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Tri for Joe

May 24, 2014 - Cincinnati, Ohio

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Why We Tri for Joe

 Why we TRI for Joe This event is inspired by, and in honor of our son Joe. When Joe was born in August of 2003 we were shocked to learn he had Down syndrome. Even more devastating was finding out that he had a serious heart defect. The first few months were difficult. Joe came home on oxygen after 5 days in the Good Sam Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. He soon developed congestive heart failure as a result of the defect, which was managed with medicines while we worked hard to help him gain weight after surgery. At 5 and 1/2 months of age he had open heart surgery to repair his heart. Joe’s recovery from this major surgery amazed us and he hasn’t stopped amazing us since. Joe is a happy, healthy 8 year old who swims, rides his bike, runs and enjoys school. In all of this, the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati has been a great support to us. Within hours of Joe’s birth they provided informational packets to us, our family and friends. We have attended monthly meetings with guest speakers on a variety of topics for parents of children with Down syndrome. We have borrowed dozens of books, audio tapes, and DVD’s from their free lending library on a wide range of topics from heart defects, to sign language, to financial planning. We have benefited so much from the friendships, support and education that are all a result of this great organization. We are honored that the DSAGC continues to celebrate Joe and all individuals with Down syndrome. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday May 25th!
The Gerstle Family

Tom, Jennifer, Joe, Anna and Lydia

Down Syndrome Association

 The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati was formed in 1981 by a small group of parents who envisioned a better life for their children. It has grown into a nationally recognized non-profit organization serving over 1400 people with Down syndrome, their families, extended families, health care providers and teachers as well as the larger community. Our dedicated Board, staff and

volunteers rely totally on private contributions. We offer free programs and services focusing on every stage of life. Our mission is to empower individuals, educate families, enhance communities and together, celebrate the extraordinary lives of people with Down syndrome.

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The Scene

 I can’t think of any reason what so ever to not support and participate in such a great cause and event.  This single event encompasses all reason’s most of us participate in events all at a single venue.  First a great city in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Second a super cause in Down Syndrome and Joe to support.  As if that is not enough the venue is opening day at Coney Island Amusement park with a free ticket to each participant.  Finally you get a first class event experience with a great sprint distance format on an awesome course right at the amusement park.  Bottom line, support the cause and register, bring the entire family to participate in one of the many events offered, then take the family for a great FREE quality family time at Coney Island Amusement park for the day!  

Register the family now and we will see you there! 

Date / Location

Saturday May 24,2014 Coney Island Amusement Park

7:00 a.m. Start

7:10 a.m. 5k Start

9 ish – Kids Fun Run

Cincinnati, Ohio



500m pool swim, 20k bike, 5k run

5k run, 20k bike, 5k run

5k run / walk 

2013 Top Overall
Women Triathlon:1:05:41-Kelly Rimler
Men Triathlon:55:21-Michael Pelechaty
Women Duathlon:1:30:30-April Shereda
Men Duathlon:1:09:38-Jason Burlage
Women 5k: 21:19-Cindy Moore
Men 5k: 16:37-Gregory Dickman


Please follow parking signs when arriving at the venue.  


Unless otherwise noted events will include:
A custom event shirt, custom finishers momento, sponsor supplied samples, professional chip timing with results available online, awards to top three in each age group, a great sponsor supplied raffle and awards ceremony following the last finisher.  Also the best post race snack table out there.



 Please CLICK HERE for awards mail form.

Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women Overall in each event, excluded from their agegroup
Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women within each of the following agegroups
19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

Top 3 Clydesdales in Olympic and Sprint Triathlons 39 and under and 40+ categories (Clydesdale =  Male 200lbs or more)
Top 3 Athenas in Olympic and Sprint Triathlons 39 and under and 40+ categories (Athena = Females 150lbs or more)
Masters are awarded to the 1st place Male and 1st Place Female who is 40+ within the Olympic/Long Course and Half distance Triathlons and excluded from agegroup

Awards will in NO circumstances be given out early, or individually before the awards ceremony.  If you must depart for the awards ceremony you may opt to pay a shipping and processing fee and have the award mailed to you.  Please see the link above and under the forms page. You MUST send the form within 2 weeks following the event with a check or money order, one fee per award in order to receive your award.  Please understand we have NO control over the US postal service.


Coney Island

Trek Bicycle Stores of Cincinnati, Coca-Cola, Financial Management Group, Fleet Feet

Special thanks to David Specht and Area Wide Protective Inc.

Support Crews