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November 18, 2013

Family of Newtown victim starts triathlon program

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NEWTOWN, Conn. —

"I left a note inside about paying it forward, taking the baton and doing something athletic with it, and passing it on," he said.

An 11-year-old girl, Alexis Garrity, took the baton to Florida, where she completed her first 5K in October. She had never run a mile before joining the group that helped Bresnahan finish his run.

"It was way harder than I thought it would be," she said. "I had to keep going I had to finish and not let anybody down especially Chase's family."

She has passed the baton to a family friend, who had lost a son at a young age. That woman plans to run a race on Dec. 14 in St. Augustine, Fla., and then pass the baton.

Rebecca Kowalski said that is the kind of thing she and her husband, Stephen, had hoped for when she started Race4Chase.

"It keeps his spirit alive," she said. "It's hard, but it makes me feel good that he inspires people to just go and do things, and inspires families to do things together."

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