Borlain sisters rule Alaska IronKids Triathlon in Subic

Sam, Chezka and Tara Borlain made podium finishes at the #AlaskaIronkids Triathlon Subic on March 7, 2015

Sam, Chezka and Tara Borlain made podium finishes at the #AlaskaIronkids Triathlon Subic.

Tara and Samantha Borlain again finished one-two in the same category (Girls 11-12) during the 2015 Alaska IronKids Triathlon held in Subic over the weekend. Open to children 6 to 14 years old, Alaska IronKids is the local junior version of the international triathlon series, Ironman.

Tara trailed sister Samantha in the swim and bike part of the race but relied on her strong finishing run to prevail. Other 1st place winners in the girl category are Nicole Danielle Eijansantos (13-14), Alison Ann Noble (9-10) and Justicia Mariearl Tan (6-8).

Brent Valelo also relied on a strong run to rule the Boy 13-14. Other 1st place winners in the boy category are Juan Francisco Baniqued (11-12), Mark Grist (9-10) and Dayshaun Karl Ramos (6-8).

Christine Levi Gaspar and Una Janus Sibayan placed second and third in the Girls 13-14. Everly Janarie Macalalad finished third in the Girls 11-12. Patricia Tolentino and Ana Maria Mempin placed second and third in the Girls 9-10. Franchezka Borlain, youngest of the Borlain sisters, and Caitlin Gaw finished second and third in the Girls 6-8.

Sabino Czar Manglicmot IV and John Caleb Barlin placed second and third in the Boys 13-14. Jose Manuel Arao and Karl Rafael Pamakid placed second and third in the Boys 11-12. Matthew Thomas Alumbres and Juan Miguel Tayag placed second and third in the Boys 9-10. Jabrielle Marcos Delizo and Reggeal Victoria placed second and third in the Boys 6-8.

Brent Valelo won another  championship title as he edged out other participants in the #AlaskaIronkids Triathlon 13-14 boys.

Brent Valelo won another championship title as he edged out other participants in the #AlaskaIronkids Triathlon 13-14 boys.

Four races are lined up for 2015— two aquathlons and two triathlons. The next races will be the Alaska IronKids Aquathlon Apr. 19 at The Village Sports Club; the Alaska IronKids Aquathlon in Subic Bay; and the Alaska IronKids Triathlon Aug. 1 in Cebu.

The races will have three categories: Race Category (with Podium Medals) with four age groups; Play Category (with finisher’s medal but no age categories) with short and long distances to promote outdoor play and increase participation for non-competitive participants; and the Relay Category (with Podium Medals) with two mixed age groups.

Alaska Milk Corporation President/CEO Wilfred Steven Uytengsu said he is ecstatic with the huge turnout.

“It’s really nice to see the parents supporting their kids promoting a healthy lifestyle, a lot of kids today spend a lot of time on their iPads or playstations. It’s important to develop your technical skills but you also have to be physically fit,” said Uytengsu.

Alaska IronKids Philippines is an annual sporting event that aims to promote the healthy and active lifestyle among children through the winning combination of proper nutrition and physical activity. The Alaska IronKids Race Series is just one of many sports development programs that Alaska conducts yearly to engage children to come out and play.

Pioneering athletic programs like the Alaska IronKids Philippines Triathlon has managed to take children away from their video game consoles, cellphones and cable TV remotes and out into the sun to swim, bike and run in triathlon races. Alaska’s sports programs hope to encourage children to get into organized sports while learning positive values like hard work, discipline, determination and teamwork. The program for 2015 will continue to bring excitement as it helps future athletes realize their dreams.

Become an inspiring athlete too and join Alaska’s sports programs now! NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION.

For general information about the Alaska IronKids please visit For live Twitter updates follow @ALASKAsportshub #AlaskaIronkids.

Champions Rose at the Alaska Ironkids Aquathlon

To further promote active and healthy lifestyle among the children, Alaska continues to provide sports activities that young children, 6 to 14 years old, can participate in. In 2014, a total of four Alaska Ironkids races were held – two aquathlon and two triathlon events.

On May 25, 2014, junior triathletes, aged 6 to 14, converged for an aquathlon event held in Club Manila East, with none other than the Race Director and Triathlon Coach Ani de Leon-Brown at the helm. The race kicked off with the gun start for the 13 to 14 year olds, followed by 11 to 12 age group, 9 to 10, and the final wave of 6 to 8 year olds.

The aquathlon highlighted the third championship title of Tri Clark Team’s Brent Valelo, who finished in 17 minutes and 32 seconds, roughly a minute and a half ahead of the second placer Nathan Nalo, also from Tri Clark Team. Brent has consistently topped his in his age group. Nicole Eijansantos topped the girls in the 13 the 14 age group; Margarita delos Reyes came in second and Una Sibayan came in third.

They race for the podium finish, but that’s only during the race. Sam and Tara Borlain have always taken the first and second spots in their categories. Although Sam was the first out of the water, the younger Tara Borlain had caught up with the Sam during the run leg of the race. Tara finally took the top spot. Christine Julianne Javier completed the roster of top finishers in the 11 to 12 years old girls.

It was a pretty tough race for the boys in the 11 to 12 years old group. Dan Christian Leyba emerged as the top finisher with a time of 13 minutes and 20 minutes, a second ahead of Team TriGear’s Juan Francisco Baniqued. Aaron Joshua Miranda came in third.

Alaska Ironkids is not just about a race, podium finishes, trophies and medals. It’s about family bonding. We’ve seen the Borlains, the Delizos, the Armocillas, and the Hodges cheering for the young triathletes all throughout the course. Fresh from the Ironman World Championship Melbourne, Gus Banusing showed full support to his daughter Nadine Banusing, who participated in the play category just to get the feel of the multisport event.

Though he didn’t make it to the top three, JB Sarmiento was still all smiles at the finish line. JB has a condition called G6PD Deficiency, wherein his body does not have enough glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase enzyme, which helps red blood cells function normally. While his nutritional needs would seem to be a challenge, the Sarmientos have never failed to provide JB with his needs, which helped him champion over this deficiency. JB has continually raced and made podium finishes.

Diagnosed with a down syndrome, his condition didn’t stop Austin Chang from becoming an Alaska Ironkid when he made it to the finish line.
We spotted JC Abad of Alaska Tri-Aspire Team, who came all the way from Ilocos with her equally athletic sister MJ Abad, to lend support to the La Union Bull Sharks, his team prior to joining Alaska Tri-Aspire.

This race was also Hannah Angelika’s and Leila Marie’s final Alaska Ironkids race as they graduate from the program. Hannah and Leila Marie turned 15 this year.

Here are the list of winners:

You can expect to see more of these young triathletes race in the Alaska Ironkids 2015!

Registration for Alaska Ironkids Triathlon Subic on March 7, 2015 is now open.

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Junior Triathletes Win Big at the Alaska Ironkids Cebu

Standing: JB Sarmiento, Brent Valelo, Arno Baetz, Lauren Plaza, Aaliyah Mataragnon, Juris Aaron Earl Tan Sitting: Justin Christopher Yu, Justicia Mariearl Tan, Eduard Russell So, Everly Macalalad, Tara Borlain and Sam Borlain

Some 160 junior triathletes from the national and international triathlon communities geared up for the Alaska Ironkids held on August 2, 2014 at the Shangri-La Mactan in Cebu. The beach front of the Shangri-La Mactan was jampacked with parents and spectators as the participants, as young as 6 years old, were getting ready for the race.

The race kicked off with the gun start for the 13 to 14 and 11 to 12 year old groups. These older groups of boys and girls started off with the leg swim of the race competitively, with last year’s defending champion Arno Baetz coming out of the water first. The groups of 9 to 10 and 6 to 8 year olds followed simultaneously. Despite being young, the participants showed very remarkable and even top notch race performance from the swim leg, to the bike and to the final phase of the race which is the run leg.

Lightning doesn’t strike the same spot twice. It’s true. But not for the 14 year old Arno Baetz, who took home the Cebu championship title twice in a row. Homegrown triathlete Justin Chiongbian finished second, with Brent Valelo completing the line up.

From top right clockwise: Race Dir. Coach Ani de Leon-Brown conducting the race briefing to Alaska Ironkids participants; TriClark Team: Nathan Nalo, JB Sarmiento, Justicia Mariearl Tan, Juris Aaron Earl Tan & Brent Valelo; Tara and Sam Borlain; Team Tri-Gear: Lauren Plaza, Everly Macalalad, Juan Francisco Baniqued & Una Sibayan

Nicole Eijansantos took the top stop, but had to battle it out with last year’s champion Lauren Justine Plaza, who came in at the second place. Cebu’s Aaliyah Mataragnon settled with the third place.Consistent podium finishers ruled the 11 to 12 year old group. Juan Francisco Baniqued, who made the rounds of top finishes in this year’s Alaska Ironkids races, placed first. JB Sarmiento, who has a condition called G6PD deficiency (which may cause a hemolytic anemia to a patient) came in second, barely 10 seconds ahead of the third placer Juris Aaron Earl Tan.

The Borlain Sisters – Sam and Tara raced for the Championship title. Sam Borlain greeted everyone at the finish line with a sprint finish, one minute and 41 seconds ahead of Tara. Though she placed second, Tara Borlain still has very good words for her sister. “I’m just really happy that my sister experienced winning over me. This really happens in real life. You win some and you lose some. So I’m very happy for my sister,” Tara shared during the Alaska Ironkids Champions press conference. Completing the block is Everly Janarie Macalalad.

Coming all the way from Sendai, Japan, Hyonde Keum topped the 9 to 10 year old boys’ division, Cebuano Eduard Russell So came in second, and the Abel Te Riele of the SunLife Tri Team placed third. In the girl’s division, Cebu-based Syrah Ruth Uy was the first to finish among her race playmates, followed by Samantha Nalo for the second place. Danica Alba sneaked in the third spot.

Tayag twins – Juan Miguel and Jose Maria Tayag, proved indispensable in the 6 to 8 year old boys’ division, who finished first and third, respectively. Justin Christopher Yu finished in betweet the Tayag twins as he placed second. Justicia Mariearl Tan championed in the girls’ category, Dhexia Myle Bersabal made it to the second spot, and Alethea Paige Gaccion completed the podium roster.

From top right clockwise: The Ironman Pros: Justin Granger, Belinda Granger & Casey Munro; Alaska Ironkids Finisher’s Medal; Jose Maria & Juan Miguel Tayag, Eduard Russell So, Alaska VP for Mktg. Ms. Blen Fernando, RG Gabunada, Caroline Steffen, Belinda Granger, Justin Granger, Joanne Angeles, Brent McMahon, Pete Jacobs, Sam Betten & Dimity-Lee Duke.

This year’s Cebu Alaska Ironkids had a new race route, where all participants took the long stretch of Punta Engaño Road for both the bike and run legs of the race. In addition, two non-competitive categories were also included, the Long Distance and the Short Distance Play Categories, for those who want to participate in the event, but don’t want to feel the pressure of “racing”.

Whilst the overcast made racing very conducive to all participants, the event was made more spectacular as the Ironman Pros took the task of handing over the medals and trophies to the top finishers.

All finishers received a finisher’s shirt and a finisher’s medal, plus gift packs from Alaska and race partners.

Congratulations to all the winners and finishers, and to the very hands-on Race Director Coach Ani de Leon-Brown for another successful Alaska Ironkids!

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Junior Triathletes Shine at the Alaska Ironkids Triathlon

Alaska Ironkids Champs AG 13 to 14: Top Photo - Isabella Kapunan, Una Sibayan & Gabriella Ellis. Bottom Photo - Bambam Manglicmot, Brent Valelo & Drew Magbag

Alaska Ironkids Champs AG 13 to 14: Top Photo – Isabella Kapunan, Una Sibayan & Gabriella Ellis. Bottom Photo – Bambam Manglicmot, Brent Valelo & Drew Magbag

As weeks rolled into months, the second quarter of the year opened with Alaska Ironkids Triathlon held in La Stanza, Marikina on April 13, 2014. This is one of the multis – sports events that some 100 young triathletes, with their parents and bike in tow, were looking forward to participate in.

While trying to find a good vantage point, it’s not uncommon to bump into familiar faces. Participants all geared in their tri – suits getting their body markings, checking in their bikes, getting last minute “reminders” from parent – coaches were a common sight in the race venue. More often than not, it’s the parents who look more excited and eager than the participants themselves. Or, they could just be uber supportive parents. Young as they were, some of the junior triathletes already exhibited professional attitude towards the sport. They come to the race venue on time with all their race gears neatly prepared and checked in at the transition area. They would wait for their scheduled assembly and gun times. Yet, taking a closer look at them, they are still the youngsters who love to play around and be just kids.

Prior to each gun start, Race Director Coach Ani de Leon – Brown briefs the participants regarding their race category, like the distance of each leg of the race, how many loops they need to make, and to get a turn around marker each they time.

The first swim wave for the age group 13 to 14 signals the start of the race, followed by the 11 to 12, 9 to 10, 6 to 8, and finally, relay and the play categories. While the older age group participants are racing to the finish, its lovely to watch the youngest participants, those in the 6 t 8 year old group, as they head to the bike transition area. They needed little or no assistance at all from the marshals! They looked like they’re just playing with other kids, but you can sense their competitiveness.

With each gun start for every race category, parents and spectators alike literally screamed their lungs out to show their support. As soon as the participants head over to the transition area for the bike and consequently the run leg of the race, they’d gather by the finish line, cameras ready to take one of the best photos of the race – crossing the finish line.

Twice to Beat!

By the time the race clock read 00:39:57, the first finisher – Brent Valelo in the 13 to 14 AG, crossed the finish line. Soon, finishers started to trickle in for each of the category. The triathlon race is Brent’s second top podium finish this year. At second place is Bambam Manglicmot followed by Drew Magbag in the third place. It’s complete replica of the race results of the Alaska Ironkids Aquathlon held early this year at the Village Country Club, BF Homes, Parañaque.

The girls are not easy to beat as Una Sibayan clocked in 00:44:49. This is Una’s second top podium finish to date as well. Isabella Kapunan trailed at 00:46:54, and Gabriella Ellis at 00:47:28, second and third places, respectively.

The PLAY Category

In order to give some newbie triathletes the opportunity to have a feel of the triathlon, the Play category was included in the race categories, which is non – competitive in nature and was first introduced in the Alaska Ironkids Aquathlon last February 9th. The race distance was shorter compared to the Race Categories. Simply, this is an assessment category which will help the participant gauge himself if the multisport is game for him.

More often than not, for someone who can swim, bike and run, he is being made for a multisport race whether he plays competitively or he just want to have fun.

The Podium Finishers

Everyone who joined the Alaska Ironkids Triathlon are all champions, in one way or another. To give proper credit to those who fared excellently in their respective race category, a special shout out goes out to you!

AG 13 to 14



First Place Brent Valelo, 00:39:57 Una Janus Sibayan, 00:44:49
Second Place Sabino Czar Manglicmot IV, 00:41:08 Isabella Danielle Kapunan, 00:46:54
Third Place Drew Bennet Magbag, 00:43:05 Gabriella Ellis, 00:47:28


AG 11 to 12



First Place Juan Francisco Baniqued, 00:33:41 Tara Borlain, 00:32:35
Second Place Luigi Miguel Crisostomo, 00:34:04 Samantha Borlain, 00:33:01
Third Place Joe Bernard Sarmiento, 00:35:57 Everly Janarie Macalalad, 00:33:24


AG 9 to 10



First Place Zedrick James Borja, 00:29:15 Angelina Powell, 00:26:19
Second Place Gabriel Antonio dela Rosa, 00:29:22 Syrah Ruth Uy, 00:26:20
Third Place Christopher Apolinario, 00:29:37 Samantha Nalo, 00:27:56


AG 6 to 8 Boys


First Place Thomas Breen, 00:17:23 Kira Ellis, 00:18:45
Second Place Mark Grist, 00:17:25 Justicia Mariearl Tan, 00:19:29
Third Place Juan Miguel Tayag, 00:17:36 Xantia Mikaela Victorio, 00:21:28

Congratulations to all Finishers!

Catch the upcoming Alaska Ironkids Triathlon on August 2, 2014 at Shangri – La Mactan, Cebu City.

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