Race Info

IRONKIDS South Africa is open to all children between the ages of 6 & 13 years and will give these young stars the opportunity to put their mark in the Aquathlon world! The event takes place in Nelson Mandela Bay as part of the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship race weekend.  All children swim in their respective age groups, and the distances are as follows:

6 yrs - 13 yrs  100m Swim + 1.2km Run

Collecting Registration Packs

Parents/Guardians must collect the child's registration pack and sign the race waiver during race week at specified registration times.  Failure to do so means the child will not be allowed to participate.  


6 yrs - 13 yrs 100m Swim + 1.2km Run

Race Course

Athletes will swim in the pools of the McArthurs Pool and Leisure Centre, then run along the walkway down to the red carpet of the real Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship finish line to cross under the finisher arch and become a Spur IRONKID! 
Race Day Schedule

11:45 - Pool Opens
11:50 - Race Briefing
12:00 - Race Start
11:50 - Pool Opens
12:05 - Race Briefing
12:15 - First Wave - Moves to Transition
12:20 - Race Start
12:50 - Pool Opens
13:05 - Race Briefing
13:15 - First Waves - Moves to Transition
13:20 - Race Start
13:50 - Pool Opens
14:05 - Race Briefing
14:15 - First Wave - Moves to Transition
14:20 - Race Start
15:50 - Last Wave into the Water

How will the swim procedure work?

Kids will enter the McArthurs Pool and Leisure Centre and turn left into the holding pens.  Parents will continue straight into the spectator area. The kids will be sorted into their waves by volunteers. The kids will listen to a race briefing then start their swim wave in order being called by the announcers and guided by the volunteers.  Once they exit the swimming pool, volunteers will help them put on their shoes and shirts and they will run out the exit gate.  

Swim Map

How will the run procedure work?

Kids will run on the walkway from McArthur's to the Spur IRONKIDS finish line at Hobie Beach. Volunteers will be stationed along the course and will man a watering zone for kids.  

How will the child check-out procedure work?

Kids Exit Procedure 2015

  1. When the child comes through the Finish Line, they will receive their medals and goodies and will then be directed to the “Gazebo/holding pen”, where they will wait for their parents.
  2. The parents will enter from the “Parent Entrance” area only WHEN THEY CAN SEE THEIR CHILD (guards will monitor this). The child will then be allowed to make their way towards the “kids exit from holding pen” area.
  3. The parent and the child will meet at “Parent exit with child” area.
  4. The parent must hand the "Child Check-Out card" as received at registration to the volunteer/security and make their way out. No child will be released without the corresponding child check-out card.
  5. Parents may not congregate at the exit and may not try to enter from the exit point.

Rules and Regulations:


  • The swim will take place in a pool. 
  • No flippers or flotation devices (6 year olds will be assisted across the pool by a lifeguard and may use the lifeguard flotation device)
  • Goggles are recommended
  • No kicking / scratching / pulling / etc.
  • Swim caps provided MUST be worn


  • Running shoes are recommended as the run is done on concrete
  • T-shirt provided MUST be worn by ALL participants
  • Obey ALL instructions given by marshals and officials
  • At the finish line children must be collected by a parent/guardian with the relevant security card issued in the registration pack

PLEASE NOTE: Parents are NOT allowed to interfere with race officials or participants/children. If any interference occurs, officials may remove a child from the race at any time.

T-shirt Size Chart

The shirt sizes under help (next to what is your shirt size) should please be as per below.
Ironkids Shirt Sizes (No Size 4)