Baetz is best in Alaska Ironkids


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LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu – Fil-German Arno Baetz, 13, flew to this islands paradise all the way from Hong Kong to rule the premier event of the Alaska Ironkids Philippines finishing first in the boys 13 to 14 years old category. Justin Liam Chiongbian, 14, of Cebu took second place. Brent Valelo, 13, of Caloocan finished third.

This is the second Ironkids victory for Baetz. He first won the Alaska Ironkids in Alabang a few months ago.

Shaia Ruth Uy, 13, of Dipolog City won the girls 13 to 14 years old category. Alexandra Leather, 13, of Makati took second place while Maria Margarita Delos Reyes, 13, of Quezon City won third place.

Bambam Manglicmot, 12, of Quezon City won the 11 to 12 years old category for boys. Craig Joshua Uy, 12, of Dipolog City was second while Nathan Nalo, 12, of Mabalacat took home third place.

Lauren Justine Plaza, 12, of Binan ruled the 11 to 12 years old category for girls. Nicole Daniella Eijansantos, 12, of Quezon City grabbed second place while Samantha Borlain, 11, of Manila took home third place.

Borlain was the first girl in her category to come out of the water. But riding a bike that was bought for her only a week ago she dropped to second in the bike part of the race before eventually finishing third.

Fred Uytengsu, President and CEO of Sunrise Events, Inc., race organizer, said competition was not the focus of Ironkids.
“This is all about participation and enjoying yourself. If we could give a prize for the child with the biggest smile then that would be first place. So kids, go out there and have a good time,” said Uytengsu before the start of the race.

The event was a resounding success with close to two hundred children, age six to 14 years old, along with their families and friends, converging on this islands paradise of Cebu, the number one tourist destination in the country. Tourists wanted to join or watch the Alaska Ironkids Philippines.
Meanwhile, pouring rain, accompanied by howling winds and the occasional lightning prompted the organizers, concerned about the safety and well-being of the participants, to cancel the second half of the Alaska Ironkids at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa yesterday, Saturday.

Affected were the boys and girls divisions for the 6 to 8 years old as well as the boys and girls division for the 9 to 10 years old.
They were part of the second wave of competitors who were scheduled to start their race at 9:45 a.m. The first wave of competitors – for 13 to 14 years old and 11 to 12 years old – were able to complete their race, which started at 6:30 a.m., without incident.