Following the success of this year’s race, athletes are advised to enter early to avoid disappointment.
Ironman UK 2013 will once again act as a qualifying event for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
Event organiser World Endurance UK is also pleased to confirm that the event will return to Bolton for the fifth year running. Together with the support of Bolton Council, Ironman UK 2013 will be looking to provide an even bigger spectacle for both athletes and spectators, as well as continuing to support the future generation with its IronKids event, which attracted a sell-out 1,000 children aged 3 to 15 this year.
Kevin Stewart, Managing Director of Ironman UK & Ireland said “Ironman UK 2012 saw the largest age group field in Bolton to date and the tens of thousands of spectators who lined the course helped create an incredible atmosphere. We are very excited about the event returning to Bolton for 2013 as we feel that the course offers a real test for the athletes.”
Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said “It’s fantastic news that the organisers have chosen to come back to Bolton. Each year Ironman gets better. Local residents come out and support the athletes year on year and it’s a major event on our calendar. This year we also hosted the very successful IronKids race. We’re very pleased that both will be returning next year and once again providing a welcome boost for local businesses.”
The event comprises a 2.4 mile swim in Pennington Flash, a 112 mile cycle through the spectacular and challenging Lancashire countryside before finishing with a 26.2 mile looped marathon course in and around Bolton town centre, as thousands of spectators cheer the athletes all the way to the finish line in Victoria Square.
Athletes can also combine their racing with making a significant contribution to charity through guaranteed entry slots available from Scope, the official charity of Ironman UK. With an initial £99 to pay, along with a commitment to fundraise £1,000 for their great cause, athletes interested in details of how to secure one of these places can email events[at]scope.org.uk.