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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 2003, we were surprised to learn he had Down syndrome.  Even more surprising was finding out he had a serious heart defect.  The first few months were difficult. Joe came home on oxygen after 5 days in the Good Samaritan 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 prior to surgery.  At 5½ 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 and healthy 12 year old who swims, rides his bike, runs, plays all sports and enjoys school.  In all of this, the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati (DSAGC) has been there to support us.  Within hours of his birth, they provided informational packets to us, our family, and our 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 DVDs from their free lending library on a wide range of topics from heart defects, to sign language, to financial planning.  We have benefitted 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 21, 2016 at the Clermont County YMCA!

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.

The Scene

I can’t think of any reason whatsoever to not support and participate in such a great cause and event.  This single event encompasses all reasons most of us participate in events all at a single venue.  First a great city: Cincinnati, Ohio.  Second, a super cause, Down syndrome and Joe, to support.  The venue is another incredible YMCA facility.   Finally, you get a first class event experience with a great sprint distance on an awesome course.  Bottom line, support the cause and register, and then bring the entire family to participate in one of the many events offered, meet Joe and the family, and enjoy a great day at the YMCA of Clermont County.

Register the family now and we will see you there!

Date / Location

Saturday May 21, 2016 Clermont County YMCA

7:45 a.m. First athlete in the water Start

7:50 a.m. Duathlon start

8:00 a.m. 5k Start

10 ish – Kids Fun Run

Clermont YMCA
2075 James Sauls Drive, Batavia, Ohio 45103


Super Sprint Triathlon: 200m pool swim, 10k bike, 1mile run
Sprint Triathlon: 500m pool swim, 20k bike, 5k run  (long course 50m pool)
Duathlon: 1mi. run, 20k bike, 5k run
5k run / walk 
Aquabike: 500m Swim, 20k Bike

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.



There are no awards for the Super Sprint Distance.

Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women Overall in each event, excluded from their age group
Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women within each of the following age groups 
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 220lbs or more)
Top 3 Athenas in Olympic and Sprint Triathlons 39 and under and 40+ categories 
(Athena = Females 160lbs or more)

Masters are awarded to the 1st place Male and 1st Place Female who are 40+ within the Olympic/Long Course and Half distance Triathlons and excluded from age group.

Awards will in NO circumstances be given out early, or individually before the awards ceremony.  If you need to leave before 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.


Clermont County YMCA

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati

Support Crews
Volunteers from Greater Cincinnati Down Syndrome, friends, and family. 

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