Baguio City's athletes made waves at the recent National Age Group Triathlon, held on January 27 and 28 in Subic. Among the standout performers were the Ramos siblings, Arrow, Dash, and Josh, who brought pride and glory to their hometown with their exceptional performances.
Arrow Ramos: A Rising Star
Leading the charge was 14-year-old Arrow Ramos of Small World Christian School Foundation (SWCSF). Competing in the 15 and below category, Arrow displayed a dominant performance, setting the tone for Baguio's success in the competition. His remarkable talent and dedication to the sport have positioned him as a rising star in the triathlon world. With aspirations to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games in Senegal Africa in 2025, Arrow's future in the sport looks promising.
Dash Ramos: Elite Performance
Not to be outdone, 17-year-old Dash Ramos, also from SWCSF, showcased his elite status in the junior category. Fresh from intensive training in Portugal, Dash proved himself as the top-ranked junior elite in the country. His outstanding finish in the sprint course, completing the 750m swim, 20km bike, and 5km run in under an hour, solidified his position as a force to be reckoned with in the triathlon circuit.
Josh Ramos: A Triathlon Contender
Completing the trio of talented siblings is Josh Ramos, who also demonstrated his prowess in the competition. Competing alongside Arrow and Dash, Josh's performance in the men's elite category showcased his skill and determination. Despite facing stiff competition, Josh held his ground and secured a respectable third-place finish. His dedication to the sport, coupled with the support of his siblings, highlights the strong bond and camaraderie within the Ramos family.
Baguio's Triathlon Contenders
Alongside the Ramos siblings, Baguio City boasted a strong contingent of triathletes who made their mark in various age groups. These athletes showcased their talent and determination, securing top spots in their respective categories.
- Stanley Ng: Baguio hotelier Stanley Ng displayed his prowess by securing the top spot in the age group 40-44, as he prepares for Ironman Subic in June.
George Alcido: George Alcido's skills and determination earned him the first-place position in the 20-24 age group, highlighting his exceptional performance on the course.
Angelo Quitlong: Angelo Quitlong demonstrated his potential as a young triathlete with a third-place finish in the 16-19 age group, impressing with his determination and skill.
Ava Banal: Ava Banal showcased her talent and determination at a young age, securing the third spot in the 12 and below category, reflecting her promising future in the sport.
Dhana Lomboy: Dhana Lomboy's commendable second-place finish in the 6-19 age group highlighted her promise and potential for future success, underscoring her dedication to the sport.
Baguio Benguet triathletes also made significant contributions to the city's success in the Subic course.
- Miguel Sison, Maynard Pecson, Daniel Nazarro, Zak Gumaya, Athena Gumaya, Oney Banal, TJ Rabena, and Chicho Rabena: These athletes from Baguio Benguet finished strong in the competition, showcasing their talent and determination on the Subic course, further reinforcing the region's prominence in the national triathlon scene.
With their impressive performances in the National Age Group Triathlon, Baguio's athletes are now setting their sights on future competitions. The Ramos siblings, along with their fellow triathletes, are gearing up for upcoming events such as the Asian Cup in Malaysia and the Asian Elite Championships in Japan. Under the guidance of national team coach Lou Ann Ramos and Kona-bound World Championship Jet Ramos, the Baguio Benguet Triathlon team is poised for further success in the coming months.
Baguio City's athletes have once again proven their mettle on the national stage, bringing honor and recognition to their hometown. With the Ramos siblings leading the way, and a strong supporting cast of triathletes, the future of triathlon in Baguio looks bright. As they continue to train and compete, these athletes serve as inspirations to aspiring triathletes across the country, showcasing the spirit of determination, perseverance, and excellence that defines Baguio's sporting community.