On December 14, 2012, twenty children and six adult staff members were tragically taken from us too soon at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, CT. One of those children was 7 year old Chase Kowalski.
Chase was an amazing son, brother, and grandson whose heart was only filled with love for all the people he touched. He was a fun-loving, energetic boy who had a true love of life. He completed and won his first triathlon at the age of six and ran in many community road races.
As avid runner and triathlete myself, I have competed in several marathons, half-marathons, triathlons, and completed my first Ironman Triathlon in Louisville, KY, in August 2012.
I have been a police officer for nearly 13 years, recently becoming a member of the Milford Police Department. I along with other officers had the opportunity to assist my brother and sister officers in Newtown after the tragedy by covering their patrols and assisting in escorts and security details around their town. This was such a humbling experience that made me want to help more.
Once I learned that Chase had been such an active member of the running and triathlon community as I am, and remembering running in my first races at the age of 6, I have decided that I will Race4Chase!
On June 2nd, 2013 I will be competing in the Rev3 Half-Ironman Triathlon at Lake Quassy in Middlebury, CT. This race is 70.3 miles long,
consisting of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run. I will be running this race in honor of Chase and will be attempting to raise money for the Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund. The goal of the Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund, set up by Chase's parents, is to turn tragedy into triumph by healing and strengthening families and communities: To honor the legacy of Chase and all the students and educators of Sandy Hook Elementary, to positively change the lives of children and their families and to be a positive force to inspire community healing through family and children-focused programs.
If you can help me by donating to my run, I will be able to reach the $3,000 goal that I have set. Every penny helps. Help me run this race so that and get Chase's story out there!
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts.
Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!