• Young triathletes clash as Alaska Ironkids unwraps

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    Participants in the Alaska Ironkids take part in the Alaska Run Out, a 1.1K run from Shangri-La to Mactan Elementary School in Cebu on Friday. More than 400 youngsters will slug it out in today’s Alaska Ironkids, which also serves as a prelude to tomorrow’s centerpiece Cobra Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Participants in the Alaska Ironkids take part in the Alaska Run Out, a 1.1K run from Shangri-La to Mactan Elementary School in Cebu on Friday. More than 400 youngsters will slug it out in today’s Alaska Ironkids, which also serves as a prelude to tomorrow’s centerpiece Cobra Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Top young triathletes usher in an action-packed weekend of swim-bike-run competitions in Lapu-lapu City as they race for glory in the Alaska IronKids Triathlon 2 today at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa.

    Multi-titled Borlain sisters Samantha, Tara and Franchezka, Singapore International Triathlon Sprint Category medalists Wacky Baniqued and Jane Macalalad banner some 400 youngsters kicking off hostilities ahead of Sunday’s Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship presented by Ford tomorrow.

    The Alaska IronKids’ culminating race features competitions in the 6-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14 age brackets pitting the best performers from the three previous Alaska IronKids held in Manila and Subic.

    Samantha and Tara are gunning for their third titles this year. Tara won the 11-12 class while Samantha reigned in the 13-14 in the Triathlon I race in Subic. After Tara moved up in class, they took turns finishing 1-2 in the Aquathlon I in Manila and Aquathlon 2 in Subic.

    All category winners in three previous Alaska Ironkids events in Manila and Subic were given free entry to the Cebu Ironkids with free flights and accommodation, including their parents, all courtesy of Alaska.

    Baniqued similarly shoots for crown No. 3 to add to his triumph in the boys’ 13-14 Triathlon I and Aquathlon 2 in Subic.

    Produced and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc. and sponsored by Alaska Milk Corp., the Alaska IronKids is the junior version of the Ironman which also features swimming, biking and running events.

    The IronKids warmed up yesterday morning by taking part the Alaska Run Out, a 1.1K run from Shangri-La to Mactan Elementary School.

    Together with some of the pros and Filipino elite, Alaska Milk Corp. vice president for marketing Blen Fernando, and Ironman Asia managing director Geoff Meyer, the IronKids took part in Alaska’s Gatas for Breakfast campaign and helped students realize the importance of drinking milk.

    The Province of Cebu, this historic resort city, Mandaue, Talisay and Cebu City, roll out the red carpet for the biggest triathlon event on Philippine soil.

    Aussie Tim Reed and Swiss Caroline Steffen and a first-cast of 30-plus pros duke it out for the AsPac title in Sunday’s main fare while close to 3,000 Filipino elite, CEOs, age-groupers and relay teams, including celebrities like Matte Guidicelli, aim to make their presence felt in their respective divisions.

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