Young Triathletes Pursue Gold at Foremost IronKids Race

6 and under - IronKids at Thanyapura Phuket Health & Sports Resort

6 and under – IronKids at Thanyapura Phuket Health & Sports Resort

Senior - IronKids at Thanyapura Phuket Health & Sports Resort

Senior – IronKids at Thanyapura Phuket Health & Sports Resort

PHUKET, THAILAND – Children from all over Asia, from future champions to local athletes, competed in the Foremost Ironkids Race on November 26, 2016. The challenging test of speed includes swimming, cycling, and running over different distances for individual and relay teams.

IronKids is a fast-growing youth sports movement, held around the world for children ages 4 to 15.  The program nurtures the young generation’s love of sports and gives them the opportunity to explore the community.  The Phuket kids’ race returns to Thanyapura and continues to boost the property’s reputation as a destination for sporting excellence among professional and aspiring athletes.

A total of 130 contenders participated in the race, including individual racers and children in relay teams.  While most kids competed for recreation and fun, many bolstered their triathlon records in being champions.

The distances of the Ironkids competition varies across four age categories:

  • Tri-tot (ages 4-6): 25m swim, 1km bike, 400m run
  • Junior (ages 7-9): 100m swim, 3km bike, 600m run
  • Intermediate (ages 10-12): 200m swim, 5km bike, 1.5km run
  • Senior (ages 13-15): 300m swim, 10km bike, 2.5km run

The top three male and female winners of each age group are awarded trophies and medals while the top relay teams are given a trophy to each participant.  All children who finish the race will earn a medal and shirt.

Winners of the Foremost IronKids Triathlon met reigning IRONMAN 70.3 champions (Tim Reed, Tim Van Berkel, Dimity-Lee duke, Amelia Watkinson, and August Benedicto) for inspiration and guidance in pursuing careers as professional athletes.

Swimming - IronKids at Thanyapura Phuket Health & Sports Resort

Swimming – IronKids at Thanyapura Phuket Health & Sports Resort

The triathlon is organized with the support of Foremost and Born Free to Run.  Foremost contributed premium quality milk to nourish young competitors’ bodies throughout the competition.  Born Free to Run offers free training for local children who strive to be future athletes – providing underprivileged families access to Thanyapura’s world-class facilities and coaches.

“[Winning] feels very, very good.  I’m looking forward to coming back next year, for sure.  I’ll go to a few [races] coming up in a month in the UAE.  The training in Thailand is very good, it couldn’t have happened without my coach,” said Alexcos Cristalai, Phuket resident and first-place finisher in the 13-15 years’ category.

Finish Line - IronKids at Thanyapura Phuket Health & Sports Resort

Finish Line – IronKids at Thanyapura Phuket Health & Sports Resort

Thanyapura, the home of upcoming triathletes, offers a unique concept with sporting events and training camps for all athletes.  Facilities feature the 50m and 25m swimming pools, quiet road for cyclists, and the Athletic Track. Thanyapura is a sport, fitness, health and educational haven.  There is the high-quality sports hotel, award-winning organic restaurants, a mind centre, specialised and holistic medical centre, and an international school.  Thanyapura Health & Wellness is the hub of innovative medical facilities and services, such as yoga, spa, mind training, physiotherapy, weight loss, and much more. In January 2017, The 37-room Garden Wing launches a new concept, welcoming guests with holistic offerings of leading a healthy lifestyle and a balanced mind.

Results for the top finishers in each age group:

NameRankGenderFinish TimeAge Group
Haas Ryffel1M09:23.06 and under
Hunter Parker2M10:12.06 and under
Miralin Chakrabandhu3F10:57.06 and under
Max Pinfold1M15:13.07 to 9 years
Tess Greaton2F15:45.07 to 9 years
Sra Limsawaddiwong3M16:05.07 to 9 years
Tamino Lokenberg1M24:20.010 to 12 years
Charlie Bear Volavka2M26:16.010 to 12 years
Orakanya Thanthranon3F26:49.010 to 12 years
Alexcos Cristalai1M36:35.013 to 15 years
Thammasat Samerwong2M39:21.013 to 15 years
Kittithat Wimonsuk 3M41:26.013 to 15 years
Team HEAMMARAT - THANATAS - NITIPONG115:06.0Junior Relay
Team PEERADA - PUTITA - WIRANCHANA317:37.0Junior Relay
Team KINGKARN-PANALEE-PATCHARAPORN124:12.0Intermediate Relay
Team KANTICHA - WEERAPAT - CHUTIMA227:34.0Intermediate Relay
Team GRACE-CHRIS330:49.0Intermediate Relay
Team CHINNAKORN - DONLAWAT - KIRANA139:10.0Senior Relay
Team MICHAEL - ANDREY - LYOVA257:00.0Senior Relay
218:12.0Tri-Tot Relay


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Ms. Kulchada Soubsa-ard
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Tel: +66 (0) 76 336 000 Ext. 5064

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