Charities team up to provide kids with bikes for triathlons

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HARTFORD — A kids’ triathlon program created by the family of a Sandy Hook victim is getting some help from another Connecticut charity as it expands throughout the state and beyond.

Bikes for Kids is providing 200 bicycles to be used in the Race4Chase Youth Triathlon program, which was created by the parents of Chase Kowalski. Chase competed in his first kids triathlon just months before the 7-year-old was killed along with 19 classmates and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary school in 2012.

The six-week triathlon training camps started in 2014 at a YMCA branch in western Connecticut. They are now in 14 YMCAs in Connecticut and another in South Carolina, with more expansion plans on the horizon.

Campers who don’t have bikes will be able to take one home.