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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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



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



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



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



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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