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Perfect race weather as more than 100 take part in Foremost IRONKIDS Thailand 2017

25 Nov 2017

PHUKET, Thailand – Over 100 young athletes were greeted with perfect race weather at Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort in Phuket on Saturday 25th November, 2017, as they competed in the second edition of the Foremost IRONKIDS Thailand.

A total of 140 children took part in the event, which was broken into four age categories; 6-8 years old, 9-10 years old, 11-12 years old and 13-14 years old. The were also two age groups competing in the relay category of the race; 6-10 and 11-14 years old.

“It’s been great to see so many youngsters join in our second Foremost IRONKIDS Thailand event in Phuket. Looking at the smiles on everyone’s faces, they all had a great time. The junior event is an excellent way to encourage youngsters to get outside and live a healthy lifestyle, and who knows, perhaps we’ll see some grow up to become IRONMAN competitors in the future,” commented Mr. Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, President of Sunrise Events Inc. and rights holder for IRONMAN in South East Asia.

Racing got underway at 8:20am with the 13-14 age group. The race began with a 400-metre swim in Thanyapura’s Olympic-sized pool before athletes took to their bikes and endured a 12-kilometre bike ride through the surrounding areas. The final stage of the race was a three-kilometre run also around the surrounding area and finishing back at Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort.

It was 14-year-old Randall Liew from Malaysia who took first place in the 13-14 age category finishing in a time of 44:07 and improving on his second place finish the first edition of the race held last year.

Lieu was followed over the line by Max Burford in second with a time of 50:14, and Amata Kanpai in third at 55:45.

Next to take to the pool was the 11-12 age group, which saw 26 athletes compete, and whose stages were a 300-metre swim, nine-kilometre bike ride and two-kilometre run.

First to cross the line in his age group was Tamino Lokenberg with a time of 32:45, he was followed by Charlie Bear Volaka (34:23) in second and Ati Krophum came in third at 35:57. First female in the 11-12 age group was Orakanya Thantharnon at 36:57, some nine minutes ahead of the second placed female Wasita Areewatananon (45:07) with Wariya Turongkinanon (46:43) rounding out the top three.
In the 9-10 age group, which had 41 competitors taking on a 200-metre swim, six-kilometre ride and one and a half kilometer run, it was female athletes who took first and second places with Chayanit Dasri and Tess Evelyn Greaton finishing in 26:25 and 26:34 respectively, and the first male athlete, Max Pinfold, came in third at 27:34.

The 6-8 age category saw the largest number of athletes with 44 participants taking on the 100 metre swim, three-kilometre bike ride and one-kilometre run triathlon. Guillaume Haas Ryffel took first place honours finishing with a time of 16:10, Koran Chaichamroophan came in second at 17:35 and Marco Rauline and the first female athlete Khanticha Srikwan both crossed the line with a time of 18:06.

Dr. Olarn Chowiwattana, Corporate Affairs Director of FrieslandCampina (Thailand) PCL., says, “Foremost has continued supporting ‘Foremost IRONKIDS Thailand’ for two consecutive years. It is under the ‘Drink.Move.BeStrong’ campaign. With not only an aim to promote good health by drinking milk among children, Foremost also commits to encourage an active lifestyle among Thai youths and open up an opportunity for them to test the limits of their physical and mental stamina. We are proud to see the junior triathletes’ effort and the will to cross the finishing line as it is not easy to conquer the triathlon. We hope that they would use these experiences which challenged their athletic capabilities to push themselves forward to be the professional triathletes in the future. We also believe that today’s enjoyment, spirit, and effort will definitely inspire other children to start to Drink Move and Be Strong by exercising and playing sports.”

In the team relay categories, it was Team Wimuttisuk, Kaminthong and Pumsunt who finished first in the 6-10 year relay race, finishing in a time of 16:22. This was just 31 seconds ahead of second placed Team Apichanapong, Apichanapong and Sri (16:53), 34 seconds ahead of third placed Team Pintusou, Golyanitskiy and Gordzie (15:56).

Only two teams competed in the 11-14 year Relay and it was Team Nakkleng, Waree and Hapol who topped the podium in 33:39, with Team Nakkleng, Wajasat and Phonsongkram finishing in 37:53.

While aiming to perform their best, all participants made the most of a fun and enjoyable morning and the crowds cheered them on as all sprinted to finish line.

Top three results in each category:

Individual Boys 6-8yrs            
100m swim/ 3km bike/ 1km run        
1) Guillaume Haas Ryffel            
2) Korawin Chaichamroonphan        
3) Marco Rauline                

Individual Girls 6-8yrs
100m swim/ 3km bike/ 1km run
1) Khanticha Srikwan
2) Avie Phakvalan Hassadeevichit
3) Tess Prakitritanon

Individual Boys 9-10yrs            
200m swim/ 5.2km bike/ 1.5km run        
1) Max Pinfold                    
2) Sra Limsawaddiwong            
3) Matteo Rauline                

Individual Girls 9-10yrs
200m swim/ 5.2km bike/ 1.5km run
1) Chayanit Dasri
2) Tess Evelyn Greaton
3) Tegan Sweeney

Individual Boys 11-12yrs            
300m swim/ 7.7km bike/ 2km run        
1) Tamino Lokenberg                
2) Charlie Bear Volavka             
3) Ati Korphum                 

Individual Girls 11-12yrs
300m swim/ 7.7km bike/ 2km run
1) Orakanya Thantharnon
2) Wasita Areewatananon
3) Wariya Turongkinanon

Individual Boys 13-14yrs
400m swim/ 10km bike/ 3km run
1) Randal Liew
2) Max Burford
3) Amata Kanpai

Team Relay 6-10yrs
100m swim/ 3km bike/ 1km run
1) Team Wimuttisuk, Kaminthong, Pumsuntear
2) Team Apichanapong, Apichanapong, Srikwan
3) Team Pintusou, Golyanitskiy, Gordzievski

Team Relay 11-14yrs
300m swim/ 9.6km bike/ 3km run
1) Team Nakkleng, Waree, Hapol
2) Team Nakkleng, Wajasat, Phonsongkram

The Foremost IRONKDS Thailand is part of a triathlon weekend in Phuket which finishes tomorrow with the Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand (1.9km swim, 90km bike, 21km run) and Sunrise Sprint (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run) at Angsana Laguna Phuket. Organised by Sunrise Events (Thailand), the Title Sponsor is Foremost with Major Sponsors FBT and Fox Sports, and support from the Sports Authority of Thailand and the Province of Phuket. Event Partners include Angsana Laguna Phuket, Bangkok Airways, Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, Gatorade, Pepsi, Aquafina, Bollox, UFC, Cetaphil, Zoot and Kitbrix. Media Partners include Mthai, Phuket Cable, The Phuket News, Phuket Bulletin, AsiaTri and FinisherPix.

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About Sunrise Events, Inc.
Sunrise Events Inc was established in 2008 by Wilfred Steven Uytengsu after it was granted the IRONMAN 70.3 license by World Triathlon Corporation. The vision of the company is to stage world class events and put Asia on the sports tourism map of the world. SEI currently stages at least 13 events per year and has the exclusive rights to the IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon, 5150 triathlon, XTERRA and IRONKIDS events. The company has received multiple awards in the Philippines and in Asia for excellence in race organisation and sports tourism. It’s centerpiece event, the Ironman 70.3 held in Cebu is known to the Crown Jewel of Asia in the IRONMAN world.

About FrieslandCampina (Thailand) PCL
FrieslandCampina (Thailand) is the leading quality brand in the dairy foods industry. It has served Thai consumers as a highly trusted brand for more than 60 years under brand “Foremost”. FrieslandCampina (Thailand) is committed to providing Thai consumers with quality dairy nutrition solutions. To achieve this mission, the company has an advanced examination system in place. Manned by highly qualified and skilled technicians, its quality management facilities include quality control and quality assurance that meet international standards. Leading quality management systems including Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCPs), ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 22000:2005 are applied to the company’s management process.

A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150TM Triathlon Series, the Rock n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon Majors Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s cast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 200 events across 50 countries. For more information, visit