Two hundred children join Alaska Ironkids


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LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu – Close to two hundred children, aged six to 14 years old, along with their families and friends, have converged on this islands paradise of Cebu, the number one tourist destination in the country, to join the Alaska Ironkids Philippines which will be held at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 3. Alaska Ironkids Philippines has come into its own with participants not just from all over the country but from all over the world eagerly joining the race which has become a worthy companion event of the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines.

Already in its fifth year the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 is the most popular Ironman 70.3 race in this part of the world with 2,150 participants from 35 countries across six continents. All slots for the race were sold out four days after they were offered to the public and 638 more are on the waiting list.

The Alaska Ironkids Philippines is the local version of the international Ironkids triathlon series which aims to promote health among the young through proper nutrition and an active lifestyle. The Alaska Ironkids Philippines has become an avenue for children to pursue their dreams and aspirations to become outstanding athletes and in the process develop positive values and adopt a healthy and active lifestyle.

Two-time Ironman world champion Chris McCormack’s daughters Siena Lily and Tahlia Jane McCormack will participate in the Ironkids. Siena Lily will race in the 6 to 8 year old category. Tahlia Jane races in the 9 to10 year old category against local favorite Tara Borlain who has never lost an Alaska Ironkids triathlon or duathlon event she has participated in.

Another celebrity is professional basketball player Danny Ildefonso’s daughter Sophia, a cancer survivor, who joins the IronKids 9 to 10 year old category. From a weekend fun run for children the Alaska Ironkids Philippines has grown to a national sporting event that is a key training ground for the country’s aspiring athletes.

More than just competition Alaska Ironkids Philippines offers an opportunity for families to spend quality time together. It has also created a community of children whose members aspire to become the best they can be both physically, emotionally and mentally.