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    June  2014            
Inspired

from Rebecca
 
The last day of school, or graduation day, the days a mother is so excited for her child! Rushing around making the perfect gifts for teachers and bus drivers. Thinking of all the fun summer activities we spend together as a family. Taking the next steps in a new chapter of a life growing,  memories to be made taking pictures to capture those memorable days.  I sit here thinking how lucky I am to have a picture of Chase on the last day of kindergarten and in a cap and gown from preschool, the only graduation ceremony he would ever know. As I take a moment to feel sorry for myself,  my prayers are that my own girls make it to that honorable day.  I also pray we continue to chose LOVE and value our youth. These young adults are the future to stopping this madness. They are the hope for better things to come, the faith that we as parents have done our jobs well. Our grown children are the inspiration of a generation to come.
As our children grow older, the change will be up to them. Through the family values we have set, by the moral compass we should all live by and by always checking to make sure it is at the proper setting. Congratulations to every child that has the opportunity to make it to their graduation and to that next chapter life has to offer.  To the parents, value every ounce of that beautiful life you created, they are the link to our future and hopefully  they are even better people than we thought we could ever imagine.
 
  
 

Rebecca Kowalski honored as one of the "Inspiring Women of 2014" by the WNBA Connecticut Sun  by WNBA CT Sun

On June 7th at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Rebecca Kowalski was honored as one of three recipients of the "Women of Inspiration" award given by the WNBA Connecticut Sun Foundation to recognize the most inspiring women in Connecticut in 2014.  Rebecca was honored along with former Ct Governor Jodi Rell and Heather Ciarletto, a student at Whethersfield High School.  The awards were presented at a ceremony at center court at half time of the Ct Sun's game that evening attended by many Kowalski family, friends and CMAK supporters.  It includes a $500 donation by the CT Sun to the CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation.  The ceremony included a video presentation on each of the three recipients.  We congratulate Rebecca on this well deserved award!

 


 

Race4Chase Kid’s Triathlon July 13th:



Register Here
There are still slots open at registration for this event which is limited to 220 entries.  Full details can be accessed at registration link.

Volunteer Here

The event will require close to 100 volunteers so please do not hesitate to volunteer to make this event a success.

Sponsorship Here
 
As CMAK continues to make preparations for the Inaugural Race4Chase Kids' Triathlon, we are seeking those businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities provided by the race.  To be included on the race day T-Shirts, sponsors must be committed by July 1st.  Katie Blake will follow up on any inquiries concerning sponsorships.

 

Race4Chase Kids' Triathlon Program Kicks Off Training This Week!



All three programs are full and with waiting lists.  The coaches and instructors have undergone their training sessions.  The new Cannondale bikes have arrived.  Helmets, water bottles, goggles, swim caps and batons are all in place. And the participants are eager to get started on their quest to complete a triathlon.
Save the Date of August 2nd, 2014 and join us for the "Finale" where the three programs will come together to compete a USAT certified Triathlon. More details can be found HERE.





CMAK Night at Bluefish Stadium



 

Come join supporters of the CMAK Sandy Hook Foundation for CMAK Night at Bluefish Stadium.  The Bluefish are taking on the Somerset Patriots and will donate $5.00 to CMAK for every ticket purchased at the following link: CMAK Bluefish. IMPORTANT: Make sure that you enter CHASE as the Group Portal Code BEFORE choosing your tickets.  A portion of proceeds from concessions ordered online will also lead to a donation back to CMAK.

Come see Steve Kowalski throw out the first pitch (strike!)! Let's try to fill the ballpark.  It should be a fun outing for the whole family! Special discounts for CMAK supporters at Kid's Cove that evening when ordered online.

 



MudRace4Chase : Mid Coast Mud Run Kid's Day



Enjoy a nice weekend in New England with the Mid Coast Mud Runs who are hosting a MudRace4Chase as part of their Kid's Day.

Tons of events for the kids!! Kids "Mini-Mud Run" with classes for power wheels and 4-wheelers, Mud Truck rides, The 2012 Sandy Hook Tribute Durango show truck will be there for kids and adults to check out, bounce house, and many other fun filled events for the kids!!

Bring yourself or your whole family for this fun filled day!!!!!

Admission at the Gate- $5 for Age 18 and Up. Under 18 is Free!!

For more information, Click HERE.



Race4Chase News



 
Race4Chase Shines at Rev-3 Quassy Olympic Triathlon


A team of four Race4Chasers took on the hills of Middlebury, CT to complete the Rev-3 Quassy Olympic triathlon on May 31st.  On a perfect day for racing, Brian Pogue, John Williams, Tim DiScipio and Kevin Grimes braved the 66' swim, challenging hills on the bike and run to be greeted at the finish line by Race4Chase volunteers.  This marked the first time that the Race4Chase team competed as a group in a triathlon and we hope to organize more opportunities for Race4Chase athletes to do the same in the future.  We thank the organizers, Revolution 3, to allow us to participate as official finish line volunteers.  

Pictured from left to right, Tim DiScipio, Steve Kowalski, John Williams, Kevin Grimes, Michele Orzechowski, Brian Johnson, Rebecca Kowalski and Brian Pogue at post race bbq.


Sprint for Monroe and Race4Chase



For the second year in a row, the weather dazzled and the kid's raced for joy, leaving both children and parents with nothing but smiles at the end of the Linda's Story Time Race4Chase Kids' Fun Run.  This event was held in conjunction with the Sprint for Monroe 5k which attracted a record crowd of participants.  It was encouraging to see so many younger racers taking on the challenge of the 5k just as Chase did a few years back.  The Race4Chase team was predominate amongst the 5k participants with Race4Chase tee shirts flashing by the finish line with some impressive times.  Congratulations to Amy Primorac and her group of volunteers for staging another terrific race and thank you to the Sprint for Monroe and the Kimball Group for the support given to CMAK.



 



Race4Chaser Cameron O'Bar Captures 1st at Seaside Sprint Tri



Cameron O'Bar opened his triathlon season with a victory in his age group at the Seaside Sprint Triathlon in Bridgeport CT on Sunday, June 8th, 2014.  Cameron finished 10th overall.  He is dedicating his triathlon season in memory of Chase, hoping to compete at the USAT Age Group Nationals in Milwaukee, WI later this summer.  Cameron is pictured receiving his award.  
 

Team Race4Chase represented at 2014 Fairfield Half Marathon


Greg and Slovick




"MOOSE' sighting (John Williams)



Greg in Action
 


Team Race4Chase takes on Mossman Half Ironman in Norwalk CT


Cathy Kost and Kevin Grimes in transition before the Start-  
Cathy is in training for the Lake Placid Full Ironman next month.


Erin Flanagan completes 2nd Marathon in May in Vermont
 
Erin Flanagan should great recovery powers while conquering the hills of the Vermont Marathon in a time of 3:33.  this was a similar time to her race All American Marathon race at Fort Bragg NC, just three weeks earlier.  Here she competed her 5th Marathon on her quest to complete one in each State.  She has passed the baton from this race to her sister, Shawn Flanagan, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the first international exposure for a Race4Chase baton.
(see Baton Update below).

Erin's next marathon is scheduled for the Baltimore Marathon in Baltimore, Maryland in October, 2014.




 
All Race4Chase athletes should give advance warning of competitions they are entering so that CMAK can try to alert any other Race4chasers competing at the same venue.  Also forward pictures of competitions to kgrimes@chasekowalskifund.com so they can be included in newsletters and website galleries.  Any stories surrounding these activities would be greatly appreciated.  


Race4Chase Baton Update

Baton #1- (Bethel High School Track) 


The last news was that the baton was past by Shawn Delaney (above) to his fellow military colleague, Nina Coulson, who will take the baton to Texas where she was recently transferred for further racing.  Await news from Nina.

Baton #2- (Trumbull Lakewood YMCA) 
Still A.W.O.L. If anyone has any information concerning its whereabouts, please advise CMAK. 

Baton #3- (Remains with Kowalski family on fireplace mantel) 

Baton #4
Lee Whitaker, Fort Mill SC has now targeted a summer Ultramarathon for the baton pass.

Baton #5-
Erin Flanagan passed the baton to Christy Jones at the All American Marathon at Fort Bragg, NC and Christy then completed the Kinetic Half Triathlon in Virginia.  She was not satisfied with her results and has decided to hold on to the baton and pursue another competition....awaiting news of next race.

Baton #6-
Christina Hansen and the Cape Cod Ragnar Relay Race4Chase team passed the baton to Sarah Dombrowski who will run her first half marathon in June.  Sarah will then pass the baton to her teammates.  We will follow the batons progress throughout the summer.

Baton #7-
Shawn Flanagan completed her first half marathon at the Calgary Marathon (Full/Half) on June 1st in a time of 1:55. (picture below on left - fast times run in the family). She was thrilled to find an exceptional candidate to take up the baton (Pictured below- right) and will have more news on where she plans to compete in our next update.




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 this summer. 

 
Million Miles 4 Chase News

In the July newsletter, we will provide a full update on our progress in the Million Miles 4 Chase campaign for the first half of 2014.  

Armed Forces 4 Chase


It should be noted that we now have the Army4Chase team being captained by Chris McGowan from Basehor, KS and the Navy4Chase team captained by Richard Laigo from Honolulu, Hawaii.  Please encourage military personnel to dedicate their training miles to Chase by joining one of our Armed Forces teams.  We have active teams from the Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard as well. Active, reserve and veteran military personnel are all encouraged to take part on these teams for this campaign.

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