Junior Triathletes Shine at the Alaska Ironkids Aquathlon


Alaska Ironkids Aquathlon Top Finishers Girls Photo Credit: Alaska Sports Hub

Alaska Ironkids Aquathlon Top Finishers Girls
Photo Credit: Alaska Sports Hub

February has just come in and the early morning temperature was literally cold. But despite that, some 150 young triathletes, 6 to 14 years old, trooped to The Village Sports Club, BF Homes Parañaque for the Alaska Ironkids Aquathlon. This is the first installment of the Alaska Ironkids series for 2014. 

It’s the Perfect Form 

The race kicked off with the 400 metre swim start for the 13 to 14 year olds at half past 6 in the morning, and then transitioned to a 3 kilometre run, followed by the swim start of each age group category. Being the year’s opening race for the junior triathletes, there were first time racers as well. Remarkably, one of the Borlain sisters and the youngest one at that, Cheska, who just turned 6 a week before the event, made her debut as one of the youngest triathletes, following her sisters’ footsteps – Sam and Tara, and hopefully grab those trophies and medals, too! According to Mr. Ringo Borlain, the children’s dad, Cheska, though a totally newbie in the sports, showed a very positive attitude about joining the race. I can sense a champion in making! Consistent training and parental support are essential to creating a real champions. That’s why, in every race, it is not impossible to spot Dad Ringo and Mom Carol at the venue. 

The Race Category paved the way for the junior triathletes to show their best swimming and running forms as they took each leg of the race, beating their previous PRs and out-racing each other. Though a race in its truest sense, the young champs went through the course and competed in a friendly manner. While most of the participants joined in the Race category, a good number of them joined in the Play Category. The Play category is another first this year, which was introduced to allow the not so competitive ones and the first timers to be part of the event, have fun and get the feel of the Alaska Ironkids races. Moreso, this will help them decide if multi-sports is the kind of game they want to get into. 

First Time Champions 

Talking about “firsts”, there were first time champions, too! Though they have made several podium finishes in the past Alaska Ironkids races, this was their first time to be the top finisher in their age group category. 

One of the most familiar personalities in the Alaska Ironkids races is Una Sibayan from Team Tri Gear. I’ve seen her race since 2012. She’s good, performed well in every race she joined, and would win a top three spot in some of those races. I know that she puts in every big effort she has to make a podium, it’s just that, perhaps, the effort wasn’t big enough to be the top finisher. But training and hard work would soon pay off. She took home her first ever Gold medal in the Girls 13 to 14 year old category. 

Alaska Ironkids Aquathlon Top Finishers Boys Photo Credit: Alaska Sports Hub

Alaska Ironkids Aquathlon Top Finishers Boys
Photo Credit: Alaska Sports Hub

Another familiar face is Brent Valelo of Team Tri Clark. He’s been joining the Alaska Ironkids races and won for himself a second or a third spot, but never a top spot. It’s every Ironkid’s goal to grab a top spot finish, which motivates him to train well and prepare himself in every race. And yes, all his efforts didn’t go to waste, that’s certain. He pulled off his first top finish in the Boys 13 to 14 year old category. 

They certainly deserved their first championship title race because they did exactly what they have been training for. For the excellent job that the young champions have done, they brought home with them the Alaska Ironkids winner’s medal, a trophy, the commemorative Alaska Ironkids stuffed toy and gift bags from Alaska and other sponsors. 

Crossing the finish line, they have made their dream a reality, proving that when one works hard, winning is just a sprint away. Not only that they achieved their goal, but also they made their number one fans even prouder – their parents, their next of kins and friends. It is pretty obvious that the greatest fans of these Ironkids are none other than their parents and their close relations, who, at the swim start down to the run course and up to the finish line cheered for them. Their excitement begins at the gun start, builds up as the champs transition to the next leg of the race and hits the high as they sprint towards the finish line. 

As the event wrapped up, everyone was in high spirits. Some may have not won a spot, but surely everyone had a lot of fun, looking forward to joining the next race. 

For more information on Alaska Ironkids, please log on to www.ironkidsphil.com.
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