July 18, 2024

■  Ofelia C. Empian 

The first Baguio obstacle course race for kids dubbed “Sibol Kabataan” is set on July 27 at the Athletic Bowl Oval.

The obstacle course race or more popularly known as “ninja” race competition has five age categories: four to six years old, seven to nine years old, 10 to 12 years old, 13 to 14 years old, and 15 to 16 years old.

FUTURE OCR CHAMPS — Young obstacle course racing athletes and members of the Team Baguio OCR Kids conduct their continuous training at the Baguio Athletic Bowl oval while on their school break. The first Baguio obstacle course race dubbed “Sibol Kabataan” is set on July 27 at the area for kids ages 4 to 16 years old as organized by the team, which has an ongoing fund raising activity for the equipment and facilities of the future champions. — Contributed photo

For the four to six years old category, a parent or guardian will need to accompany the child throughout the course.

“This race is not just for Baguio citizens, it is open to all kids from other cities who are ready to test their skills and spirit in the refreshing and picturesque setting of Baguio City,” organizers said.

Organizers, Team Baguio OCR Kids, said each participant will receive a race shirt, and every finisher will earn a finisher’s medal “as a badge of honor for conquering the course.”

Exciting prizes await top three podium finishers, as well as raffle giveaways during the one-day event.

Registration fee is P1,500 per participant inclusive of a race shirt and race number. Payment will be via GCash at 0917-898-4297. Once paid, send a screenshot to the “Team Baguio OCR Kids” Facebook account, or to [email protected].

The Team Baguio OCR Kids is led by multi-awarded Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Sandi Abahan, who serves as the team’s coach and assisted by elite runner and coach Cielo Penaflor.

The team is also raising funds to build its own training facilities to help the team, composed of ages 4 to 16 years old, train for various OCR competitions.

Recently, team members Logan Limbo and Breeze Prudente qualified for the Spartan Kids World Championship in China this August.

“If you would like to help contribute to our athletes’ race expenses, or help us build training facilities here in Baguio, send us a message,” the team stated.