Family of Newtown victim starts triathlon program

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Associated Press

Posted on November 17, 2013 at 1:01 PM

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The family of one of the 20 children killed last year in Newtown is teaming with the YMCA to create a triathlon program for kids.

The Race4Chase triathlons are being based on an existing program at the Greater Waterbury YMCA that teaches children how to swim and ride bicycles, and has them compete in a short-course triathlon.

Chase Kowalski competed in a triathlon when he was just 6 years old, months before he was killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

His story has inspired marathoners, runners and triathletes across the country to raise money for the Kowalski's foundation, logging their miles on the Race4Chase website.

One of the first Race4Chase triathlons is being planned for Newtown-area children next July in Monroe, where the school was relocated after the tragedy.

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