By Kevin Estrada
One of the most anticipated youth sporting events has gone digital as Alaska Fortified Ironkids celebrate their first decade with a virtual running program amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
With the tagline “Keep Fit at Home”, the registration for the three-month program already began last August 10, and the virtual run schedule starts on August 15, covering all weekends until October 25.
It was a stark contrast to the past years of Ironkids in which it was one of the most anticipate grassroots triathlon events, until the pandemic brought everything into a halt.
“It’s time we bring Alaska Fortified IRONKIDS to new heights, and at the same time adapt our current situation right now,” said Sunrise Events General Manager Princess Galura.
“Having an all-digital run program means we are able to bring the race to more kids, ranging from 4 to 16 years old, either beginners or trained runners. This is a good opportunity for the kids to jump start their journey to a healthier lifestyle, even without going outside. For the existing IRONKIDS, it’s a good program to continue their development in the sport,” she added.
Apart from the running, Alaska Fortified Ironkids will also have its own online classes on training and fitness led by Filipina Ironwoman and race director Ani De Leon-Brown.
Leading Filipino Ironman August Benedicto will also share their expertise alongside Aussie champs Sam Betten and Dimity-Lee Duke, in which the PBA’s Aces will also feature in the panel in the sessions live on Facebook.
Catered to the youth, the said program will give them a chance to train at their own pace, as it enables them to be creative in any way possible, depending on the quarantine regulations. A leaderboard will be posted after every weekendand it gives them the chance to set their own records and keep tabs on their progress.
Follow the writer on Twitter: @kevinlestrada