Alaska IronKids – Swim Race


Alaska IronKids Swim Race Winners (left to right): Gail Salonga, Drew Magbag, Julius Constantino, Tara Borlain, Sam Borlain, Jasmine Mojdeh, Jaz Villanueva, Noah Labasan and Gabriel Labasan

Alaska IronKids Swim Race Winners (left to right): Gail Salonga, Drew Magbag, Julius Constantino, Tara Borlain, Sam Borlain, Jasmine Mojdeh, Jaz Villanueva, Noah Labasan and Gabriel Labasan

The impending tropical depression Gorio was a no – stopper to the Alaska IronKids held at Marist School Marikina on June 30, 2013. By 1am, PAG-ASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration) announced that Typhoon Signal No. 2 has been raised over Metro Manila and nearby provinces. Strong wind was howling in the middle of the night as the heavy rain poured down. There were several inquiries from parents of the Ironkids who signed up to participate if the event was pushing through because of the weather condition.By 5 in the morning, it was confirmed that event was pushing through. 

Travelling was quite a challenge because the vicinity of the venue was known to be a flood basin during heavy downpours. Braving the rain and the winds early morning, I proceeded to the race venue. I was quite worried because I was already late for the 6am call time. By the time I reached the venue, the young triathletes were prepping up at the holding area. 

Considering the weather condition, some 174 participants showed up at the race. The participants raced in batches, or heats. While at the holding area, excitement can be seen in their faces. The covered area by the pool was cramped with parents and spectators alike, yet I haven’t heard or seen anyone complained. In fact, parents were enthusiastic in cheering up their children. 

The event was originally scheduled as a duathlon. Race Director Coach Ani de Leon-Brown confirmed that due to the bad weather, the race was reduced to a swimming competition. As always, she was hands on as the event progressed. 

While waiting for their respective race categories, the junior triathletes kept themselves busy with their PSPs.

While waiting for their respective race categories, the junior triathletes kept themselves busy with their PSPs.

As the race went along for each of the age group, some participants at the adjacent covered court entertained themselves with their PSPs. Also, an Alaska booth was set up where everyone can enjoy the refreshing and the healthy goodness of Alaska Milk. Ironkids as they are, not even a bad weather can stop them from competing. Tara and Sam Borlain, as usual, were on top of their respective game. There was even one participant who was on a competitive mode to the point of asking “Coach, what’s the time to beat?”

By midmorning, the race was already halfway and awarding has commenced as well. So, I had to toggle myself from the covered court to the poolside and back to keep abreast with the ongoing event. I chanced upon Team TriGear doing some legworks under a slight drizzle after their swim race. And yes, they were having fun. Team TriGear is one of the most represented teams in every Alaska IronKids race. 

1. IronKids at swim start; 2. IronKids at holding area; 3. IronKid enjoying the refreshing milk at the Alaska Booth; 4. Team David's Salon Belles Pia and Gaia with their triathlete moms.

1. IronKids at swim start; 2. IronKids at holding area; 3. IronKid enjoying the refreshing milk at the Alaska Booth; 4. Team David’s Salon Belles Pia and Gaia with their triathlete moms.

Debuting as IronKids, Pia and Gaia represented Team David’s Salon Belles in the swim race of Alaska IronKids. One thing that is noteworthy about the Alaska IronKids is that, children with special are welcome to join. No special treatments were given, except that they were allowed to have their coach by the pool side, which makes them feel like the rest of the other children. This is a good venue for them to enjoy their being children. 

As the morning closed to an end, winners in all of the age group categories have been recognised and awarded. 

Here is the list of winners:

13 to 14 Years Old

 

Boys

Girls

1st Place Drew Bennet Magbag, 05:00 River Gail Salonga, 05:26
2nd Place John Ian Guevarra, 05:11 Jaymie Marie Ortega, 05:27
3rd Place Julius Alfred Constantino, 05:12 Maria Margarita delos Reyes, 06:11

11 to 12 Years Old

 

Boys

Girls

1st Place Sabino Czar Manglicmot IV, 03:52 Samantha Borlain, 03:55
2nd Place Johnmar Armocilla, 04:06 Eya Jamiel Tumbokon, 04:12
3rd Place Marcus Faytaren, 04:11 Nicole Danielle Eijansantos, 04:14

9 to 10 Years Old

 

Boys

Girls

1st Place Sean Gabriel Cruz, 02:46 Tara Borlain, 02:53
2nd Place Raphael Henrico Santos, 02:57 Danielle Louise Laminta, 02:59
3rd Place Fernando Diaz, 03:09 Cecille Andrea Mole, 03:03

6 to 8 Years Old

 

Boys

Girls

1st Place Lance Rafael Cruz, 01:28 Athena Shanessa Chang, 01:28
2nd Place Noah Labasan, 01:31 Jasmine Mojdeh, 01:34
3rd Place Gabriel Labasan, 01:35 Jaz Villanueva, 01:36

In an interview with Noah and Gabriel Labasan, they confessed that their winning in Alaska IronKids races merits them a gadget of their choice, this time a tablet! 

Athena Chang, top winner in the 6 to 8 years old category went home with a back to back win. She also topped her age group category in the Alaska IronKids Aquathlon and Run Race on May 19 and June 1, 2013, respectively. 

For the Borlain sisters – Sam and Tara, winning in their respective age group category is not uncommon for them. They both grandslammed in three Alaska IronKids races this year. 

Congratulations to all the Winners and Finishers! You all did a great job! 

Junior triathletes from Team TriGear having a quick spin; Right Photo: At the holding area waiting for their gun start.

Junior triathletes from Team TriGear having a quick spin; Right Photo: At the holding area waiting for their gun start.

Catch the Alaska IronKids Triathlon happening on August 3, 2013 at Shangri – La Mactan, Cebu. For updates, please visit www.alaskamilk.com.ph and www.ironkidsphils.com. Also, please follow us on Twitter: @AlaskaSportshub

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