On Sunday, August 13th from 1 PM to 5 PM the Newport County YMCA, Fort Adams Trust and the CMAK Foundation, will host an affordable, family end of summer celebration called “Chasing Summer” at Fort Adams. The event is the celebration of the Y’s inaugural Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Program. There will be music, food, games and plenty of fun!

The Race4Chase Program aims to provide kids, aged 6-12, with a safe, healthy, non-competitive environment to discover the sport of triathlon. Designed as a 6-week goal oriented summer program, participants are provided with expert instruction in swimming, cycling, running, strength training and flexibility and being taught the fundamentals of good nutrition, under the supportive guidance of coaches, lifeguards and instructors to get ready for a USAT-sanctioned race. Implementing a custom-designed training program the coaches provide the youth athletes with all the equipment, knowledge and one-on-one support they need to become tri-athletes and lifelong athletes.

The Program is created in memory of Chase Kowalski. Chase was an amazing son, brother, and friend who was taken from the world on 12/14/12 in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. He loved sports of all kinds and had an incredibly competitive spirit. His family’s vision is “to turn tragedy into triumph by healing and strengthening our families and communities”. The Kowalski family wanted to capture Chase’s competitive spirit and vitality in creating a charity in his honor with a focus on health and wellness for children and their families. The CMAK (Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski) Foundation has pursued programs and initiatives that encourage personal improvement, healthy lifestyles and strong family and communities.

“As soon as we learned about the Race4Chase program we knew we had to bring it to Rhode Island. In Connecticut, nearly 600 young athletes participate in this annual event. The Newport County YMCA and the YMCA of Pawtucket have now brought this event to the Ocean State. We are fortunate to have incredible sponsors including Fort Adams Trust, Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant, Gray Matter Marketing, Fransson Landscapes LLC, the RI DEM, the Newport Daily News, Newport Mercury, the CMAK Foundation and Sail Newport. With the support of the families of participants, member of the Y community and our sponsors, we are excited to host the Chasing Summer event open to all,” Mike Miller, CEO, Newport County YMCA.

“Fort Adams Trust is proud to be able to partner with the YMCA to bring the first Race4Chase program to Rhode Island and hopes the “Chasing Summer” event will be the first of what will become an annual event,” Joe Dias, Executive Director, Fort Adams Trust.

All proceeds from Sunday’s event will go right back into the Race4Chase program that provides scholarships for the participants. Suggested donations are $5 for a child, $10 for an adult and $25 for an entire family.

For more information on this event, visit http://newportymca.org/race4chase.php or http://www.cmakfoundation.org/race4chase-2/.

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