“Chase the Coast” Triathlon Traverses Coastline of Nutmeg State

In an exciting new development for CMAK inspired by Chase and the Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Program, experienced triathletes, Heather Theriault and Christine Kopcha, will be embarking on a quest to complete a triathlon from the southern most point of Connecticut to the Rhode Island border along the coastline.  The non competitive triathlon will begin at the Byram Park Marina in Greenwich CT with a 2 mile swim to the Indian Harbor Yacht Club on Steamboat Road then transition to the 110 mile cycle and proceed up the Connecticut coast to Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme, then continue on foot for a marathon distance to finish at Wilcox Park in Westerly, RI.

“Chase the Coast” Triathlon is the vision of Heather Theriault, mother, fitness instructor and triathlete, who was inspired by Chase and the impact that the Race4Chase Triathlon Program had on her daughter at the Westbrook site in 2015. She was so impressed by the positive result on her daughter from the free six week triathlon training program and the success at the program’s FINALE triathlon at YMCA Camp Sloper in Southington CT that she wanted to do something to support and expand the program so more children could experience the same.  As a CT resident and experience triathlete, completing multiple Ironman competitions, Heather and fellow triathlete, Christine Kopcha, approached CMAK to create a fundraiser around an endurance triathlon that would span the entire Connecticut coastline and in this way raise money and awareness of the Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Program.

You can support their effort through donation, sponsorship or volunteering on the day of the triathlon.


Event Description:

A non-competitive “IronChase” Triathlon (Swim/Bike/Run) consisting of an approx. 2 miles swim from Byram Park Marina to Indian Harbor Yacht Club (IHYC) in Greenwich CT, 110 mile cycle from IHYC to Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme, CT and 26.2 mile run from East Lyme, CT to Westerly, RI

Participants will remain together throughout the course, obey all traffic laws and be fully supported throughout the journey by volunteers.

Date:  Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Time:  6:00 am – 11:00 pm

Start: Byram Park Marina, Greenwich CT

Finish: Wilcox Park, Westerly, Rhode Island

Particiapnts: Experienced triathletes, Heather Theriault and Christine Kopcha from Clinton CT. Other Participants, if any, up to eight maximum will be chosen by invitation only.


All proceeds of fundraising event will be directed toward the Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Program of the CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation (501c3 #: 80-0876773). All contributions tax deductible.


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For entities that want to become sponsors, please contact Kevin Grimes atkgrimes@chasekowalskifund.com


For individuals who want to volunteer as part of the participant support team, please contact Kevin Grimes at kgrimes@chasekowalskifund.com

Course Routing

Swim: 2.5 miles: Byram Park Marina- Indian Harbor Yacht Club, Greenwich CT

Bike: 110 miles: Indian Harbor Yacht Club – Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme, CT

Run: 26.2 miles:  East Lyme – Westerly R.I.

Link to Course Routing :  Swim – Bike – Run

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