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    June 2015            
Inspired

from Rebecca

This inspiration came from a new "big brother" I have acquired after the loss of Chase.
In one life a motivational speaker, in another life a husband, a dad and a coach.  I had the pleasure to meet coach Fred  through two other amazing people that have entered my life since the loss of Chase.  A "Big Sister" and her sudo "little brother" funny how this family keeps growing. The words that echo in my ears are the ones that my new big brother posted on face book about his life. Couch Fred posted it like this, "How lucky am I"? A life full of turmoil for 10 years and in that turmoil beating cancer not once but twice. Having a dream job so fulfilling he can't even describe the emotions of it's complexity. Teaching his children to live a life that will impact others and have no regrets. Coach Fred tells his stories to give hope. To inspire people to do what they think is impossible.  Teaching others to take the life you were given and to make the best choices for that life and the others in it. He said, "live with no regrets." I say regrets are there because you didn't choose from the heart. Always follow your heart, and Measure Your Life in Love! Life is a journey that we are all on.  It is how we choose to deal with the obstacles in front of us at any given time that makes us better, stronger, or inspirational. When you choose to be the change you wish to see in this world, you will make a difference in a life.  

The Dalai Lama said, We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder. You always have the choice
We all have heartache, we all suffer in some way. What is devastating to one may be easier for another to handle, but that doesn't make it any less tragic. 

I love the positive impact Couch Fred's words have on me. I thought about his post, How lucky am I, and I read it and then reread it and I have gone back to it because I think to myself yes, he is so right. Always count your blessings, embrace your heartache because it is  your heartache that helps you realize how sweet those blessing are. Through the greatest loss in my life I have been so blessed. Blessed for 7 years with a son that loved with his whole heart who taught me to be the best mother I could be. Blessed to have  peace given to me by him to heal and share that blessing with all of you. How lucky I am to have the honor of meeting the greatest people that walk this earth. How we all love a little boy, that some never had the chance to meet. The way you all help honor him because we shared how special he was. I do believe we are all lucky in some way. It is how you choose to perceive that luck, when you find your purpose...... 
how you live your destiny.
 

Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Race-

Sunday , July 12th - Great Hollow Lake, Wolfe Park

Registration Open!!!!


The 2nd Annual Race4Chase Kids' Triathlon Race will take place at Great Hollow Lake, Wolfe Park in Monroe CT on Sunday, July 12th, 2015.  We expect as many as 300 participants this year after the success of the 2014 race.  CMAK will again award a bicycle to one entrant at the awards ceremony.  CMAK is grateful to all of our sponsors who have again made an extra effort in supporting this event so it can be of the highest quality.  Thank you to TIMEX for providing awards, Blue 70 for swim caps, USA Triathlon for knapsack goodie bags and many other local sponsors providing food and hydration for our athletes.  We are still looking for volunteers to help the day run smoothly. For further information and registration, see the following link: Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Race

Please note that there are opportunities for entry fee waivers for families that need this assistance so that every child that would like to participate can have the opportunity. Please inquire through the contact information posted on Run Sign Up


 

Race4Chase Kid's Triathlon Program Update

The application and selection process is now complete and the eight Connecticut Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Programs are ready to commence their training schedule on June 22nd, 2015.  We are all excited to see the progress that these athletes will make as they set their sights on completing the "FINALE" USA Triathlon sanctioned kids triathlon, on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 at YMCA Camp Sloper in Southington, CT.

In South Carolina, the Race4Chase programs are starting their selection process with the training program opening on July 6th and culminating with the Fort Mill "Finale" about August 15th, 2015.  More details to follow.

The 2015 Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Programs have been supported by grants from USA Triathlon Foundation and Dick's Sporting Goods Sports Matter Program.  This is in addition to the assistance provided by TIMEX Group USA (Awards, Timing, Elite Athletes), Blue Seventy (swim caps, goggles) and Zane Cycles (helmets) which is vital to the success of the program.
 

CMAK Rockin' Jump 

Thank you to all those who joined CMAK at the 2nd Rockin' Jump event. We would like to give a special thanks to New Balance of Bethel and Sandy Hook Cycle for joining us there. New Balance provided shoe sizing and collected donations of lightly used sneakers while Sandy Hook Cycles provided a new FELT road bicycle which is being raffled off by the Foundation.  

Tickets will be sold for the bicycle (pictured beow) at all CMAK upcoming events including at the Monroe Farmer's Market on Friday, June 26th and the Race4Chase Kid's Triathlon at Wolfe Park on Sunday, July 12th where the winner will be selected.  The winner does not need to be present.


And, of course, a big thank you to all those at Rockin' Jump who again provided at great venue for our supporters to enjoy an evening of bouncing fun!


 

CMAK Night at the BLUEFISH Coming Up Soon!


Don't delay and get your BLUEFISH tickets for CMAK Night at Harbor Yard for July 18th, 2015.  The Bluefish have also included CMAK on their list of charities which can receive a donation from the Bluefish through the purchase of Bluefish tickets for ANY of their games during the 2015 season.  When you find a good night to take in a Bluefish game, please refer to the following link where you can purchase tickets and designate CMAK for the donation.  BLUEFISH CHARITY TICKETS 

 

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Race4Chase News


 


Birthday to Birthday Challenge Event:


Sprint for Monroe 

Although the skies were threatening at times, the Sprint for Monroe was again a resounding success for children of all ages.  The Race4Chase Kids Fun Run went off in two heats with the youngest doing one lap around the soccer pitches before heading past the pond to the finish line.  The second heat for the next age bracket extended the course around the playground to give them a bigger challenge.

 

There were also many kids that came back to run the 5k open race to the delight of their friends and family.  The Open event attracted a healthy number of local runners as well as many Race4Chase supporters.  There were a significant number of Birthday 2 Birthday Challenge participants securing another bib toward their quest for nine to qualify for the culminating race on October 31st, Chase's Birthday..




The next Birthday to Birthday Event will be advised in our next newsletter.
Stepney Elementary School ends the School Year by donning Race4Chase shirts



Teacher Jen Heitzke and her kindergarden students at Stepney Elementary School in Monroe
 


CMAK at Challenge Quassy 70.3



Congratulations to the Race4Chase team which conquered the hills of Quassy to complete the Olympic and 70.3 races this weekend. John Williams completed the Olympic in 3:33:40 improving 10 minutes from last years finish while David Prud'homme (7:06:52), Brian Pogue (6:37:23) and Kevin Grimes (6:05:53) (pictured above left to right) completed the 70.3 on Sunday.


A special thank you to our volunteers who crewed the Race4Chase Aid Station between the swim and bike transition raising funds from the race organizers for CMAK for their efforts.

 


Race4Chase International

The Race4Chase community of support has now branched out beyond the boarders of the United States as shown in recent photos taken from around the globe:







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The Yale Triathlon Team, supporters of CMAK and wearing Race4Chase logo on their kits, competed at the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships in Clemson, South Carolina.



Congratulations to Matt Ampleman (right) and Alex Bruch (left) who finished 115 and 393 respectively out of 1128 athletes under the guidance of Coach Clayton Tebbetts. They were joined by Quinnepiac athlete, Tesni Phillips, who finished 963 in the Olympic event and 355 in the female division in the race.
 

Baton Update:

Baton #1 - (Red)



Crystal Reitz Porter (right) displays her medal and Race4Chase baton at the Rt 66 Half Marathon in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Melissa Kepner completed both the Cowtown in Fort Worth Texas and the OKC Memorial in Oklahoma City, OKL in the month of March carrying the Race4Chase baton.  The baton is now transferred to Heidi Langan who will take it to England to compete in a race on her home soil.  Heidi will be leading the Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Program in Trumbull for the second straight year and will be headed to England after the "FINALE" on August 1st.









Melissa Kepner posing with baton after the Cowtown race.

Baton # 4- (Green)

Congratulations to Melissa Whipple who completed the Sky Tri Kids Triathlon in Ann Arbor MI on May 17th with the baton, capturing 2nd place in her age group.  She has passed the baton to her step mother, Olivia Whipple, who is taking the baton to Arizona.  We await news on which competition that Olivia will choose to compete with the baton.  

Baton #5 - (Blue)


Donna Decker returns from a successful mission in the rescue effort in Nepal, pictured bringing some Chase vitality to the children of Nepal wearing Race4Chase bracelets.  Donna will determine to whom she will pass the baton in the near future.

Baton #9 (Purple) -

Greg Peck
continues to hold the baton in Hilliard, Ohio awaiting his first triathlon competition for this season.  We await to hear where he chooses.

Baton #10 (Gold) - 



David Brown III (left) competed in the Capital Hill Classic10k in Washington DC on May 17th, 2015 where he passed the baton to fellow DC Police Officer, Sean Ellman.  Sean will advise where he will compete shortly.
 
Baton # 14-

Erin Flanagan has chosen to pass the baton from the Dewey Beach Marathon in Delaware to Frances Hoare from Birr, Co Offaly, Ireland.  Frances, a fellow intern of Generation UCAN, will run with the baton in the Colour Run 5k in aid of the Irish Cancer Society in Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland on July 11th. 
 
 


A big thanks to RELAYBATONS.com for donating all the Race4Chase batons for this program and also for use in our Race4Chase Kid’s Triathlon program. 
 
 

Upcoming Events

 

Birthday to Birthday Challenge
October 31st, 2014 to October 31st, 2015
Register Here

10 Events to Qualify

 
Chase Kowalski Memorial Golf Tournament
Nippon Lake Golf Club
Barrington, N.H.
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Love the Chase Scavenger Hunt
Bluefish Stadium at Harbor Yard
Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Tunnels 2 Towers 5k
Race4Chase Team
Brooklyn, New York
September 27th, 2015


Birthday 2 Birthday Finale
Great Hollow Lake, Wolfe Park
Monroe, CT
Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Fischang-Chicchetti 5k/5mile
Waterbury YMCA
Waterbury, Ct
Sunday, November 22nd, 2015
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