Trumbull residents Rock N’ Roll to honor Sandy Hook victims

LEG LUBE: Several Trumbull residents are gearing up to honor Sandy Hook victims and raise money for the Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund. Maureen Gutowski and Margaret Walsh are fitness trainers at Fitness 4000 in Monroe, Connecticut where Rebecca Kowalski is a member. On December 14, 2012, Kowalski was finishing a fitness class while her son, Chase, was at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. A gunman opened fire and took the lives of six adults and 20 children. Unfortunately, one of those children was Chase Kowalski.

Gutowski and Walsh spent the holidays wondering how they could help support the fund that was created by Rebecca and Steve Kowalski to honor the memory of their son. Both are avid runners and have completed 10 marathons between them, so they decided to take their mission “on the road”.

Gutowski said, “We decided on doing the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon in Washington D.C. because it was the closest to Connecticut and the soonest big race.” Gutowski remembers Chase from the days he came to the gym with his mom. “The organizers of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon could not have been more helpful in helping support this cause on their website,” added Walsh. “It is absolutely amazing watching people come together for such a wonderful cause,” said Cristine Frietze, Charity Coordinator at Competitor Group, the race organizer. Due to the publicity on the Rock ‘n’ Roll website, a runner from Virginia is going to run his first marathon to honor Sandy Hook victims and raise money with Gutowski and Walsh.

Special race shirts were designed for the race by Austin Baskett, President of LEG LUBE LLC and were produced by the Trumbull company, Event Swag. “When I showed the shirt design to some of the other Fitness 4000 employees, everyone wanted one!” said Gutowski. Jim Lynch, President of Event Swag said, “I have produced race shirts for a lot of fundraisers. This one was an honor to produce because the tragedy was so close to home.” The shirt has the names of all 26 victims on the back. Walsh added, “I am certain this will be my most emotional marathon experience.  I will have the names of all Sandy Hook victims on my back and with each of the 26 miles, one mile will be dedicated to each victim.”

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