Triathlon Organizations Make
Dangerous Conditions For
Visually Impaired Athletes
Aaron Scheidies v.
USA Triathlon, International Triathlon Union, and 3-D Racing LLC
Suit alleged that the defendants violated the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The suit claimed that the triathlon groups’ rule, adopted in March 2010, requiring Scheidies, who has 20% vision as a result of juvenile macular degeneration, and other vision-impaired runners to wear blackout glasses in competition was discriminatory and dangerous. Officials from the triathlon group said the rule was put in place to equalize the competition among the blind competitors and allowed the triathlon’s inclusion in the 2016 Paralympics Games in Rio de Janiero. Currently in litigation.
The case was resolved in August 2012 when Judge Patrick J. Dugan ruled that no blackout glasses were to be worn by any visually impaired athlete and the defendants agreed to have Scheidies help rewrite the rules of accommodation in races for the visually impaired.
Suit filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against the International Triathlon Union, and 3-D Racing, LLC on behalf of Aaron Scheidies, a 30-year-old, 7-time world champion and 8-time national champion world-class runner.