For this year’s Alaska Ironkids triathlon, more than hundreds of kids and families filled the shoreline of the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Cebu last August 5, 2017. After months of intense preparation, the young triathletes raced their heart out and proved what they were made of.
Ironkids 2017 hosted athletes as young as 6 years old, to veteran 14-year old participants – each with their respective race categories. Familiar champions were there to defend their thrones, together with comeback kids who were on their way to making names for themselves.
Some of the highlights include Tara Borlain taking first place at the Girls’ 13-14 category. Borlain finished the course with an impressive time of 41:33.37, that’s nearly four minutes ahead of her next trailing racer. The win gives Borlain her third consecutive Ironkids title.
Another young athlete who made waves was 9-year old Beboy Dolen of Cebu, who bested the entire Boys’ 9-10 category. This year marked as Dolen’s Ironkids debut as he drew strength and inspiration after watching several other kids train out in the open water. To add to his impressive stint, the Cebuano was also declared as the fastest runner overall. Dolen finished the 7.7km course in just 24:28.
At the Girls’ 11-12 division, competition started to rise as Moira Erediano and Sophia Belican going neck-and-neck towards the finish line. Both racers stayed close during the swim and bike legs with identical race times. When it came to the foot battle, it was Erediano pulling away with a 6-second lead over Belican.
Ultimately, Ironkids was a success. For kids just falling in love with the endurance sport, this is the perfect way to meet a welcoming community of fellow athletes and coaches willing to help. And for veteran champions, it’s a stepping-stone towards reaching greater heights and bigger accomplishments.
For more race results and information, visit: http://ironkidsphil.com