Ironkids: Top triathletes of the future

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

DESPITE the continued pouring of rain, a number of children were still in high spirits running at the oval of the Cebu City Sports Complex (CCSC) yesterday. These are the students of John Philip Dueñas, the 2013 Ironman 70.3 Philippines Filipino elite third placer, who will join the 2014 Alaska Ironkids on Aug. 2 in Lapu-Lapu City.

“They train with me during weekends because they have no classes. My mission as a coach is to help develop the future of the sports that I love,” said Dueñas, who is the run and bike coach of the kids.

The Alaska Ironkids is the junior version of Ironman Philippines 70.3, giving the new breed of triathletes a venue to develop their skills in a high-level competition.


This year, according to the organizers, 180 children have signed up from local to young foreign triathletes all the way from Germany, Australia and the US.

The 11 to 12 years old, 13 to 14 years old, relay Category 2, and the long distance play categories are set with 300-meter swim, 9K bike and 2K run. The 6 to 8 years old, 9 to 10 years old, and Relay 1 categories will have 100-meter swim, 3K bike and 1K run route, while the short distance features the 50-meter swim, 3K bike and 1K run.

Cebu will be bannered by formidable triathletes including Ralph Eduard So, Issa Priagula, Aaliyah Mataragnon and Yuan Chiongbian in the 13-14 years old age group; and Nicole del Rosario, Russell So, Althea Mataragnon, and Jasmine Priagula in the 9-10 years old division.

Ironkids traffic

Meanwhile, the City Traffic Management System (CTMS) of Lapu-Lapu City has also released a traffic advisory for the commuters on Aug.2 for the rest of the 2014 Alaska Ironkids race.

The Angasil road, Kabisang Tasyo road up to Mangal Punta Engaño will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6 a.m to 10 a.m, and the road leading towards the race route will be closed to vehicular access during the duration of the event. From the main entrance of New Town Center (National Highway) up to corner Angasil junction to Angasil Access road will be closed during the staging of the event. The CTMS added that the motorist, hotel guests, and locals who are going to travel are advised to leave earlier before the event starts.

The race will start at 6:30 a.m and is expected to wrap up at 10 a.m.

Shangri-la access

Before the race, the participants of Ironkids together with Ironman champions Pete Jacobs, Caroline Steffen, and Alaska Tri-Aspire Team Coach Matt O’ Halloran will be leading Alaska Ironkids supports Gatas for Breakfast on Aug.1, where 1,500 students of Mactan Elementary School will engage in physical exercise and drink Alaska Milk.

Meanwhile, the host Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa announced that during the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines weekend, all in-house guests will be provided with a wristband to give them access the resort’s swimming pool and the beach.

The Ironman participants not staying in the resort may access the beach for swim practice only with per-arranged schedules, while their companions may enter the resort but will have no access to the beach and pool. (RSC)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 27, 2014.


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