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Race for Chase honors Chase Kowalski

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There were 200 kids that participated in the third annual Race for Chase Kids Community Triathlon. (WFSB) There were 200 kids that participated in the third annual Race for Chase Kids Community Triathlon. (WFSB)
MONROE, CT (WFSB) -

Two charities teamed up today in the name of a victim of the Sandy Hook School shooting.

The third annual Race for Chase Kids Community Triathlon took place Sunday at Great Hollow Lake in Monroe.

The family of Chase Kowalski, who completed a triathlon before his 7th birthday, started a foundation in his honor - giving kids ages six through 12 the opportunity to swim, bike and run during a six week program.

There were 200 kids that participated this year.

“The day today is just celebrating Chase and letting these kids have fun, play and feel what it's like to accomplish something as difficult as a triathlon,” Rebecca Kowalski, who is the president for CMAK Foundation said. “We like to honor Chases's spirit that way."

This year, Bikes for Kids donated 200 bicycles to the program.

"We're taking mostly underserved children,” Kevin Grimes with Race4Chase said. “Some didn't know how to bike, some didn't know how to swim."

Fourteen YMCAs in Connecticut have stepped up to help, and another in South Carolina. The Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation said more expansion plans are on the horizon.

The program finale is set for the first weekend of August at Camp Sloper in Southington.

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