Subic Bay Freeport - The Alaska IronKids Triathlon provided the fitting run-up to the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 as kids aged 6-to-14 slugged it out in their own version of the event—the Alaska IronKids Triathlon Saturday in Subic Bay.
14-year-old phenom Juan Baniqued has established himself as one of the Philippines' future stars in triathlon, taking care of business at the Remy field here after winning the Alaska Ironkids race, his second straight in the 13-14 age category for boys.
In the Girls 13-14 category Karen Manayon dominated the field, finishing the three-part race in 48 minutes and 27 seconds, more than a full three-minute advantage from her next competition.
In other results, Moira Frances Erediano topped the Girls 11-12 category after finishing the course in 34 minutes and 50 seconds. Alison Noble and Natzsa Lozada came in second and third respectively.
For the Boys 11-12, Zedrick James Borja won first after crossing the finish line in 33 minutes and 18 seconds, beating out Glendwyn Mariscotes and Daniel Nazarro.
Kirra Ellis won the Girls 9-10 and Michael Gabriel Lozada won the same age group in the Boys division. Over at the Girls 6-8, Kyle Enialle Toledana finished first while Gabriel Gaw won the Boys 6-8.
The Alaska Ironkids-Subic serves as the kickoff of a three-stage circuit, that includes two aquathlon on April 9 at the Manila Polo Club and June 3, also in Subic, and which culminates in the Alaska IronKids Triathlon in Mactan, Cebu in August.
All category winners are given free entry to the Cebu IronKids with free flights and accommodations, all courtesy of Alaska.
Produced and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc. and sponsored by Alaska Milk Corp., the Alaska IronKids is the junior version of the Ironman. It is also held to promote a well-balanced lifestyle for kids and at the same time serving as a perfect venue for family bonding.
Also on tap was the Century Tuna Superbods: The Underpants Run, providing the sizzler of an appetizer to the much-awaited Ironman 70.3 tomorrow (Sunday).
The side-event features the country’s Superbods finalists, running alongside the fancied names of the sport. It started 9:30 a.m. at the Subic Yacht Club and pass through a scenic route along the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
Inspired by the tradition at Kona, home of the renowned Ironman World Championship, Century Tuna is staging Superbods Underpants Run for the third straight year. It is also open to all participants of this year’s Ironman 70.3 as part of Century Tuna’s commitment to promote a fun local tradition that also gives back to the community.
Meanwhile, the Century Tuna Iron 70.3 Subic Bay, presented by Century Bangus, Department of Tourism and Tourism Promotions Board and organized and produced by Sunrise Events, Inc., will feature a stellar field, led by defending champions Craig Alexander of Australia and Swiss Caroline Steffen.
The premier triathlon event is also sponsored by 2Go Express (official courier and logistics partner), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (venue partner), Acea Subic Bay (host hotel), Manila North Tollways Corp. (bike course partner), Gatorade (official sports drink), Saucony (official footwear and apparel partner) and TYR (official swim cap partner).
It is also backed by media partners The Philippine Star, Hyper HD on Cignal, TriLife, Asiatri.com and Finisher Pix and supported by Alaska, David’s Salon, GU Energy Gels, Intercare, Prudential Guarantee, Premier Water and Santé Barley and backed by marketing sponsors AlcoPlus, Cetaphil, Daylong, Devant, Froehlich Tours, Inc., Goldilocks, Omega Pro Pain Killer, PLDT Subictel, Regent Foods, Sanicare and Storck.
Participants dash as they heed the starting horn during the Century Tuna Superbods: The Underpants Run, a prelude activity for the two-day fun and action-filled Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 in Subic Bay Freeport zone. (AMD/MPD-SBMA)