Tri for Joe
Have a great time! This is a charity event established in honor of Joe Gerstle to support a great organization. Many of the athletes and volunteers have been touched by Joe. You will see his uncles parking cars, aunts checking you in at registration, Grandpa, Mom, and cousins participating, sisters running wild, Dad putting out cones, and many friends/therapists/teachers/nurses/doctors out to race. Joe will be out on the course on race day, so give him a high five as he goes by.
Triathlon & Aquabike will begin at 8:00am
5k Run/Walk will begin 10 minutes later at the finish chute next to the Transition Area.
Opens - 6:00am
No friends or family members allowed in the transition area for any reason. The race director and race officials will close the transition area 30-45 minutes before race start to ensure all athletes are at the starting area for mandatory course meeting and announcements. Once the transition area is closed, you will NOT be permitted back in before the race starts. Family/Friends will not be permitted in for any reason at any time throughout the event.
When the last cyclist is off the course and has headed out for the run. This time is variable and we will make announcements at the event when the transition area is ready to re-open.
Any athletes removing gear from transition areas before the announcer or race director has officially opened the transition area will be DISQUALIFIED from the race! This pertains to all athletes of all distances. All athletes deserve a clear transition.
In the event of inclement weather, it is recommended you have warm, dry clothing outside the transition area to put on following your finish due to other athletes still being on the bike course.
When you have completed the race, please do NOT enter the transition area wearing your timing chip. PLEASE remove your chip before re-entering the transition area and exiting again. This will cause a timing error.
You must rack according to your race number, based on the sequence numbers placed at the end of each row. Please remember racks will hold 7 bikes racked with the seat tip on support bar. Please be courteous to fellow athletes to ensure there is space for 7 bikes on a rack. If there is not enough room for your bike on your designated rack, please see a 3D Team member and we will help. Please do not move another athletes bike or gear.
Located at the run in/out chute with water and electrolyte replacement.
Run In/Out and Bike In/Out chutes are clearly marked on the large structures at either end. It is your responsibility to go the right direction while racing in the transition area.
Swim: 200m or 500m Pool Swim
The swim will take place in the YMCA’s outdoor pool. It will be a serpentine style course with a time trial start. That simply means you will swim down in lane 1, back in 2, down in 3, back in 4, and so on. You will be seeded according to your TRUE swim time.
YOU MUST seed yourself according to your latest 100m or 500m swim time. IF YOU DO NOT seed yourself honestly, you can potentially create a backup in the pool. Seeding will start about 20 minutes before the start of the event on the pool deck. First athlete will start at 7:45am. So everyone must report to the pool no later than 7:20am for seeding.
Bike: 10k or 20k
BIke course is about as flat as they come - smooth country roads with a short rough section on the overpass over 32 and at the corner of 276 and Half Acre. Other than that, it is smooth sailing on narrow old school country roads.
Exiting the parking lot next to the Y, you will head RIGHT on James Sauls, to a LEFT on Half Acre (corner of Wendys restaurant) over 32, to a RIGHT on 276, to a LEFT on Sharpes Cutoff, to a LEFT on Jackson Pike all the way down to a 3 way. USE CAUTION HERE. LEFT staying to the left on 276 all the way back to a RIGHT on Half Acre, back over 32. Remember this short 50m section is rough. It is slated for repaving but not sure if it will happen before the event. Then a RIGHT back on James Sauls, back to a LEFT into the parking lot for the transition.
Police and Sheriff will be assisting on the course. All residents along the route will be notified, but please remember this is an OPEN course, meaning you will be sharing the road with vehicles. We have moved the start time back to 7:45, so most of you will be on and off the bike between 9 and 9:30am.
Other corners will be staffed with support crew and our course coordinator will be making loops of the course in case someone does have mechanical difficulty, they will be able to bring you back to transition.
All corners will be cleaned and marked with arrows leading up to the turn and at each turn.
Run: 1mi or 3.1 mi
Run course for this year’s Tri for Joe is flat out PR time. It is flat as a pancake, straight out to the 2500m mark in the "Out" lane coned and back on the "IN" coned lane. Some may say a bit on the boring side as compared to running around an amusement park, but to others this is all about motivation as you encounter other runners on the out and back course. You will see who is coming after you and other friends and competitors. This is the time for high fives and good jobs along the route. As you make your way into the YMCA property, you make a RIGHT, taking you straight back to the opposite side of the pool. This will take you next to the playground area and then around back of the pool next to the soccer field before a fast finish on the grass before transition.
Your course will be coned the entire route, separating runners from vehicles. An aid station will be placed at the 1 and 2 mile mark, serving both out and back.
Miles will be marked with flags and support crew will be monitoring the course.
You will start with your specific swim wave. Check the information cube at the event for wave start information.
You will complete the Swim and Bike disciplines of the event. Following your Bike discipline, you will dismount your bike, cross the Bike In timing mats and place your bike back at your spot on the rack in the Transition Area. You will then proceed across the Run Out timing mats and you are done! Your finish time will be when you cross the timing mats at that point.
DO NOT re-enter the transition area through Run In/Out or Bike In/Out. This will cause a timing error.
If the event offers a finisher’s memento, please proceed to the finish area to receive the item. Tell the support crew at the finish line you were in the aquabike race and they will hand you the finishers memento.
You will keep your timing chip & strap on until all the bikes are off the course. Once we announce the transition is open, you may turn your chip & strap in at the designated collection point and retrieve your gear at that point.
Have fun out there is priority #1, while supporting this great cause!
Major tip for this race: because it is early in the season, it will be a tune up race, and being short, flat and fast will test that system. Once you turn onto Sharpes Cutoff, there is a section about halfway down that is a sharp right sweeping into a left over about a quarter mile, if you count the before and after this, it is a little more than half a mile. That is a lot in a 20k course so it could be a good spot to make a move on athletes with not as much bike handling skills. The next spot is after the 3way merge back onto 276. If you have not made a move by now, this is where you put the hammer down all the way back to transition.