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All eyes on youngsters as IRONKIDS unfolds

YOUNG triathletes get their racing kits at the registration booth as the IRONKIDS Philippines gets underway at the Ramon V. Mitra Sports Complex in Puerto Princesa City. | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF IRONMAN

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY — The future of local triathlon take their turn to showcase their wares ahead of the elite pack of international triathletes as they dispute top honors in the IRONKIDS Philippines on Saturday at the Ramon V. Mitra Sports Complex here.

A total of 125 kids clash in the swim and run event, which ushers in the centerpiece IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Princesa on Sunday, with four individual titles up for grabs in what promises to be a competitive and at the same time fun event among youngsters aged 6-15.

The 6-8 years title will be contested over the 100-meter-swim and 1-kilometer-run distance, the 9-10 crown over 150-meter swim and 1.5-km run, the 11-12 over 200-meter swim and 1.5-kilometer run while the 13-15 trophy will be disputed over 250-meter swim and 2-kilometer run.

Also up for grabs in the event are the relay trophies, including the mixed team for 11-15 years old over 200-meter swim and 1.5-km run and the mixed team for 6-10 over 100-meter swim and 1-km run.

The swim start for 13-15 will fire off at 6 a.m., while those in the 11-12 age group and the relay 11-15 category are set at 6:20 a.m. Those in the 9-10 and 6-8, along with relay 6-10) classes will start at 6:40 a.m. and 7 a.m., respectively.

Through the years, the IRONKIDS has provided the steady flow of triathlon talents while contributing to the growth of the sport. It also helps develop values like discipline, sportsmanship and respect for others and at the same time it encourages the youngsters to live an active lifestyle.

The Princesa Run, a 5K fun run event, kicked off the IRONMAN 70.3 weekend on Friday.

Meanwhile, John Alcala is coming into his defense of the IM 70.3 crown in high spirits, armed with the progress of his buildup and a purpose to excel again in the premier 1.9-km swim, 90-km bike and 21.1-km run race.

While he looks forward to scoring back-to-back romp after a surprise win in the event’s inaugurals last year, the Dipolog City ace also expressed guarded optimism given the depth of the competing field, including a slew of foreign bidders from 38 other countries.


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