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    January 2016            

from Rebecca

I sit here on a Tuesday morning at the Waterbury YMCA after a great meeting going over details of what is to come in 2016. I look at Paula Labonte as we discuss our Race4Chase Kids Tri Finale. She gives me a wide eyed look at the idea of having 2,000 people coming together to watch almost 500 kids do the Race4Chase finale. It is an amazing story to recollect as, three years ago, we sat at this same YMCA to discuss this very idea. Fast forward to year one and just under 100 kids became the first R4C triathletes. Last year, almost 300 and this year 500. It fills my heart with such joy knowing that so many more children will learn to swim, bike and run while at the same time learn about Chase, our little superman. He will continue to be honored in the hearts of so many more families. He is changing their lives and lifestyles. Teaching them that family is where the heart is, and how a healthy lifestyle filled with good food, good friends and lots of fun and exercise makes for a stronger community.  A community filled with more people doing and choosing the "best life" they can lead. As a mother, we will do anything for our children if we know it will make them better people. I know in my heart that Chase would have grown up to be this kind of kid.  He was off to a great start and he will have 500 new and old friends that will keep his spirit alive and growing. That is how we love and how we continue to heal. In my mind, this is the best way to start a new year! And let me say I am so grateful for all that we have accomplished so far and for all the families lives we have made better through the help of so many wonderful people.
Birthday 2 Birthday Challenge 2016

After the success of the 2015 Birthday to Birthday Challenge in motivating CMAK supporters to be more fit and active, CMAK has decided to create a 2016 edition of the B2B Challenge.  This year the focus will be on bicycling where participants will be asked to ride 1100 miles over the course of the year leading up to Chase's 11th birthday, October 31st.  We would ask those interested to log their daily biking miles (whether on their trainer or on the roads/trails) and advise when they have reached their 1100 mile milestone.

 In conjunction with this program, Zane Cycles will be offering great deals on new bicycles and accessories to participants.  For more details, participants can contact Tom at Zane Cycles at 203 488 3244.  For those not inclined to bike, participants can also qualify by submitting 11 bibs from athletic competitions that they participated during the year.

Qualifying for what? Participants will be permitted to take part in the B2B Finale event to be held on or close to Chase's 11th birthday, the details of which have yet to be decided.  We hope to make it as much fun as the FINALE Zombie Run from last year.  For those accepting the challenge, please email so we can keep you up to date on the opportunities to get together in pursuit of the challenge.


2016 Race4Chase Youth Triathlon Program:  

CMAK set for MOU Signing Ceremony with fourteen programs in Connecticut and our first program in South Carolina.

CMAK has accepted fifteen applications for the 2016 Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Program and will celebrate the occasion with an MOU Signing Ceremony with the sites located in Connecticut at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury CT at 9:30 am on January 28th, 2016. The Program Sites selected (listed below) included the eight programs from 2015 plus an additional seven programs, expanding the number of children participating from 250 to close to 500.  

The programs will commence in late June and culminate with the FINALE in the first week of August.  Each site will conduct its own application process in the Spring to select participants from interested youth. Please contact the local sites for more information on how your child can apply.

Renewed Sites

Lakewood- Trumbull

New Sites


Farmington Valley


Upper Palmetto, Fort Mill-Rock Hill, SC

Bikes For Kids to Provide Bicycles for Race4Chase Programs

Bikes For Kids
, a non for profit based in Centerbrook, CT, has agreed to provide bicycles to the 2016 Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Programs.  Some of these bicycles will reside with the programs for multi- year use, but many will be provided to the children to take with them after completing the Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Program.  "This is an incredible opportunity for the development and expansion of the Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Program and express our heartfelt thanks to Bikes For Kids for their support." advises Rebecca Kowalski, " Not only does this cooperation with Bikes for Kids provide CMAK with more resources to expand the Program in future years, it gives the program participants without bicycles an opportunity to take one with them which can really make a difference in the lives of these youth."

Bikes for Kids founded by the late Chuck Graeb of Old Lyme, CT in 1989.  Referring to the original premise of Chuck Graeb that every child should be able to experience the enjoyment of owning and riding their own bicycle. " Bikes For Kids "  works to provide bicycles for children with an identified need.The charity also works to help with other children's causes and opportunities that enrich the lives of young people in our communities.  CMAK looks forward to working with Bikes for Kids to fulfill each of our missions.  Please refer to their website at for more information about their activities.


Sunday, JULY 10th, 2016    !!!

3rd Annual
Race4Chase Kids Triathlon
Wolfe Park, Great Hollow Lake
Monroe, CT

Kids 6-12 yrs old

Registration Opens Mother's Day 2016



Check out the latest CMAK video highlighting the Race4CHase Kids Triathlon Program and the RAce4Chase Kids Tri in Monroe

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Race4Chase News


Race4Chase Boston Marathon Team Deep into their Training

The Race4Chase Boston Marathon Team is currently six members strong, representing five different States.  the team is led by captain, Amanda Jacob, who is running the Boston Marathon for the third time in Chase's honor.  She is joined by our two John Hancock Non for Profit charity bib recipients, Kristen Havey from North Andover, MA and Stephen Pelletier from Boston MA, who were selected by CMAK from the applications received by the Foundation this Fall. Also returning for the third time is John Williams from West Hartford who has been an active Race4Chase runner and triathlete for many years.  New to the team this year are Kelly Dillon from Fairfax, VA and Curtis Keller from Clayton, MO.  They are all entering the period of their most intense training to be prepared for race day.  For those in the Northeast, the weather has been more forgiving compared to the snow laden 2015, but the frigid temperatures are a reminder that any winter training has its challenges.

The team has not only been training well, but have been active in fundraising for CMAK in support of their participation in Boston.  Crowdrise Race4Chase Boston Marathon fundraising page currently shows over $7,500 raised to date with Stephen and Kristen leading the way with about $3,000 each.  The athletes will be organizing specific events to help encourage fundraising as they train.  The first of which is a "Paint Night" in support of Kristen Havey's campaign. (see below)  The team is hoping to surpass the $ 22k fundraising accomplished by the 2015 team.

CMAK is still encouraging runners that have registered for Boston to join the Race4Chase team and dedicate their efforts to a worthy cause to join our team, wear the Race4Chase uniform and share in the CMAK sponsored Sunday brunch at the Wahlburg's Alma Nove Restaurant in Hingham, MA, just outside Boston.

For those not qualified for the marathon but would like to join in the festivities for the Boston Marathon weekend, CMAK will be trying to organize a Race4Chase team to participate in the Boston Marathon 5k race on Saturday, April 16th, 2016 and the Boston Marathon Midnite Cycle, the night before the Marathon.  The will be the first activity for participants in the B2B Cycle Challenge to get together for some fun riding.  More to come on this activity as we get closer to the event.


Support Kristen Havey's Race4Chase Boston Marathon Campaign at Paint Night

Kristen Havey will be hosting a Paint Night and Silent Auction at the Barking Dog Ale House in Haverhill, MA on Thursday, January 28th, 2016 from 6-10pm.  For those that attended John Pleva's event last year, you know that this is a night of enjoyment and camaraderie while trying out your painting skills under the instruction of tutors. It is a great opportunity to support Kristen's fundraising efforts while having fun evening out.  Please see the following link for more information and to RSVP:

Kristen's Paint Nite


Jeremy Lawrence Boulder Ironman for Chase

Jeremy Lawrence from Broomfield, CO has committed to train and compete in his first Ironman in Boulder, Co in August 2016.  Jeremy, former resident of Bethel CT, has felt a strong connection to the events at the Sandy Hook Elementary and, after hearing about Chase and the efforts of the CMAK Foundation through Erin Flanagan's Race4Chase marathoning exploits, thought that there could no better purpose to dedicate his efforts to meet the challenge of finishing an Ironman.  The Ironman challenge becomes even more impressive when one considers the impact of altitude on the rigors of this event.  We wish Jeremy a successful training regime leading up to the big day.  Erin has passed the Race4Chase baton used at her successful Philadelphia Marathon to Jeremy for his use in training and competing in his Ironman (see below). You can read more about Jeremy's efforts at his fundraising page at the following link, Jeremy's Boulder Ironman.  Please support his efforts.

Baton Update

Baton # 1 - (Red)

After taking the baton from Mackensie Bloxham, Trystan Barnett is currently training for his upcoming Spring Triathlon season with his Northants Tri Club.  He will find an appropriate person to pass the baton once his competitions start.

Baton # 9- (PURPLE)

Greg Peck is targeting an August 2016 Half Ironman for carrying and Passing the baton.

Baton # 10- (GOLD)

Sean Ellman has passed the baton to Kat O'Neill at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington, VA after meeting at the 37th Annual Series, Indoor Track Meets.  Await news from Kat on her intentions for the baton.

Baton # 14- (GREEN)

Gerry Duffy, who won the Deca Enduroman Challenge (10 Ironman distance races in 10 days), competed in a 10 Mile road race on December 28th, 2016 carrying the baton in Chase's memory.  He will determine to whom he will pass the baton in the next weeks.

Baton #15 - 

Erin Flanagan completed the Philadelphia Marathon in October and has decided to pass the baton from this race to Jeremy Lawrence, family friend, who will be competing at Boulder Ironman in August 2016 (see above).

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

Upcoming Events

Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Program
MOU Signing Ceremony
Mattatuck Museum
Waterbury, CT
Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Paint Nite and Silent Auction
Hosted by Kristen Havey
Barking Dog Ale House
Haverhill, MA
Thursday, January 28th, 2016


CMAK at Rockin' Jump Trampoline Park
Trumbull, CT
Thursday, Feb 18th, 2016

Run for Sandy Hook Families
Fairfield Hills
Newtown, CT
Saturday, April 2nd, 2016


Race4Chase 2016 Boston Marathon Team

Boston, MA
Monday, April 19th, 2016

Rev3 Quassy Olympic Triathlon
Quassy Park
Middletown, CT
Saturday, June 4th, 2016

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