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Swim For Smiles – Coming to Briar Chapel

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 / Newland Communities

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – July 1, 2013 – Briar Chapel, a new home community in Chapel Hill, NC, today announced that it will host the 2013 Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon September 8th. Swim for Smiles is the country’s second largest children’s triathlon, with proceeds benefitting the nearby North Carolina Children’s Hospital.


Swim for Smiles has drawn as many as 850 participants in the past, making space a top priority as it enters its seventh year. As such, the event’s planners are excited to partner with Briar Chapel, which boasts ample open space needed for the competition’s running and biking portions, as well as a Junior-Olympic saltwater pool to accommodate the swim races. With the expanded venue, Swim for Smiles is optimistic it will have its biggest triathlon to date.


“Swim for Smiles is the perfect event to take place at Briar Chapel: It promotes an active, outdoor lifestyle and gives back to the Chapel Hill community,” said Kristen Gucwa, Regional Marketing Director at Newland Communities. “We’re excited to lend a helping hand and be part of this fun and important competition.”


“We’re thrilled to have found a venue that can accommodate our safety and space needs,” said Gary Kayye, co-founder of Swim for Smiles. “We’re looking forward to the first of what we hope will be many smooth races at Briar Chapel!”


Open to participants ages 5-18, Swim for Smiles is a USA-Triathlon sanctioned event that includes both a short and long course. To register for Swim for Smiles, go to:


To learn more about Briar Chapel, visit


Briar Chapel is owned in a joint venture between NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, LLC (NASH), the US business unit and full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan’s largest homebuilder and leading diversified developer, and NEWLAND REAL ESTATE GROUP, LLC, whose development business, Newland Communities, is the master developer of the community. It is one of 30 assets the NASH-Newland partnership manages together in 11 states across the US.


About Briar Chapel by Newland Communities®

Briar Chapel is a new home community in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. As the largest green community in the Triangle, Briar Chapel offers a healthier way of life through 900 acres of preserved space, 24 miles of hiking and biking trails, two community gardens, and over 20 parks. Briar Chapel fosters neighbor interactions through its design and amenities, including the LEED Silver certified Briar Club, pools and a waterpark, fitness facilities, outdoor art, and two on-site schools. The Briar Chapel Information Center is located at 16 Windy Knoll Circle, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. Learn more about Briar Chapel by following us on and, visiting us at, or calling us at 888.249.9429.


About Newland Real Estate Group, LLC

Newland is a diversified real estate company leveraging a national platform and over 40 years of experience to perform challenging and diverse development, investment, management, and advisory services across a wide range of real estate. The company’s mixed-use development business, Newland Communities, actively owns, operates and develops premier residential master-planned, commercial, retail, and urban mixed-use real estate across the U.S. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Newland and its affiliated companies have completed, or have underway, more than 140 diverse real estate developments, more than 20 million square feet of commercial and retail space, and 175,000 residential units in 14 states.



NASH was established in 2010 as the U.S. business operations unit and a full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan's largest homebuilder and a leading diversified developer since 1960. SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD. has built more than two million houses to date and expanded its operations to Australia, China, Singapore, and the U.S.  NASH establishes joint ventures to build innovative and sustainability-conscious master planned communities across the US. NASH is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.


SEKISUI HOUSE is headquartered in Osaka, Japan. 

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