Chase Kowalski was a kid full of energy that drove himself hard to complete many races in his short life. The story of his 1st triathlon (of which he takes 1st place!) at the age of 6 is epic. His mom describes it here:
http://www.chasekowalskifund.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/USATriarticle.pdf Sadly, Chase would not live to see another triathlon, as he was one of the Sandy Hook victims. Many runners and triathletes such as myself are committed to keeping Chase’s legacy alive.
THANK YOU friends and family for a successful 2013 Race4Chase fundraising/racing season. My final 2013 Race4Chase mileage: swam-142miles, biked-3855miles, ran-789miles. That included LOTS of training, the Kansas 70.3 Ironman, many smaller triathlons and run races, and of course the Louisville Kentucky Ironman. It was a busy year. In November I had the opportunity to meet Chase’s family in Connecticut and was totally thrilled to Race4Chase along side many other Race4Chase team mates. It was there I learned about the AWESOME things that are being done with Chase’s Memorial Foundation. It is hard to imagine how such a tragedy can yield a result of smiles, health, and hope for many children, but rest assured, that is exactly what Race4Chase dollars brings to the world. Here are some of the great things being done with your donations and support: The Race4Chase kids Triathlon program where kids get to learn about the sport and actually compete in a triathlon after their training! Preschool scholarships for those in need of which many are already being utilized! Chase’s Place at the YMCA for parents and their kids, and more to come. THIS is the magic we are creating and we need to keep on doing it for 2014.
MY 2014 RACE4CHASE TRIATHLON SEASON HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN!
This year my fund raiser is all about Ironman Chattanooga for Chase which will occur on Sept 28th, with plenty other races and a TON of training leading up to it. With Chase inspiration and his endless supply of energy I will provide the mileage and sweat, but I’ll need all the help I can get with donations as we keep CMAK’s (Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski) legacy growing forward. My season got off to a rocky start this weekend when I raced the IM 70.3 in New Orleans. I had a nice swim and a nice bike but not far into the run my right foot started numbing and soon after, the PAIN started. I quickly realized the race was not going to be a PR and then resorted to a run/walk strategy in order to be able to finish. It was the hardest finish line I ever had to get to but I couldn’t imagine Chase giving up, so I wasn’t about to either. I still managed to beat half the field, but just barely. The good news is my foot is rapidly improving but I think I need to take a hard look at the shoes I run in. Hmmm. Next race will be in Quassy Park Connecticut on May 31st doing the Rev3 Olympic triathlon with a few other Race4Chasers! From there I will keep everyone updated as Race4Chase-2014 moves forward.
Thank you for any contribution you can make toward this amazing effort. With your support, angel Chase gets to help many others in a very special way. In just a few months many kids will be rocking to their 1st triathlon because of all this. How COOL is that? Brian
Also, please go to www.race4chase.com (redirects to CMAKs page) and sign up for the newsletter to keep up to date, and also LIKE the Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund on FB to help increase exposure to this great cause. Thanks!