After an appeal went out via GOOD Morning Wilton to the community for donations of 52 gently used bicycles, the groups involved with the Wilton Family YMCA program “Race4Chase” kids’ triathlon program worked Tuesday to get the bikes in tip-top shape for the children who will be using them.
Volunteers from the Wilton Police Department, Outdoor Sports Center, Realty Seven, Dorel Sports (Cannondale Bicycles) and the Wilton and Norwalk (Riverbrook) YMCA were on hand to help get the bikes tuned up quickly.
Race4Chase is a program administered through YMCAs to helps kids in need, in honor of 6-year-old Sandy Hook victim Chase Kowalski. Chase, who loved triathlons, inspired the “Race4Chase” movement which gets kids who typically wouldn’t have access to summer programs and organized exercise involved in a triathlon program. In its third year, there are now 55 kids ages 6-14 enrolled in the six-week program, taking part in a daily training summer camp and getting ready to run, bike and swim.