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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Kids in Action: Young Athletes Play Victorious in the Alaska Ironkids Aquathlon 2017

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Alaska is the leading milk brand which harness the youth to be an active and role model athletes of the future. Various physical events for the kids were already organized by this brand. And glad that yours truly Runner Rocky already witnessed and became part of it.

Two of Alaska's major events like the Alaska Jr. NBA and the Alaska World Milk Day Run were already covered before by yours truly. But this Sunday, I witnessed another Alaska's interesting event - the Alaska Ironkids Aquathlon.

Held its firs leg in the Manila Polo Club in McKinley Hills, Taguig City last April 9, 2017, the Alaska Ironkids Aquathlon Series is just one of the athletic competitions organized by Alaska to encourage kids as young as six years old to lead active and healthy lifestyles. This year, four races will challenge Ironkids - two aquathlons and two triathlons.

Strength in Numbers
Alaska Ironkids showed strength and determination at the 1st leg of the Alaska IronKids Aquathlon held in Makati City.  230 veteran and first-time IronKids participated in the highly-anticipated aquathlon for kids. In the photo above are Alaska IronKids veteran Juan Francisco “Wacky” Baniqued taking 1st place in the boys 13-14 years old boys category, followed by Clifford Pusing in second, and Richard Anson Navo in third.  They are joined by Andy Aguila, Chairman Aquatics Committee and Edna Beduy, Sports & Athletics Manager of Alaska. The next leg of the Alaska IronKids  Aquathlon is slated this coming June at Subic. 


Alaska IronKids Aquathlon makes resounding splash.
230 young athletes made a splash at the 1st leg of the Alaska IronKids Aquathlon held in Makati City.  The fun yet challenging swim and run course tested participants’ mettle to complete the course and try to qualify for a podium win.  In the end, Alaska IronKids veteran Juan Francisco “Wacky” Baniqued bested the boys 13-14 years old boys category with Clifford Pusing placing second and Richard Anson Navo taking third.  Franz Emmanuel Joves stood out in the 13-14 years old girls category followed by Angelina Powell and Kristana Erica Derrada in third. The next leg of the Alaska IronKids  Aquathlon is slated this coming June at Subic. 

I got a chance to have a moment with the winners of the Alaska Ironkids. Check out our photos below:

Meet Katrina Salazar, the 1st Placer in the Alaska Ironkids Aquathlon Leg 1 Girl Division

Those Athletic and Energetic Little Kids who Reigned in the Competition

Alaska's Sports Development Program encourages parents to rear their kids as Nutrition Action Champions by choosing proper nutrition, an active lifestyle and character-building activities so that their children will develop essential life skills that can give them a competitive edge in life.

Glad that I met two of the daddies of the Ironkids who won and participated in the event. Our photos below:

The Father of One of the Ironkids who is Also an Athlete

A Half-Pinoy Half Foreign Father of One of the Ironkids Winners. He's also a Triathlete

Sports and competitive arenas like the Alaska Ironkids Aquathlon foster discipline, determination, hard work and teamwork among participants.

The Ironkids Aquathlon race course has been designed to be a fun yet challenging competition for kids. It has play, race and relay categories that perfectly meet the requirements of both first time and experienced participants.

Check out the the list below of the kids who ruled the game:





Alaska has been a strong supporter of sports and sports development programs particularly those that target the youth. Kudos Alaska for bringing the best to our future generation of athletes! We salute you!

And of course, congratulations to all the kids who won the competition and to all who finished the race! 04/12/2017 (Runner Rocky)


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