13-year-old first-timers steal show in 2018 Ironkids

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 02, 2018 11:49 AM
13-year-old first-timers steal show in 2018 Ironkids
Both boys winner ZJ Borja (in photo) and girls winner Sam Corpuz will be back next year to defend their crown

SUBIC, ZAMBALES – There was no stopping both ZJ Borja and Sam Corpuz from getting the top spots in the 2018 Alaska Ironkids.

Not even the fact that it was their first time competing in the ultimate age group of the event.

Borja set the pace for much of the boys’ race for a time of 16:39.81 while Corpuz got the lead late in the swimming portion of the girls’ race for a time of 17:23.39 as both placed first in their respective contests on Saturday morning at the WOW Recreation and Activity Center here.

Borja had been on several podiums in previous Ironkids, but this was his first time competing in the 13-14 race. “Nag-start po ako sumali nung nine ako so nakakarami na rin po ako,” he told reporters.

His experience proved to be a big boost as he spent the early part of the race at the second spot before willing his way ahead of the pack. “Sa swim, second po ako then may isang lap na may naunahan po ako. Sa run naman, tiniis ko na lang po yung sakit,” he said.

Just 13-years-old, the San Pedro, Laguna native hopes he would be able to repeat the feat next year. As he put it, “I wish po. I will keep on going po para ma-defend ko po ito next year,” he said.

Corpuz, herself a 13-year-old, could only share the same sentiment. “Pagbubutihan ko pa po lalo,” she said.

The pride of San Fernando, La Union took some time to get going, but finally grabbed the lead in the girls’ race near the end of the swimming portion. “Humabol na lang po ako,” she said.

She even caught up with some boys who had a two-minute headstart on her. “Nakakapagod po, pero nakaka-enjoy,” she expressed.

In fact, Corpuz finished third overall in the 13-14 age group – just behind boys winner Borja and boys runner-up Ronel Cruz (16:52.81) and 32.98 seconds ahead of boys third-placer Clifford Pusing (17:56.37).

Ranking second and third, respectively, in the girls race are Honny Yanong (18:08.88) and Katrina Salazar (18:15.94).

In the 11-12 age group for boys, Rob Balderas was first at 14:09.35, Juan Miguel Tayag was second at 14:31.21, and Jose Maria Tayag was third at 15:22.53. Bannering the 11-12 girls winners were then Aubrey Tom (14:50.61), Kira Ellis (15:18.24), and Princess Patilan (15:57.76).

In the 9-10 race, the boys top three were Darell Bada (10:59.97), Raphael Lao (11:33.06), and Gabriel Villanueva (11:33.60) while the girls top three were Patricia Liberato (11:06.67), Alyssa Cabatian (11:06.77), and Maria Francesca Barretto (11:34.38).

And in the 6-8 competition, Rafael Ubiadas (8:38.09), Kaden Sy (8:57.75), and Charles Andallo (9:01.66) made up the boys’ podium while Mikayla Salada (8:33.38), Sinagtala Cuevas (8:44.75), and Sophia Relf (9:45.29) made up the girls’ podium.

The Ironkids is an aquathlon for boys and girls aged six to 14. The 2018 edition of the event is part of the historic Century Tuna Ironman Philippines – the first-ever full-distance Ironman in the country.


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