Run Out of Poverty and eight year-old Lozano head cast in Alaska Ironkids

YOUTHFUL runners coming team Run Out of Poverty and an eight year-old born with a bilateral clubfoot will head this year’s cast of entries when the much-anticipated first leg of the Alaska Ironkids reels off today 6 a.m. on and out and back course starting at the Azuela Cove in Lanang, this city.

ALASKA RUN OUT Young  and professional show their wares during the Alaska Run Out held yesterday starting from the Abreeza Mall going to the San Roque Elementary School. BING GONZALES

ALASKA RUN OUT
Young and professional show their wares during the Alaska Run Out held yesterday starting from the Abreeza Mall going to the San Roque Elementary School. BING GONZALES

The Run Out of Poverty which will be fielding 30 runners along with the eight year-old Arki Lozano of the Bukidnon Kids Triathlon team will be among the 300 entries this year to finish the swim, bike and run events.

Formed since last December of 2016, the Run Out of Poverty did prepared for this year’s Alaska Ironkids having at least 12 months training under Level I certified Ironman coach Stax Savellano and foreign mentor Tony Benson, a Gintong Alay track and field gold medalist. They trained regularly at the Ma-a Elementary School grounds and at the Barangay Langub dirt tracks.

“We are training these young runners in order for them to have a scholarship when they get into college and furthermore don their school’s colors in future national and international competitions,” Savellano said adding that these runners are young students from Ma-a National High School and Barangay Langub National High.

Savellano also added that team Run Out of Poverty will only be joining the running event as they are yet to complete their training on the bike and swim events.

TEAM RUN OUT OF POVERTY Some members of team Run Out of Poverty along with coach Stax Savellano and mentor Tony Benson were joined by members of the local media during the Alveo Ironman 70.3 triathlon. (Photo by Ann Calixijan)

TEAM RUN OUT OF POVERTY
Some members of team Run Out of Poverty along with coach Stax Savellano and mentor Tony Benson were joined by members of the local media during the Alveo Ironman 70.3 triathlon. (Photo by Ann Calixijan)

Eight year-old Arki Lozano of team Bukidnon Kids Triathon team will also be a kid to watch and be an inspiration for others as he was born with a bilateral clubfoot which both his feet are twisted from the inside.

Nevertheless, to recover from his casting procedures, Arki’s parents Jose and Cyrille Ann Lozano enrolled him to a swimming lesson when he was four years-old and continued to complete until today. Despite his condition, the young Lozano bagged Most Outstanding Swimmer in the six year-old and under category in the Philippine Swimming League when he was five years-old.

He joined his first triathlon race in Butuan City last February 2018.

“We want him not to stop training in triathlon. Because we saw how this sport helped him a lot with this clubfeet. Not to win, but to be fit and to make more friends,” said the older Lozano.

Race proper will start at the 13-14 years-old gun start at 6 a.m. followed by the 11-12 years-old division at 6:40 a.m. and the 9-10 years-old category at 7:20 a.m. Relay events will kick off at 7 a.m.

After Davao City, the Alaska Ironkids will be heading to Manila on April 29 and Subic Bay on June 2 for the swim and run legs then on to the Cebu City on August 4 for the swim, bike and run.

 

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