Look out world! IRONMAN has once again created a life changing experience for even the youngest of athletes. All new to the North American IRONKIDS program in 2019 are the Diaper Dot Dash and Toddler Dot Trot events. Children as young as six months old and that are crawling independently can participate in the 15 foot crawl to the finish line. The Toddler Dot Trot encourages children one year of age and older to independently trot thirty feet to the finish line. Parents are encouraged to trot along with their toddlers.
Nicole Geller, the program manager of IRONKIDS, wanted to find a new way to get younger children involved in the experience of crossing their first finish line. "Adding these two new events is just another step in building a healthy lifestyle for every child at every age" stated, Nicole Geller. The new events will have an opportunity for children to pose on the podium (all three blocks with the number one on them), plus a three foot PR bell to ring after their first race is finished. Good times are ahead!
Many of the races are held in conjunction with regular 70.3- or 140.6-distance races, making it convenient and fun for the whole family to race. The series kicks off with its inaugural events at IRONMAN Oceanside 70.3 April 5, followed by IRONMAN 70.3 Texas on April 6 where IRONKIDS will have the opportunity to exercise with pros Mirinda Carfrae and Timothy O’Donnell. It's a can't-miss opportunity.
Saturday, April 20, 2019 in The Woodlands, Texas
For athletes heading to town a bit early for IRONMAN Texas, this kids race is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to try their hand at toeing the line before you do the same a week later. With race distances for kids from 6 months to 14 years old, there's something for all skills and abilities, and it's guaranteed to be a fun time for the whole family.
Saturday, June 8, 2019 in Boulder, Colorado
This popular destination race for adults just got even more fun. Bring your kids into your racing experience as they take on this non-competitive, non-timed fun run the day before you head off for 140.6 miles of swimming, biking and running. Plus, every kiddo entered will receive a race bib, finisher shirt, medal and goodie bag.
IRONKIDS Lake Placid
Saturday, July 20, 2019 in Lake Placid, New York
A popular destination in and of itself, Lake Placid is the perfect place to not only do a triathlon but bring along the whole family for a destination racecation. While you prepare for the big day, your kids can feel the same excitement of competition with a one-mile, half-mile, Toddler Tot Trot or Diaper Dot Dash the day before Mommy or Daddy tackle their own race. Plus, held in conjunction is the IRONKIDS Dip 'N' Dash, which gives kids an opportunity to test their swimming abilities in Mirror Lake by completing a 100-meter swim followed by a one-mile run for ages 7 to 15.
Saturday, October 11, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky
Give your kids the opportunity to follow in your footsteps by taking on this fun run for children ranging from just 6 months to 14 years. What's better than getting your first taste of competition before crossing the finish line and being called an IRONKID?
Find a complete listing of over 20 IRONKIDS events here .