Mitch Chepokas has done more good for kids and families than he will ever know. The generous spirit of the 9-year-old Chanhassen boy, who died in 2003 after a battle with cancer, lives on in the good works and heartfelt efforts of those who knew him and those who did not.
The Miracles of Mitch Foundation raises money for families who have a sick child and are struggling to pay bills – an idea based on a “pinky swear” that Mitch asked of his dad, Steve, before his death.
The biggest fundraiser, the MiracleKids Triathlon, will have two races this year for kids – one at Lake Ann, its original location, and one at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. Both will take place in August and are for kids in two categories: ages 7-10 and ages 11-17. Since its first event in 2004, the tri has raised more than $1 million dollars.
In the August issue of Southwest Metro Magazine, available August 1 at southwestmetromag.com, learn more about the triathlon, the organization and how some special people who knew Mitch Chepokas continue to honor the memory of their friend.
Until then, here’s the scoop on the MiracleKids Triathlons this year:
The Miracles of Mitch Foundation sponsors MiracleKids Tiratholons in Minneapolis and Chanhassen each year. The first will be held on Saturday, August 4 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis.
On Saturday, August 18, there will be a second triathlon at Lake Ann in Chanhassen (the original site for the event) beginning at 8:30 a.m. There are two divisions for each race—one for kids ages 7-10 (100 yd swim, 3 mile bike and ½ mile run) and the other for kids ages 11-17 (200 yd swim, 6 mile bike and 1 mile run).