After cancelling the 2020 Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Program due to the coronavirus outbreak, fifteen sites in Connecticut and Rhode Island successfully completed the abbreviated two week training program and staged their individual Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Finales.
Chase Kowalski loved to run, taught himself to swim and spent much of his afternoons on his bike racing over his course in his backyard when the weather cooperated. At six years of age, he asked his parents to find him a triathlon to compete in. He successfully completed his first triathlon and won his age group! He was very proud of his accomplishment sharing his success with friends and teachers and taking great care not to wash off his race number marked on his arms. It is only fitting that CMAK would support a program to give other children the same opportunity to train and complete this challenging race and honor Chase at the same time.
Great Hollow Lake, Wolfe Park, Monroe, CT
The Race4Chase Kid’s Triathlon program is a youth triathlon program aimed to provide kids aged 6 to 12 with a safe, healthy non-competitive environment to discover the sport of triathlon. It bring 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.
In 2019, more than 750 youth ages 6-12 years were crowned Race4Chase triathletes at the FINALE events at 26 Program sites in three States. During the program, 150 youth learned how to bike and 168 learned how to swim. In addition, 98 children who did not have bikes were able to take one of the program bikes home with them at the end of the program.
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Designed as a six week goal oriented summer program, the program provides kids with expert instruction in swimming, cycling, running, strength training and flexibility, and also teaches them the fundamentals of good nutrition, under the supportive guidance of coaches, lifeguards and instructors. Implementing a custom-designed training program, the coaches provide the youth athletes with all the equipment, knowledge, and one-on-one support they need to become tri-athletes. At the culmination of the training camp, all the youth athletes come together to compete in a USAT-sanctioned triathlon race.
The Program is FREE to all participants. Bicycles are provided by the program for training purposes and any participant that does not own a bicycle can take one home with them.
Fort Adams, Newport, Rhode Island
The Race4Chase Kids Triathlon program has expanded from 90 athletes in 2014 at three sites at YMCAs close to the Sandy Hook to close to 950 athletes in 2020 at 28 sites in four States in 2020. The culmination event, the FINALE, will be staged by CMAK and the program sites at three locations; namely, YMCA Camp Sloper in Southington CT, Fort Adams in Newport, Rhode Island and the Community YMCA in Clover, South Carolina. CMAK will continue to expand the program to provide more children with the same experience that Chase so loved.
For a full list of approved program sites for 2020, please see the following links: