Open to children 6 to 14 years old, Alaska IronKids Philippines is 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.
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.
The Borlain siblings dominated the 2016 Alaska IronKids on Saturday at Remy Field in Subic Bay.
Eldest sister Samantha won the Girls 13 to 14 category, finishing the race in 47 minutes and 52 seconds, more than two minutes ahead of her closest competitor Everly Janarie Macalalad, who clocked in at 50:01.
Tara won in the Girls 11 to 12 category with a time of 35 minutes and six seconds. Runner-up Micaella Barlin who clocked in at 36:06
Youngest Franchezka dominated the Girls 6 to 8 category, winning the race at an amazing time of 19 minutes.
Suprisingly it was the first time all three (Borlain Sisters) of them won in their respective categories in the IronKids competition.
Other winners in the boys’ category include Clifford Pusing (11-12), Michael Gabriel Lozada (9-10) and Daniel Louw (6-8). Other winners in the girls’ category are Gene Heart Bukid (11-12), Aubrey Tom (9-10) and Zurielle Kenzie Galo (6-8).
Alaska IronKids is the biggest most exciting race of its kind for young boys and girls six to 14 years old. Almost three hundred participants came from all over the Philippines—with entries coming from as far north as Echague, Isabela and Villasis, Pangasinan and from as far south as Liloan, Cebu and Malaybalay City, Bukidnon—to join the event.
The race commenced with a 400-meter swim at the Olympic size, 50-meter WOW Pool behind Remy Field and concluded with the four-kilometer run along the roads of the former US Naval base in Subic.
The Alaska IronKids Duathlon in Subic included a Race Category (with Podium Medals) in four age groups for boys and girls; and a Play Category (finisher’s medal but no age categories) of short distance to promote outdoor play and increase participation for non-competitive participants.
Alaska IronKids encourages children to drop their video game consoles, cellphones, stop watching TV inside their living rooms and invites them to swim, bike and run outdoors to play instead.
But more than just a race, Alaska IronKids is a venue for families to bond in a shared activity, giving the parents a chance to show their children that being physically fit and healthy is more fun. It also fosters the importance of starting the day right with a combination of exercise and proper nutrition.