Endurance Weekend 2014: Redefine Your Limits


From recreational runners to weekend bikers, running and cycling enthusiasts have explored every long distance route to satisfy their cravings for adrenaline-sucking ultra-distances races, test their endurance and go beyond their limits. And much has been heard about the “usual” routes that these endurance athletes are always up for the challenge of a new route. And it is well noted that these ultra-distance races are held outside the metro, which makes going to the start line and going home from the finish a line an added challenge.

So why not put up an ultra distance race within Metro Manila without the hazard of traffic and the combustion-pumped pollution? Would that even be possible?

On its second year, Filinvest City brings another one of a kind race that will surely put every runner’s and cyclist’s endurance to test with Endurance Weekend 2014: Ride, Rock and Run. A race made exactly for the hardcore cyclists and runners and the racing enthusiasts who are looking for an adventure in the city. The event takes place on November 8 and 9, 2014 at the beautifully landscaped Filinvest City where palms line the streets, lush large patches of greens, and trail within the city exist.

“While there will be prizes and medals for all the winners in the different categories, for most participants, it is reward enough to know that they can take on a race this tough and come out of it a better cyclist or runner,” said Don-Don Mari Ubaldo, Filinvest City Project Head.

“This Endurance Weekend captures the vibrant spirit and the sense of community in Filinvest City. It opens doors for more people to experience the fun outdoor and the active adventures they could have in a true garden city,” Ubaldo further added.

To further perk up the festive atmosphere on race day, expect for rocking side activities that will surely keep everyone entertained and give the racers an extra shot of the adrenaline they need.

It’s time to explore and experience the excitement of the trail within the city. Join the Filinvest Weekend Endurance 2014!

Check out the race details here!

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Alaska Ironkids Triathlon Held in Palms Country Club


ironkidsFrom Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii to Alaska Ironkids in Manila, the triathlon hype is still on.

Some 149 junior triathletes with ages 6 to 14 years old trooped to Palms Country Club, Filinvest on October 20 for the Alaska Ironkids Triathlon year-ender event.

As early as 6am, the young triathletes, accompanied by their parents, were all geared up to race in their respective age group category.  While others seemed relaxed, others just can’t contain their excitement. For some, the triathlon event may just have been a high end game, for some it was a high competition. It’s quite unusual not to know that some of these young triathletes were born to triathlete parents. Some are even members of prominent triathlon teams.

As each minute ticked towards the swim start, participants were allowed to do a warm up swim. They were also grouped according to their age – 6 to 8 years old, 9 to 10 years old, 11 to 12 years and 13 to 14 years old. Aside from the individual categories, the event also included two relay categories – 6 to 10 years old and 11 to 14 years old.

A quarter past 6, Race Director Ani de Leon-Brown, who is a seasoned triathlete herself, conducted the race briefing. The race commenced with a swim start for the 6 to 8 year old group.  The participants, despite being very young, were on a race mode as they make their way out of the 100m swim down to the transition area where they mount onto their bike for a 3km bike ride, and a final transition to a 1km run.

With 30 minute intervals, all participants in age group and relay categories have gone on to race their respective distances. Parents, relatives and friends have kept the energy on the highest level as they cheered for the participants.

ironkids2While it seemed more of a game for the younger ones, the older participants completed each leg of the race in a competition – trying their best to catch up with a racer ahead of them, or maintaining a lead. They have trained well enough for the race as evidenced by the way they make a left or right turn and accelerating or decelerating their bike speed.  Maintaining a good lead, especially in the run leg of the race was crucial as it gives them an assurance of make a podium finish.

Soon, the Top Three Finishers for each category have made it to the finish line.  They received their finisher’s medal, their parents at bay taking photos and feeling much prouder seeing their children successfully complete the race.

As everyone was waiting for the awarding ceremony, participants and the spectators alike were treated to a refreshing Alaska Chocolate Powdered Milk Drink at the Milk Station, as Alaska strongly believes that nutrition plays a very important role in the development of each child. And through its various sports program like Alaska Ironkids, children, at a very young age, learn the right moral values such as sportsmanship, teamwork and discipline.

And for a job well done, trophies were awarded to the Top Three finishers in the individual and relay categories.

Here are the winners:

6 to 8 years old

Boys

Girls

First Place Vonn Destiny Luy, 00:17:18.0 Kira Ellis, 16:28.2
Second Place Thomas Breen, 17:26.1 Hannah Drelyn Sanchez, 16:53.8
Third Place Juan Michael Tayag, 17:27.0 Justicea Marierl Tan, 17:11.1

9 to 10 years old

Boys

Girls

First Place Juan Francisco Baniqued, 24:22.8 Tara Borlain, 24:16.7
Second Place Matthew Trott, 25:13.7 Angelina Powell, 27:04.4
Third Place Samuel Compton, 26:01.0 Aaliyah Isabel Pacheco, 28:35.9

11 to 12 years old

Boys

Girls

First Place Bambam Manglicmot, 31:24.2 Samantha Borlain, 32:37.3
Second Place Juris Aaron Earl Tan, 31:53.0 Lauren Justine Plaza, 32:52.3
Third Place Oliver Trott, 32:22.7 Una Janus Sibayan, :35:04.0

13 to 14 years old

Boys

Girls

First Place Arno Baetz, 42:37.6 Gabriella Ellis, 47:11.2
Second Place Lance Vincent Plaza, 43:07.3 Jaymee Marie Ortega, 49:51.0
Third Place Brent Valelo, 44:21.3 Annika Caniza, 49:54.3

View the complete race results HERE.
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