Before Ironman 70.3, Ironkids race slated

WORLD CLASS ATHLETES - The CamSur Tri Team organized by Governor LRay Villafuerte is making deep inroads and leaving lasting marks in international multi-sports competitions like in the last Tri King Long Distance Marathon participated in by over 200 elite triathletes from all over the world. The small five-member team of the CamSur Tri Team managed to snare four major prizes in two categories. In photo are team members that made the triumphant excursion to the Matabungkay Beach Resort in Lian, Batangas: (left to right) Team manager Dr. Lucita L. Año; Philip Atento (first place, 30-39 years age group); Benjamin Raña, Jr. (first place, 18-29); Mark Anthony Hosana (second place, 18-29); Joel Javier (fifth place, 30-39); and Coach Virgilio Señar. Not in photo is Cris Dimaano (third place, 18-29) - LUCITA AÑO

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

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