YMCA will take part in Race4Chase triathlon program

Two Branches of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA – the Lakewood-Trumbull Y in Trumbull and the Woodruff Family Y in Milford — have been chosen for the 2015 Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Program.

This year, the Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski (CMAK) Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation is expanding the Race4Chase to 10 locations. Race4Chase, a youth triathlon program founded by Rebecca and Stephen Kowalski’s CMAK Foundation, celebrates the life of Chase Kowalski.

Chase was an enthusiastic young triathlete. The program was developed to remember his life and spirit through the achievements and experiences of other children in the sport. The CMAK and YMCA partnership allows hundreds of children to participate in a youth triathlon training program free-of-charge through CMAK funding.

“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,” said Charlie Clifford, district executive director of the Lakewood-Trumbull Y and the Woodruff Family Y. “The Y’s partnership with the CMAK Foundation strengthens our cause for healthy living in the community and beyond.”

The Race4Chase Triathlon Program will be offered to children ages 6-12 years old. The program introduces them to the sport of triathlon. The free program will run for six weeks beginning in June and ending on Race Day in August.

Enrollment is limited. Applications will be posted to the Lakewood-Trumbull Y and Woodruff Family Y websites. Applications will be evaluated based on several factors. Selection priority will be given to first time registrations, a demonstration of need, and those indicating a sincere desire to participate for the complete duration of the program.

For more information, visit lakewoodtrumbullymca.org and/or woodruffymca.org.

The Race4Chase program incorporates training with mentoring, often featuring special guests. Throughout the summer, the participants will hear from a number of local and regional triathlete superstars.

Race4Chase also focuses on building self-confidence and empowerment. For information about the CMAK foundation visit: chasekowalskifund.com/.