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Southington, Conn. — Nearly 500 children are expected to participate in the finale of the statewide Race4Chase youth triathlon program founded by the family of a boy killed in the Sandy Hook shootings.

The parents of 7-year-old Chase Kowalski started the program. The boy had competed in his first youth triathlon just months before he was killed along with 25 others at Sandy Hook Elementary school in December 2012.

The six-week day camp programs, most in conjunction with local YMCAs, teach children the fundamentals of swimming, biking, running, good nutrition, strength and flexibility.

All the athletes from Connecticut will come together Saturday at the YMCA’s Camp Sloper to compete in sanctioned triathlons.

The free day camps were offered this summer at 20 locations in Connecticut, Rhode Island and South Carolina.

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