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This 2013 year I RACE4CHASE! I am dedicating all of my training and racing miles (2013: swam-132miles, biked-3742miles, ran-738miles) to that AMAZING little triathlete Chase Kowalski, his memories, and his fund set up by his family for the Sandy Hook Community.
Please help me make all of those miles and sweat count for something great by honoring this little guy and all of his accomplishments, as we help Sandy Hook heal. Help me RACE4CHASE! Little by little we can all make a big difference.
On August 25th 2013, the one year anniversary of Chase's epic first triathlon (winning his age group!), I will be jumping into the Ohio river to start my first Ironman. During the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile marathon, this old mind and body will be pushed to its limits. With God's will and Chase's never ending inspirational energy I am determined to get to the finish line before midnight. WE DID IT CHASE!!!
There is more to do and the miles will not end. Other races on the schedule: On November 24th (tomorrow) I'll be feeling incredibly privileged/honored to run with the Race4Chase team in Connecticut near Chase's home town. I'm expecting Angel Chase will provide us with plenty of courage and energy and I am going to run with all I got, Chase style. Then I will slowly migrate south to Atlanta for the big Thanksgiving day HalfMarathon. Then? Hmmm, The only thing certain is that my year isn't finished with that. I will find something. Let's keep this going my friends. Chase's memorial is doing incredible work. Read on to see:
Chase Kowalski Memorial Foundation, Newtown, CT Our Vision: To turn tragedy into triumph by healing and strengthening our families and communities. Our Mission: In remembrance of Chase Kowalski, the students and educators of the Sandy Hook tragedy, we will be a positive force to inspire community healing through family and children-focused initiatives and programs.
What's happening now with this great effort? Here is a paste of my last Email from the foundation:
To All Chase Kowalski Foundation Fundraisers
I hope all of you are doing well with your training and racing and this email finds you and your families happy and healthy.
I have the pleasure of sharing with you on behalf of Rebecca, Steve and the whole Kowalski family some exciting news concerning the pursuit of our mission and vision.
We are pleased to announce a new and exciting partnership between the YMCA and our CMAK (Chase Michael-Anthony Kowalski) Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation. In remembrance of our son Chase Kowalski, the students and educators of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, our vision is to turn tragedy into triumph by healing and strengthening our families and communities. We firmly believe that our foundation values are closely aligned with the core values of the YMCA and that we can most effectively realize our mission to be a positive force in the community through the creation of children and family focused programs in partnership with the YMCA.
Chase was an active YMCA member and, in his honor, we are proud to announce three programs that will be launched as part of this partnership:
1. We will immediately make a difference in the lives of children by providing scholarships for pre-school education at the Greater Waterbury YMCA for families in need beginning in the Fall of 2013.
2. In honor of Chase’s athletic spirit, we will also sponsor and fund a children’s triathlon program. The “Race4Chase Kid's Triathlon Program” will be an exciting six week training program for children 6 to 14 years old operating out of the Waterbury YMCA and Camp Wataucha in Watertown, Ct. Qualified instructors will train participants to Run, Bike and Swim to prepare for their first triathlon. We believe this program will strengthen children’s drive, determination and dedication while having fun exercising their competitive spirit. Our goal is to expand this program nationally and we have initially established plans to replicate this program in partnership with other communities in Connecticut.
3. Lastly, We will reinforce and strengthen family values through the creation of “Chase’s Place” a Family Wellness Center. Chase’s Place will provide a facility where parents and children can exercise together with interactive equipment and stations designed to facilitate parent and child fitness. The CMAK foundation has committed to fund a Chase’s place integrated into the new YMCA Community Center planned for the Pomperaug region, only miles from Sandy Hook.
It is our hope that we can continue to spread our vision on a broader scale. We would like to thank all of our donors for their generous support which is truly enabling us to realize our vision to strengthen communities, families and our precious children. We will provide more details about these exciting developments in the near future.
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Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too! Brian Pogue.