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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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




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




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




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




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 and Also, please follow us on Twitter: @AlaskaSportshub

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