Youth triathlon at­tracts young Con­necti­cut ath­letes

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Pat Ea­ton-rob

Nearly 500 chil­dren showed up Satur­day to swim, bi­cy­cle and run in the fourth an­nual statewide Race4chase youth triathlon, the fi­nale of a sum­mer fit­ness pro­gram founded by the fam­ily of a boy killed in the Sandy Hook shoot­ings.

Seven-year-old Chase Kowal­ski had com­peted in his first youth triathlon just months be­fore he was shot to death along with 25 oth­ers at the Con­necti­cut el­e­men­tary school in De­cem­ber 2012.

Re­becca Kowal­ski said she and her hus­band, Steve, be­gan the Race4chase pro­gram be­cause they wanted to honor their son’s mem­ory with some­thing that fo­cused on fam­i­lies, health and well­ness.

Race4chase is a free, sixweek day camp, run in con­junc­tion with lo­cal YMCAS, which teaches chil­dren the fun­da­men­tals of swim­ming, bik­ing, run­ning, good nu­tri­tion, strength and flex­i­bil­ity.

At the end the six weeks, campers come to­gether for a sanc­tioned triathlon. Rac­ers go off in waves and the length of each race varies with the age of the campers.

The Con­necti­cut ath­letes, be­tween the ages of 6 and 12, gath­ered in the pour­ing rain Satur­day at the YMCA’S Camp Sloper. About 120 chil­dren par­tic­i­pated a week ago in Clover, S.C., for that state’s fi­nale. The Rhode Is­land Race4chase is sched­uled for next Satur­day at Fort Adams State Park in New­port.

Ri­ley and Dy­lan Trask, 12-year-old twins from Bethel, took part for the sec­ond year. Their mom, Robin Grosvenor, said in ad­di­tion to be­com­ing bet­ter ath­letes, they’ve be­come more con­fi­dent peo­ple.

“They feel like noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble now,” she said.

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