Meet Triathlon winner at pre-race celebration

Anticipation is building for one of Stamford’s biggest summer events, the Navigators Stamford KIC IT Race Weekend, set to take place Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28.

Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas

What better way to get out the pre-race jitters than a celebration on Thursday, June 18 with elite triathlete and 2-time Navigators Stamford KIC IT Triathlon winner Chris Thomas. The event will take place at exclusive CLAY Health Club + Spa, located on the Greenwich-Port Chester border at 11 Riverdale Avenue in Port Chester, N.Y. All guests are invited to enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres starting at 7 p.m.

A private reception will be held for fundraising athletes of the Navigators Stamford KIC IT Triathlon, 5k and 10k from 7-8 p.m. Thomas will chat one-on-one with athletes and share race tips. Individuals interested in taking advantage of this rare opportunity can become fundraising athletes by signing up at www.kicittriathlon.com.

Thomas is the 2009 USA Triathlon Amateur Athlete of the Year; 2012, 2013, 2014 USA Triathlon Masters Athlete of the Year; 2014 USA Triathlon Olympic National Championship Masters Champion; 4-time Ironman 70.3 World Championship Age Group Winner (2008, 2009, 2012, 2013); 17-time 70.3 Overall Amateur Champion; and 8-time Ironman World Champion Finisher (4 times placing top 10 in his age group).

Following the private reception, Thomas will deliver an inspirational talk open to the general public on his journey to becoming one of the best amateur triathletes in the country, from 8-9 p.m.

The Navigators Stamford KIC IT Triathlon Race Weekend has grown into an outstanding series of athletic events – including a kids triathlon, Olympic and sprint triathlons, and new 5k and 10k runs – attracting competitors from across the country, while maintaining a special focus on offering a fun family experience. Athletes interesting in registering may visit www.kicittriathlon.com for more information. The entire weekend benefits Kids in Crisis (www.kidsincrisis.org), 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 124,000 Connecticut children and families; last year, more than 6,000 children and families received assistance from the organization.       

Title sponsor The Navigators Group, Inc. is an international specialty insurance holding company with insurance company operations, underwriting management companies, and operations at Lloyd’s. With its corporate headquarters in Connecticut and insurance operations based in New York and London, Navigators has offices in major insurance centers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe, as well as representatives in China and Brazil.

New York City’s CLAY Health Club + Spa has opened its second location at the junction of Port Chester, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut. The location, at 11 Riverdale Avenue in Port Chester, serves both Greenwich and Westchester residents. Opened Fall 2014, it has proven to be a welcome departure from the health club norm. The club, at 25,000 square feet, has a refined fit and finish, featuring a double sided glass fireplace, abundant natural light, a wall of windows overlooking the Byram River, roof deck and member lounge, full service natural café, concierge service, amenities from Malin + Goetz, indoor valet parking and a full, state of the art health club. Additionally, the club features a full service Spa and five dedicated training studios including: Group Fitness, Spin, Yoga, Reformer Pilates and a Golf Studio featuring GEARS 3 dimensional swing analysis. To learn more about CLAY Health Club + Spa, visit www.insideclay.com.

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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