PILI, Camarines Sur – To widen the local extreme sports base, add more spice and set the proper mood and setting for the staging of the second edition of Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Aug. 22, 2010, the younger ones will have a triathlon encounter all for themselves the day before through the Alaska Milk Ironkids triathlon fun race that is open to children 8 to 14 years old.
The Ironkids fun race was added principally to boost local sports tourism by attracting foreign triathletes not only to participate in the in triathlons here but also to bring their families to explore and experience the many beautiful attractions the province has to offer and make their stay in the province more memorable.
The scaled-down Ironkids will include the 6 to 8 year old group who will compete a 100-meter swim, a three-kilometer bike ride and a one- kilometer run; the 9 to 10 years old with a 200-meter swim, six-kilometer bike ride and 1.5-kilometer run; the 11 to 12 years old with a 300 -swim, 10-kilometer bike ride and two-kilometer run; and the 13 to 14 years old will have a 400-meter swim, 12-kilometer bike ride and three-kilometer run.
Major sponsor Alaska Milk Corp. announced that a total 149 young boys and girls have registered to join the Ironkids events as of press time.
Just like in the regular Ironman 70.3, which combines 1.2-miles of swimming, 56-miles of biking and 13.1-miles of running, the Ironkids will be provided with race kits that will contain, among others, a disposable pre-programmed timing chip to be attached to the participant’s shoelace that will ensure instant and accurate results, a race bib with the race number to be attached to the shirt, and a race map outlining the route that will be reviewed and discussed shortly before the race.
A collaborative effort of Camarines Sur Governor LRay Villafuerte, Wilfred Steven Uytengsu Jr. of Alaska Milk, Hubert Tan of Asia Brewery and the Ironman 70.3 Philippines, which is the Asian segment of the world triathlon championships series, the race is slated at the Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC) for three consecutive years since last year. Starting this year, it will include the Ironkids as part of the province’s drive to transform CamSur into an international extreme sports center. – GBClaveria