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This summer we were proud to have had the opportunity to collaborate with the CMAK Foundation and provide a FREE Youth Triathlon Program called Race4Chase.In remembrance of Chase Kowalski, the students and educators of the Sandy Hook tragedy, Chases parents started the CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation. The Kowalski family wanted to capture Chase’s competitive spirit and vitality in creating a charity in his honor with a focus on health and wellness for children and their families.

The Race4Chase Kid’s Triathlon program is a youth triathlon program aimed to provide kids ages 6 to 12 with a safe, healthy non-competitive environment to discover the sport of triathlon.  It brings together kids from all different backgrounds and educates them on how to adopt a healthy lifestyle, coaches them to develop a foundation of athletic skills, and inspires them to aim high in sports and in life.

Designed as a free six-week goal oriented summer program, the program provides kids with expert instruction in swimming, cycling, running, strength training and flexibility, and teaches them the fundamentals of good nutrition, under the supportive guidance of coaches, lifeguards and instructors.

Our Y was one of the eight YMCA’s in the state that were chosen to participate. After six weeks of training and preparation, the eight Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Program sites in Connecticut descended upon our very own YMCA Camp Sloper to compete in the Race4Chase Kids Triathlon FINALE!

As we reflect on the accomplishments of our Y athletes, the excitement of the FINALE and the way that family, friends, coaches, trainers, volunteers and supporters came together to support the effort of these athletes, we truly can see the good that has emanated from the inspiration provided by Chase Kowalski.  These Race4Chase triathletes have learned that with determination and effort, they can tackle any challenge.  They can also realize that they have a community of support to achieve their goals.  We do not know whether there might be a future Olympic triathlete amongst the finishers, but we can be assured that from their experience from the Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Program that they will be better prepared to accomplish what they desire.

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Guest Sunday, 18 November 2018