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From Extreme Sports to Community Building:
The Inspiring Journey of a Triathlete
Turned Benefactor

A Cat A cyclist in Team Fitness First, conquering the triathlon circuit with determination and grit.

Navigating 250km of Antarctic ice, Renzie’s journey is an epic test of endurance and willpower.

In the world of extreme sports, where endurance, strength, and determination reign supreme, you’ll often find individuals who thrive on pushing their limits. Such was the life of Rienzi Del Rosario, a successful businessman and an aficionado of adrenaline-pumping challenges. He had conquered 250k runs in the icy expanse of Antarctica and mastered the grueling trials of a triathlon. Rienzi, known as a Cat A cyclist in Team Fitness First, was always at the forefront of the action. But as life evolved, so did his aspirations.

Rienzi found himself transitioning from an exhilarating world of extreme sports to a different kind of adventure—one that would become equally rewarding and impactful. This transformation was driven by a newfound role: that of a parent, specifically, the father of a young, promising triathlete.

As Rienzi’s son Sancho excelled in the realm of youth triathlons, Rienzi’s life began to revolve around supporting his son’s dreams. The track, pool, and biking trails became his second home, and he was there at every race, cheering with unbridled enthusiasm. Yet, in the process, he discovered another aspect of his role that would become an enduring passion.

SANCHO DEL ROSARIO:  Rising Triathlete

Just two months ago, Rienzi decided to share his love for physical fitness with the community at large, starting a humble initiative within his son’s school. This initiative was a simple walking group, initially comprised of just three parents. Rienzi, together with a friend and fellow triathlete, a co-parent in the same school, founded the group with the primary goal of promoting an active lifestyle among the parents.

The idea was straightforward: gather early in the morning after school drop-off and go for brisk walks, encouraging each other to stay committed to a healthy routine. What began with a mere three participants quickly grew, and within a short span of time, the walking group welcomed over 40 eager members. It was a testament to the power of community and a shared commitment to health and well-being.

The School Parent Walking Group

Occasional brunch for the parents’ walking group.

The benefits of this initiative extended far beyond the physical. While the parents experienced increased fitness and health, they also found something equally important—friendship and a sense of belonging. Walking side by side, sharing stories, laughter, and the occasional morning coffee or brunch, these parents formed bonds that transcended their fitness journey.

The “feel-good factor” was palpable. Positive energy radiated from the group, and the impact on their mental health was profound. As Rienzi reflected on this transformation, he saw how the simple act of walking had brought his community closer together. It was more than just exercise; it was an expression of unity and support.

At the peak of Mount Batulao, Batangas.

And Rienzi didn’t stop at walking. He made the parent walking group even more exciting by organizing a mountain hike in Mt. Batulao, where the parent participants had much fun and an exhilarating experience. The hike was a roaring success, and it cemented the bonds within the group, creating lasting memories and fostering a sense of adventure and camaraderie.

During the ocular visit to the public school near Mt. Batulao and throughout the hike itself, Rienzi’s generous spirit shone brightly. He generously donated school items like books, volleyball balls, and other much-needed supplies to the school. His act of kindness extended beyond just the fitness group, showcasing his dedication to the local community and his passion for giving back.

In the end, Rienzi’s journey from extreme sports enthusiast to a community builder and benefactor is a testament to the power of sports to inspire and connect people. He has demonstrated that the path to personal fulfillment and mental well-being often includes a strong community that fosters relationships, camaraderie, and shared passions. This story reminds us that while the thrill of personal achievements is exhilarating, the joy of uplifting a community and supporting local schools is immeasurable.