LAPU-LAPU CITY—Tara Borlain and Juan Francisco Baniqued have transformed into household figures synonymous to the Alaska IronKids.
After repeatedly winning their respective races in the past, Borlain and Baniqued will put their grit and perseverance to the test one last time in the Alaska IronKids on Saturday at Shangri-La Mactan.
Tara, who excels in every Alaska IronKids edition since she first joined the swim-bike-run event five years ago, is again top-billed to rule the race with Karen Andrea Manayon and Everly Jana Macalalad posing as the strongest challengers to the title.
As for Baniqued, the 14-year-old from Binan, Laguna will again be the triathlete to beat in the boys’ 13-14 category following his string of victories the past two years. This will be Baniqued’s last Ironkids as he turns 15 this December.
Challenging Baniqued for the plum in the 400m swim, 9km bike and 3km run test of endurance are Joe Bernard Sarmiento and Jose Manuel Arao.
Over 360 young triathletes, including 72 participants (24 teams) in the relays, will answer the starting gun for the Alaska IronKids that will start and end at the Shangri-La Mactan parking lot. Participants are categorized under four age groupings—6-8 years old, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14. Younger participants will play in the Category 1 (short) and Category 2 (long) races.
A day after these Alaska IronKids take centerstage, members of the Alaska Tri-Aspire team will race against the world’s toughest – with 52 countries represented, in the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines.
Composed of six of the world’s best professional triathletes—defending women’s champ Caroline Steffen of Switzerland, Australians Tim Reed, Sam Betten, Dimity Lee Duke, Tim Van Berkel and homegrown talent Augusto Benedicto—the Tri-Aspire will race together toward one great goal: winning.
As an annual tradition, Alaska Milk Corporation will again lead the Alaska Run Out on August 04, Friday at 6:00 in the morning. The 1.5KM run out will start from Shangri-La Mactan going to Mactan Elementary School to hold activities for the students such as Gatas for Breakfast milk sampling, Milk Toast ceremony, Milk Moustache, and distribution of gifts. Joining the Alaska Run Out are Coach Ani de Leon-Brown, Ironman pros – Tim Reed, Sam Betten, Dimity Lee-Duke, Caroline Steffen, Augusto Benedicto, and Brent McMahon among others.
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