Steve Lastres

President

Email: salastres@queensborotri.org

 

Working as a lawyer in a sedentary environment led Steve to weigh in at over 235 pounds. In 2011, at the age of 48 he decided to become active and optimize his health by becoming involved with Team in Training to participate in marathons and triathlons to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Today, he is 50+ pounds lighter. In 2014, Steve completed his first Olympic triathlon at the NYC Triathlon, his first Ironman at Mont Tremblant, and his second NYC Marathon. Previously, Steve completed three half Ironman’s, three marathons, numerous half-marathons & century bike races. His new-found passion for endurance events and achieving optimum health has led him to sign up for his next challenge of competing in the 2015 Escape from Alcatraz triathlon, the Syracuse Ironman 70.3 and the Lake Placid Ironman.  Outside of triathlon training, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife, daughters, traveling and listening to music.

Jeremy Gourd
VP of Membership

Jeremy comes to Queens from the same island that IronMan calls home, the Big Island of Hawai'i, and his only dream is to earn his way back home for the big one. Always a meager runner, he was inspired by his manager at his HR job to get into road races, a few years later the former manager turned friend convinced him to do a sprint triathlon in Boulder, CO and he was instantly hooked. After training took a serious turn he joined QBT in hopes to find buddies for those long achy days in the saddle and on the road and has certainly found them! One year later, he returned to Boulder to join his friend and become an IronMan. Now he has many more to complete on the long journey back home and with the support and friendship of QBT members, it will be a much more enjoyable and supportive road.

Karim Mohamed

VP of Race Events

 

Karim grew up in Alexandria, Egypt where he spent most of his teen years rigorously practicing different kinds of self defense and martial arts, studied accounting and business administration, became fluent in italian/spanish and conversational in french. He moved to NY in 2000, changing the life style, and the way of doing things took a toll on him and the pounds started to add up till one day he said enough is enough and he finally took the pledge to lose weight with the great support of his wife and family behind him that longed for him to lose weight for a long time. It was right around then he stumbled upon the Queensboro Tri flyers in the late summer of 2013. Karim has now dropped 5 sizes from 42 to 32 and 264 to 188 lbs. Working in the low voltage industry made Karim come across so many people, a couple of his clients were Ironaman finishers which also played an indirect role in the falling in love of the sport and becoming a Triathlon fanatic!

Josh Hays

VP of Partnerships & Outreach

 

Josh comes to Triathlons late by his family’s standards. In the early 80’s Josh would be carted off to various races that his older brothers and father would participate in down in Houston, Texas - however he only ever did one 'kiddy sprint’ Over the subsequent 24 years, Josh grew up and became a smoker (a daily smoker for nearly 15 years). In 2013, Josh decided he would make a change. He started running. He quit cigarettes in 2014 and that year ran his first Marathon. Josh then borrowed his brother’s derelict 1991 Miyata bike and brought it to New York in hopes of follow in his brother’s footsteps and become a legitimate triathlete. Josh started training for the NYC Tri - soon after, he found Queensboro Tri and has not looked back. He’s found a wonderful group of athletes and friends and one hell of a sport.