2017 Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Program: 20 sites in Three States Confirmed!

Five New Race4Chase Sites confirmed at MOU Signing ceremonies!

CMAK is proud to announce that the Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Program is expanding in 2017 by five sites.  CMAK has accepted the applications from the fifteen sites which operated the program in 2016, plus an additional five new sites.  Three of these sites will be an expansion of the Program in South Carolina while two sites have been selected in the State of Rhode Island.

An MOU signing ceremony took place on Thursday, January 26th at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury where CMAK confirmed its commitment to fund these programs and the program sites committed to operate the programs by the Race4Chase standards.

The twenty programs should served upwards of 600 youth in the six week training program which culminates in a USAT-sanction FINALE triathlon.  There will be three FINALE triathlon, namely Camp Sloper Southington CT (August 5th), Upper Palmetto, Fort Mill, SC and Rhode Island (Place and Time to be determined).

The MOU ceremony at the Mattatuck Museum was a time to celebrate the success of the 15 Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Program sites in 2016 and welcome to the CMAK family the program from Rhode Island.  We thank Colleen Kelly Alexander and State Sen Tony Hwang who shared with those gathered their personal experiences with Race4Chase and the YMCA.

Colleen and Sean Alexander (l) and Tony Hwang (r)

CMAK is very excited to welcome the Pawtucket and Newport sites which both have wonderful facilities to train the athletes and stage the FINALE.  CMAK will provide these new programs with bicycles and helmets through its partnership with Bikes for Kids from Old Saybrook, CT.

Charlie Clifford – Pawtucket YMCA            Mike Miller – Newport YMCA

All the twenty programs will have the opportunity to allow the program participants who do not own bicycles to take a bike home with them after the FINALE.  Bikes for Kids will replenish the programs with bicycles.  Everyone is looking forward to another exciting year bringing Chase’s love of triathloning to so many of our youth.

On Thursday, January 19th, 2017, CMAK and the Upper Palmetto Regional YMCA celebrated its agreement to expand the Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Program from one to four sites with an MOU signing ceremony at center court at halftime of the Winthrop University basketball victory over UNC Asheville.  Rebecca Kowalski, Greg Ruel and Kevin Grimes from CMAK are pictured presenting three Race4Chase Chase Kids Program Site Plaques to Moe Bell, the CEO of the Upper Palmetto YMCA, just after the signing. These plaques will be prominently displayed at each of the new Race4Chase sites. Scott Sartwell of York, SC (far right) and member of the 2017 Race4Chase Boston Marathon Team organize this event with the assistance of Pat Kelsey, Winthrop’s Head Basketball coach, and his staff, as a fundraiser for his Boston Marathon fundraising campaign (Donated to Campaign).  Coach Kelsey was instrumental in bringing the Race4Chase to the Fort Mill area after forming a strong friendship with the Kowalski family after the tragedy.  ESPNU highlighted CMAK and this relationship in their national coverage of the game.

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