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DAVAO—Kids take the spotlight ahead of the pros as they vie in the Alaska Fortified IronKids with a huge field participating in the event on Saturday, a day before Ironman 70.3 Davao presented by Petron gets going at Azuela Cove here.

Unlike in its past stagings, however, this marks the first time that IronKids will be disputed via the swim-run competition as organizers decided to drop the bike stage from the previous junior version of triathlon to lure more kids in the 6-to-14 age bracket.

Ushering in race weekend were the Iron Girl 5k fun run and the Alaska Family Run on Friday, where over a thousand participants taking part in both events. Alaska’s Tri-Aspire athletes led by pros Tim Reed and August Benedicto led the family run where Alaska packs were also given to Vicente Hizon Elementary School.