Alaska Ironkids hopes to teach kids right attitutde

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Thursday, July 31, 2014


SPORTS is not all about winning. The values of determination, hard work, teamwork, discipline and sportsmanship are the things organizers want to promote to the young triathletes when the Alaska Ironkids Philippines blasts off tomorrow in Lapu-Lapu City.

The junior version of Cobra Ironman Philippines gives children the chance to test the waters of high level competition at early age.

Some 150 children have suited up for the country’s premiere youth triathlon race. The 13- 14 years old and 11-12 old categories will have a 300-meter swim, nine-kilometer bike, and 2K run. The 9 to 10 years old and 6 to 8 years old have a 100m swim, 3K bike and 1K run.

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The relay category 2 and long distance play have the 300m swim, 9K bike and 2K run, while the relay category 1 only covers a 100m swim, 3K bike and 1K run. The short play category is the shortest with a 50m swim, 3K bike and 1K run.

“We want to encourage and boost the morale of the kids, especially to those new in the sport. The participants in the play categories will be all winners,” said Yam Maramba, M2M Advertising Philippines project manager yesterday during the media briefing at Cafe Laguna.

Cebu’s bets include the top rising triathletes in the 13 to 14 years old like Ralph Eduard So, Yuan Chiongbian in the boys division and Issa Priagula, Aaliyah Mataragnon, Nica Villaba in the girls division.

No. 1 priority

Technical race director Neville Manaois said that the safety of the children is the number one priority. Last year, the weather spoiled the event.

“Base on our weather forecast, tomorrow will have a fair weather. But in case there will be changes of the weather, the safety of children is always our number one priority. If the weather is bad we would have to postpone or cancel the event,” said Manaois “In terms of the preparation, we are ready for this year which will have a better route than last year.”

Some of the roads in the Punta Engaño that were repaired last year are now done and will be part on this year’s route.

The Alaska Ironkids have also included a pre-race community outreach program today dubbed Alaska Ironkids Philippines supports Gatas for Breakfast. The Ironkids participants will have a practice run for a cause with Ironman champions Pete Jacobs, Caroline Steffen, Alaska Tri-Aspire team coach Matt O’ Halloran and Filipino elites Banjo Norte and Jenny Guerrero. The activity will be followed with a milk drinking activity and a breakfast feeding with 1,500 students from Mactan Elementary School.

“This will be the first time the Alaska Ironkids will be giving out to the community, The students in grade four, five and six of the school are the beneficiaries,” said Rodney Manalo, Alaska company representative.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 01, 2014.

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