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

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Alaska IronKids Triathlon 2012 Goes to Cebu

Alaska Milk Corporation (AMC) continues to promote proper nutrition and training as the major players in better performance in every sport. To further leverage its position as the leading milk brand in the country, AMC brings the Alaska IronKids Triathlon to a new and higher level when the event takes place on August 4, 2012, from 6 to 9am, in Shangri – La Mactan, Cebu City.

Alaska IronKids is the junior counterpart of the world – renowned triathlon event IronMan. Kids 6 to 14 years old race through three sporting events: Swimming, Biking and Running. The race is divided into four age categories: 6 – 8 years, old, 9 – 10 years old, 11 – 12 years old, and 13 – 14 years old. The event is open to kids who are new to the sport as well as those who have already competed in other triathlon events.

More than a hundred triathletes, 6 to 14 years old, will compete in this year’s edition, hopefully surpassing the record number of 95 participants in 2011 held at the CamSur Water Sports Complex. With their parents and family to cheer for them, the event promises to be a family affair to remember. Kids will not only compete on the race day, but will also have the chance to socialize during the Alaska IronKids Children’s party to be held on August 3, 2012 at the Alaska Media Center.

Expected to defend their titles are frontrunners and early race favorites Tara Borlain and Eric Almendral, last year’s winners in the 6 – 8 years old category; Sophia Marie Vizcarra and Lance Vincent Plaza, winners in the 11 – 12 years old category; and Mgali Echauz and Justine Kyle Mapalo, winners in the 13 – 14 years old category.

Alaska IronKids is a year – long event and has already completed three legs – two running events held at the University of Makati and at the Mall of Asia grounds, and an aquathlon held at the Palms Country Club.

Since its inception in 2010, Alaska IronKids has become a symbol for active and healthy lifestyle among the kids. Its successful races have encouraged kids to take care of their bodies through exercise and proper nutrition, and have instilled in them commitment and discipline, all of which are advocacies of the Alaska Milk Corporation. In addition to that, the event has also become a venue for the families to bond and show support to each other.

Interested kids can still join the event as the registration is still ongoing. Please log on to

Up Next: Alaska IronKids Aquathlon: July 29, 2012 at PhilSports Arena, Pasig City.
Catch the next Alaska IronKids Triathlon event on October 23, 2012 at Pico de Loro, Batangas.

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