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        February 2014
A Word from the Kowalski Family

It is when we reach out of our comfort zone and extend a hand that we find a new friend. It is all of those hands that we are thankful for. As difficult as it can be, we reach for the positive, trust in all the good the world has to offer so can we find a reason to keep moving forward. We have come so far honoring Chase's spirit yet we have only just begun. It is with all of this support that we say Thank you to all! 

Rebecca & Steve

Brown University Ladies Basketball: A Heart-felt Thanks

We recently had the opportunity to attend a Brown University Women's Basketball game. Basketball wasn't a game that Chase played in an organized fashion, but like most families we have a hoop in our driveway and often Steve would be out there shooting with all three kids. He often found it a way to have a conversation without sitting down to "talk." It was a way to connect with the kids while let off some steam and letting the conversations get started. The game was great and exciting and it was a pleasure to be a part of attending it, but what stands out the most to me is meeting a group of girls that is conscious of its heart, the act of compassion and providing support to others. This team has supported our cause since our heart was broken. It all started with a simple card that meant so much to a member of our team, he decided to return the thought and from there a true friendship has started. It is very  knowing that we have been able to establish these kinds of relationships through the thoughtfulness of others. We would like to thank the Womens basketball team, Coach Burr and all the wonderful people at Brown University for their support of CMAK Foundation and the Race4Chase.


March 7th is Fairfield County Giving Day: Help CMAK win Prize money!


Help CMAK compete for prize money up to $25,000 as part of Fairfield County Giving Day. If CMAK receives the most donations (not the most money) through the online campaign it will receive $25,000 cash prize. So we ask all our supporters to make a small contribution to CMAK ($10.00 minimum). The first $1k donated will be matched by organizers and there are other prizes up for grabs as well. You can learn more about the specifics or make donations on March 7th at We will send another reminder as the date approaches. If we are successful, this alone will allow us to start an additional Race4Chase Kid’s Tri program next year. 


Race4Chase Kid’s Triathlon Program: Update

Thanks to the support of both Timex USA, Inc and USA Triathlon, we have secured some of our needs for equipment. We are still seeking suppliers of bikes and helmets as we equip our three programs commencing in June 2014. Any assistance in identifying potential suppliers would be greatly appreciated. The three sites are currently finalizing the application process for entry into the program and we will relay details to all supporters once the information becomes available. Please make plans to attend the programs culminating triathlon, “THE FINALE,” at Camp Mataucha in Watertown Ct on August 2nd, 2014. It should be a fine display of effort commitment and achievement from these young triathletes.  


The Quest Continues: 3rd Marathon Complete!

Erin Flanagan conquers Austin Marathon in Chase’s Honor

Erin Flanagan’s quest to run a marathon in every state moved to the southwest as she finished the Austin Marathon on February 16th. Erin overcame a nagging hip injury which disrupted her training to finish under four hours. Erin is pictured here holding the Race4Chase banner proudly displayed by her fan club to encourage her along the route. The spectators were all supportive of her efforts. 

If her training allows, she is now contemplating competing in two more east coast marathons in May in North Carolina and Vermont. 

Race4Chase travels to Australia 

Joyce Webb from Orlando, West Virginia ventured all the way to Sydney Australia donning her Race4Chase shirt to compete in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival Half Marathon. Here she is pictured with her R4C shirt and bib with the Sydney Opera House in the background.  There have been reports of Race4Chaser’s competing as far away as New Zealand but this is the first concrete evidence of an international effort. Join Joyce and share your Race4Chase adventures by sending stories and photo to

5k Run for the Sandy Hook Families- Race4Chase team has some slots left! 

 Sandy Hook 5K

Race4Chase team has secured a limited number of additional registration slots for this race which is currently sold out. If you were unable to secure a lottery position and still want to run at Fairfield Hills, please email requesting the link to register. Everyone that has registered, please confirm your attendance on our Facebook site or at the email address above so we can anticipate how many will be racing and we can communicate directly with you as the race approaches. 

Color Me Rad - 5K Fun Run


Color Me Rad - 5k Fun Run: Race4Chase team has 39 registered so far! Join the Race4Chase team at the Color Me Rad 5k Run in Hartford on April 26th, 2014. The race organizers are donating 20% of the entries fees paid by the Race4Chase team participants to CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation so you will be supporting CMAK just by participating in the event. This is a unique running event where participants are showered with exploding color bombs at various points in the race leaving their white tee shirts (and the rest of their bodies) covered in tie dye like colors. This event is especially popular with young adults and is a blast for the whole family! 

See the following link for more information, pictures and registration. ColorMeRadHartford During the registration process, Insert CMAK for Promo Code, join Race4Chase team from the dropdown election of team names and insert Grimes when prompted for team captain name. You will note that the first two waves for the race are sold out, so please register quickly and share this email with others who would like to join our team for the fun event! Let’s try to reach 100 or more Race4Chasers to enter!

Rev 3 Quassy Olympic Triathlon- Volunteers and Racers Needed 

Rev-3 race organizers for the Quassy Olympic Triathlon (32 miles) in Middlebury, CT on May 31st, 2014 will donate to CMAK up to $20.00 per Race4Chase individual that volunteers to stage the event. Each volunteer will be asked to assist for 3 to 4 hour time slots. We may stage our own Race4Chase water stop or perhaps work the finish line of the race depending upon our numbers. We are also looking for Rcae4Chase athletes to join Kevin Grimes and compete in this event. Please advise your interest to participate as a volunteer or competitor through Facebook or by emailing 

Other Notes: 
Registration for 1st Annual Race4Chase Kid’s triathlon on July 13th, 2014 will open on April 14, 2014 and will be restricted to 220 entries. We will communicate more details as we get closer to this date. 

TRASHER: Our friend and supporter, THRASHER, will appear at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, CT from March 7th-9th, 2014. Please take the opportunity to show him your Support!

New CMAK Website Coming Soon!


Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events: 

March 29th
5k Run for the
Sandy Hook Families
Newtown CT 

April 26th
Color Me Rad 
Hartford, CT

May 4th
Crazy Eights
Ansonia, CT 

Rev-3 Quassy
Olympic Triathlon
Middlebury, CT 

June 1st
Sprint for Monroe 5k and
Race4Chase Kid’s Fun Run
Monroe, CT 

July 13th 
Race4Chase Kid’s Triathlon 
Monroe, CT

August 2nd 
R4C Kid’s Tri Program
Watertown, CT 

Tough Mudder Series Final 

Race4Chase 5k,
Normandy Beach, NJ 

CMAK Golf Outing

September 6th 
CMAK Scavenger Hunt,
Wolfe Park
Monroe, CT 

October 12th
Newtown Pumpkin Festival 
Newtown, CT
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