Race weekend raises awareness for Kids in Crisis

Fairfield County’s favorite family race series returns to Stamford for another year of feel-good fun, for a good cause! The Navigators Stamford KIC IT Race Weekend features five races over a two-day span, including the Navigators Stamford KIC IT Kids Triathlon on Saturday, June 11, 2016, and the Navigators Stamford KIC IT Olympic and Sprint Triathlons and 5k and 10k road races on Sunday, June 12. The Navigators Stamford KIC IT Race Weekend raises awareness and funds for Kids in Crisis, a free emergency shelter and 24-hour crisis counseling resource for Fairfield County children and families. Registration for the popular races opens Monday, Feb. 1 at kicittriathlon.com.

This year, fundraising is more important than ever, as Kids in Crisis works to overcome a significant budget cut of $750,000 from the State of Connecticut. Sprint and Olympic triathletes who choose to fundraise will receive a very big “thank you” from Kids in Crisis: they will enjoy a sharply discounted registration fee of $20 or $40 — and if they fundraise $750 or more, entry will be free. 5k and 10k runners who raise $250 or more also earn free entry, and kid triathletes only need to raise $150 to race for free. Fundraising is not only a great way to help an important cause, but good for the wallet as well! Kids in Crisis helps athlete-fundraisers every step of the way with tools and benefits to achieve fundraising goals. More information about this special incentive and how to sign up can be found at kicittriathlon.com.

“This year, fundraising is especially critical,” said Shari Shapiro, Executive Director of Kids in Crisis. “We are committed to being here for children and families who need help, and with the support of the community we will be able to continue fulfilling our mission. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and this resonates strongly during difficult times like these. We encourage athletes to consider fundraising, and enjoy discounted or complimentary entry as a small token of our thanks.”

KidsTri_LogoFULLThe Navigators Stamford KIC IT Kids Triathlon will be held at Cove Beach in Stamford. Children ages 6-13 have the opportunity to participate! Three separate events will be held for each age group. Ages 6 and 7 will complete a 50 meter swim, 0.8 mile bike course and half mile run; ages 8 to 10 will complete a 50 meter swim, 2.5 mile bike course and half mile run; and ages 11 to 13 will complete a 150 meter swim, 4 mile bike course and 1 mile run. The Navigators Stamford KIC IT Kids Triathlon is a great opportunity for children to participate in an enjoyable athletic event that promotes a healthy lifestyle, provides a chance to meet new friends and builds self-confidence. The event is perfect for experienced racers and first time triathletes alike. Prizes will be awarded to top age group winners. Every child will receive a custom medal after crossing the finish line. There will be free fun and games after!

The very next morning, two triathlons and two running races take center stage. The Navigators Stamford KIC IT Olympic Triathlon boasts a .9 mile swim at Cummings Beach in Long Island Sound, a 24.8 mile bike ride through downtown and North Stamford, and an exciting and fast 6.2 mile run. The Navigators Stamford KIC IT Sprint Triathlon will be run as a separate race, and will be contested on portions of the Olympic course. Both beginners and experienced triathletes alike will enjoy the Sprint’s 0.5 mile swim, 13.9 mile bike, and 3.2 mile run. Both Olympic and Sprint races are USA Triathlon-certified and can be run by indivduals doing all three legs of the race, or as a relay team with each member performing one or two legs.

NavigatorsKICITFULLBack by popular demand, the Navigators Stamford KIC IT 5K and 10K return. These events are great options for beginner and competitive runners alike, as well as family members and spectators of the triathlon participants. Held on the same day as the Navigators Stamford KIC IT Triathlon, the run courses are USA Track and Field-certified and promise to provide runners with lots of support! Both courses follow the triathlon’s respective run courses as standalone road races with their very own start times. Walkers and runners of all abilities are encouraged to participate.

The much-loved Family Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Free and open to the public, it will feature live music, food, caricatures, face painting, carnival games and more. This do-not-miss event promises fun for the whole family!

Corporate sponsorships are available; sponsors of the Stamford KIC IT Triathlon and Kids Triathlon will receive multi-channel marketing opportunities, relationship building opportunities, team building experience for employees and customers, public relations coverage, and increased awareness among key communities. For more information, visit kicittriathlon.com.

The Navigators Stamford KIC IT Triathlon (www.kicttriathlon.com) was created in 2008 to support the emergency shelter and community programs offered by Kids in Crisis. In 2014, it gained a title sponsor, The Navigators Group, Inc., an international specialty insurance holding company, headquartered just blocks from the Triathlon’s finish line in downtown Stamford. Since its introduction, the Navigators Stamford KIC IT Triathlon Race Weekend has grown into an outstanding athletic event attracting competitors from across the country, while maintaining a special focus on offering a fun family experience. The Navigators Stamford KIC IT Triathlon, Kids Triathlon and 5k & 10k raise awareness and funds for Kids in Crisis, a free emergency shelter and 24-hour crisis counseling resource for Fairfield County children and families.

KidsInCrisislogoFULLKids in Crisis (www.kidsincrisis.org) is Connecticut’s only free, round-the-clock agency providing emergency shelter, crisis counseling and community educational programs for children of all ages and families dealing with a wide range of crises – domestic violence, mental health and family problems, substance abuse, economic difficulties and more. Since its founding in 1978, Kids in Crisis has helped more than 132,000 Connecticut children and families; last year, 6,184 children and families received assistance from the organization. 

Chris Thomas competing in the 2013 Stamford KIC IT Triathlon, which he won.

Chris Thomas competing in the 2013 Stamford KIC IT Triathlon, which he won.

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