Ayala Westgrove Heights hosts Kiddie Triathlon

August 18, 2008

With a cool breeze blowing and the sun shining brightly, it was a perfect day for the Ayala Westgrove Heights Kiddie Triathlon held at the Kidsgrove Clubhouse.

Open to children ages fifteen and below, the triathlon welcomed athletes from Ayala Westgrove Heights, neighboring areas in Laguna, and even participants from as far as Makati, Quezon City and Antipolo. The swimming competition jumpstarted the race, followed by the biking and running competitions – with the distances varying according to the age group.

The Ayala Westgrove Heights Kiddie Triathlon began as a means for Team Westgrove to share their love of the sport. A group of fifteen young athletes composed of Ayala Westgrove Heights residents, students, friends from St. Scholastica’s College-Westgrove and neighboring schools, Team Westgrove was a constant participant in triathlon events since 2001.

The group eventually decided to make this exciting sport a regular activity in the Ayala Westgrove Heights Community. “The triathlon is a good sport for friendly and healthy competition, and I’ve seen first-hand how it helped in building the children’s character,” said Joel Santos, one of triathlon organizers. “That was why, when we heard that the races will be discontinued, we approached Pol Tanco, Project Manager of Ayala Westgrove Heights and asked for their help in making the kiddie triathlon a regular event in the village.”

“Ayala Land Premier and the Ayala Westgrove Heights homeowners’ association have been very supportive of the kiddie triathlon; so far we’ve had two events last year, while this is the second race for 2006,” added Santos.

The Ayala Westgrove Heights Kiddie Triathlon was a fun event not only for the kids, but for the adults as well. “We want the event to be a fun, family affair,” said Santos. “We have parents cheering on their kids, as well older children volunteering as race marshals.” This last event proved to be such a hit, with eighty-four young athletes joining. “We even had a three-year-old participant who finished his distance, it was pretty exciting,” said Santos.

All participants received medals, a specially designed Finisher’s t-shirt[ALI1]  and loot bags given as they cross the finish line.  “We’ve done away with the traditional first, second and third place awarding, because we wanted to emphasize that each finisher is a winner,” shared Santos. “Our goal is to help all participants strive to do their best and improve their performance every year.”

Even this early, Santos and his co-organizers are already planning next year’s triathlon events. “We do hope to continue seeing new faces, get more people involved in organizing the event,” said Santos. “The best time to develop the athletes is when they’re young, so we do hope that their interest in the sport is sustained – and that our involvement in this event will help us live long, healthy, happy and simple lives.”

The picturesque Ayala Westgrove Heights community is also a perfect venue for the triathlon events, with its wide and safe roads, topnotch sports center amenities and breathtaking scenery. Located in Silang, Cavite, Ayala Westgrove Heights is a fully integrated and masterplanned community that promises a quiet suburban lifestyle while giving access to modern life’s conveniences. A development of Ayala Land Premier, this exclusive and innovative residential subdivision offers a natural beauty provided by its environmental attractions, and further enhanced by exciting amenities.

Source: Ayala Land Inc. Article Listing

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