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Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Expands To Youth In Wilton

In back from left: Kevin Grimes, Desi Edwards, Christene Freedman, Kim Murphy, Sr., Howard Steinberg and Bob McDowell, CEO Bottom row, from left: Mary Ann Genuario Rebecca Kowalski and Rocio Fields.
In back from left: Kevin Grimes, Desi Edwards, Christene Freedman, Kim Murphy, Sr., Howard Steinberg and Bob McDowell, CEO Bottom row, from left: Mary Ann Genuario Rebecca Kowalski and Rocio Fields. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. -- The Riverbrook Regional YMCA in Wilton has been chosen to receive funding from the CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation for the 2016 Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Program.

The Race4Chase Triathlon Program will be offered to children ages 6 to 12, introducing youth to the sport of triathlon. The free program will run for six weeks beginning in June and ending on Race Day in August. Race Day is the culmination of the program where all the youth athletes come together to compete in a USAT-sanctioned triathlon race to be held at the YMCA Camp Sloper Day Camp and Outdoor Center in Southington.

This year, the CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation is expanding the Race4Chase to 14 locations in the state. Race4Chase, a youth triathlon program founded by Rebecca and Stephen Kowalski’s CMAK (Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski) Foundation, celebrates the life of Chase Kowalski. Chase was an enthusiastic young triathlete and the program was developed to remember his life and spirit through the achievements and experiences of other children in the sport.

“It’s always great to see our community’s youth choose to do something healthy for the summer, and it feels even better to know that Race4Chase is able to provide an active summer experience to kids of any and all economic backgrounds. The Y’s partnership with the CMAK Foundation strengthens our cause for healthy living in theses numerous communities and beyond”, remarked Bob McDowell, Chief Executive Officer of the Riverbrook Regional YMCA.

Joining last year’s eight program sites (Greater Waterbury YMCA, Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA, Northern Middlesex YMCA, Northwest YMCA, Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut, Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA, Valley Shore YMCA, and Woodruff Family YMCA) will be an additional six sites (Riverbrook Regional YMCA, Farmington Valley YMCA, Naugatuck YMCA, Soundview Family YMCA, Wallingford YMCA, and Westport Weston YMCA). Through these sites, the partnership will make upwards of 500 new Race4Chase triathletes by the end of this summer.

Applications will be posted to the Riverbrook Regional YMCA web site in mid-February. Click here for full details about the Race4Chase program . Click here or information about the CMAK foundation.

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