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No Stopping An Ironman: Waaler’s Sandy Hook IronChase Is Saturday



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For Nick Waaler, the day long anticipated is just around the corner. Unperturbed by the cancellation of the Lake Placid Ironman, he has now completed all his long training sessions in the pool and on the roads and he is ready to complete a Full Ironman distance (2.4m swim, 112m bike, 26.2m run) in memory of Chase Kowalski, who was a victim of the Sandy Hook School shooting.

Nick’s Sandy Hook IronChase will begin in the pool at the Newtown Community Center (NCC) at 5 am, on Saturday, September 5. The bike route will begin and end at NCC and take him as far north as Woodbury and as far south as Stamford, passing through the town of Southbury, Newtown, Monroe, Easton, Westport, Norwalk, and Darien. Much of his run will take place on the Monroe Bike Trail, including twice passing Chase’s bench at Great Hollow Lake in Wolfe Park in Monroe. Waaler will finish his adventure at the Kowalski house in Sandy Hook late in the evening.

In case of inclement weather, Waaler has chosen Sunday, September 6, as the rain date.

Waaler has so far raised over $5,000 in support of CMAK Foundation, with a goal of reaching $10,000 by race day.

Support Waaler’s goal by donating at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/race4chase-ironman-lake-placid-team/nickandneasawaaler.

Nick Waaler, center, is not letting the cancellation of the Lake Placid Ironman competition stop him. He will compete against himself in his own IronChase on Saturday, September 5, to benefit the CMAK Foundation.—photo courtesy Joy Savulak
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