At the first annual Race for Chase on Sunday, turning tragedy into triumph was the goal in Monroe at Great Hollow Lake in Wolfe Park.
Hundred of kids ran, biked and swan in the first annual event honoring 7-year-old Chase Kowalski. He completed a triathlon himself before he was killed inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Chase was a little kid with a big heart and a competitive spirit to go with it. At 6 years old, he took on a challenge few adults can handle - a triathlon.
Not only did he complete, he won the even.
"There was no slowing my son down and the triathlon program is going to help other kids achieve that goal and build their self esteem," said Rebecca Kowalski, Chase's mother.
Chase's parents have created a foundation in his honor and partnered with three YMCAs across the state to help train kids to follow in their son's shoes.
"To feel that power, to be able to compete in such a hard event and have the hope that they can do it," Rebecca Kowalski said. "Most people don't do it until they're in their 20s or 30s. Here's a 6-year-old who taught himself how to swim, ride his bike and run."
"We're going to hold this every year in Monroe to keep his name alive, and remember him," volunteer coordinator Noel Mara said.
Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:43:16 GMT
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