Powerhouses from the worlds of sports and politics will serve as the co-chairmen for the fifth annual Stamford KIC IT Triathlon. Kids in Crisis will be the beneficiary of the July 1 Olympic-distance triathlon. Basketball great Allan Houston; amateur triathlete of the year Chris Thomas; Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy; and Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia will host the event, which draws athletes from throughout the region and the country to swim, bike and run from the shoreline to downtown and into North Stamford on a course that attracts beginners and experienced triathletes alike.

"The Stamford KIC IT Triathlon is very fortunate this year to have not one, but four incredible chairmen," race coordinator Jon Stellwagen said in a release. "The participation of Gov. Malloy and Stamford Mayor Pavia -- who have served as chairmen previously -- communicates that this race is a signature event for the state of Connecticut as well as the city of Stamford."

"Having Allan Houston and Chris Thomas, both extraordinary athletes, on board for this race reiterates the excitement and physical challenge of a triathlon and this event in particular," Stellwagen said in a release. "We know their involvement -- including Chris' participation in the race itself -- will inspire others to enter and achieve their best. We are excited to have these four men join our triathlon team."

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In addition to pre-event activities, the triathlon chairmen will participate in many ways throughout the day of the race, including launching the event at Cummings Beach, driving the lead vehicles as the bikers wind their way on the course, waiting at the finish line, leading the presentation of awards and opening the Family Festival in Columbus Park at the conclusion of the race.

The Stamford KIC IT Triathlon benefits Kids in Crisis, Connecticut's only free agency providing emergency shelter, crisis counseling and community educational programs for children of all ages and for 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 107,000 Connecticut children and families; last year, more than 5,000 children and families received assistance from the organization.

For information about the race or to register, visit www.kicittriathlon.com.