Legally Blind Triathlete Sues Over Rule

Blackout glasses endanger runners


Legally blind triathlete Aaron Scheidies on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against three triathlon groups that require vision-impaired runners to wear blackout glasses that fully blind them. The suit names USA Triathlon, the International Triathlon Union, and 3-D Racing, who imposed the rule to “level the playing field” for totally blind triathletes competing in the same category as partially blind runners. Scheidies, who has 20 percent of his vision and has finished an Ironman, said the glasses are dangerous. “I hit my head on a pole, fell into a ditch and ran off the road several times all in a two-minute time span,” he said. The ITU aims to revamp its rules for disabled athletes by 2013.

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