As early as 5 AM, children 6 to 14 years old were already awake and got ready for the gun start of Alaska IronKids Philippines, the local junior version of the international triathlon series, Ironman. Triathlon is a race that features three sporting events: running, swimming, and biking. The competition is open to kids who are new to the sport and those who have already joined other triathlon events.
For parents, joining a triathlon is a challenging and rewarding way for kids to get fit. Aside from mastering three sports in one, children learn the values of discipline, determination, hard work, sportsmanship, and persistence while making new friends and having fun. It also allows kids to make the most of their time and energy instead of whiling away time by playing video games or browsing the internet. Parents like Ringo and Carole Borlain are proud to introduce the sport to their kids Tara, Samantha, and Cheska, also known as the Borlain Sisters who already bagged numerous awards since the beginning of Alaska IronKids Philippines. Unfortunately, the Borlain Sisters were not able to joint his year because of conflict of schedule.
“We had races and school exams recently, and this was supposed to be my last (IronKids) because I’m turning 15 soon,” explained the 14-year old Samantha and who is also the eldest among the siblings. “But definitely, this wont be my last run. I’ll still be present in Alaska events. In the future, I might join in the Ironman series.”
“When we prepare for (IronKids), we make sure we have enough rest and we train properly,” shared by Tara, 13, when we asked them their preparations prior to the race.
Tara was 6 years old while her sister Samantha was 7 when they first joined together into the Alaska IronKids triathlon race. Tara will be joining the Alaska IronKids leg in Cebu on August 5 under the 13-14 years old category.
“It’s fun,” said 9-year old Cheska about her experiences as one of the IronKids triathlete.
“IronKids participating level really increased throughout the years. I remember, our very first that we had in CamSur, was just about 50 to 60 participants. Now, we averaged 200 participants per race and we don’t have to mass promote. They already know and I’m very happy about that,” said Coach Ani de Leon-Brown, Race Director of Alaska IronKids. Coach Brown is also the first Filipina to compete in Ironman World Championshiop.
“Alaska IronKids aims to promote a well-balanced lifestyle for kids of today, who are used to staying indoors with TV, videogame console and the Internet as companions. IronKids is also the perfect venue for families to bond and for parents to demonstrate in ‘real-time’ that being HEALTHY can also be fun,” says Mr. Wilfred Uytengsu, president of Alaska Milk Corporation.
Now on its 6th year, more than 150 participants from 6 to 14 years old join today, March 11, the different heats of the Alaska IronKids which was held at Wow Recreation and Activity Center in Subic Bay Free Port. Other races include aquathlons on April 9, in Manila Polo Club, and June 3 in Subic; and triathlon in Cebu on August 5. For more information, log in to http://ironkidsphil.com.
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