On August 30, Aaron Scheidies, did exactly what he set out to do at the 2014 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Edmonton, Canada - take back the GOLD. Scheidies, the 32 year old Visually Impaired triathlete finished the course in 1:00:58. Guided by Colin Riley, Scheidies' blistering time keeps him atop the leader board in the PT5 category (Blind/Visually Impaired) for 2014, having finished first in each of the four ITU sprint distance races he competed in this season (750m Swim, 20K bike, 5K Run).
Scheidies handily beat his competitors, including Dave Ellis from the UK, who beat him last summer at the 2013 ITU World Championships and stripped the long-time US Paratriathlete of his title. Redemption was sweet for Scheidies, beating Ellis by nearly five minutes (Ellis finished the race in 1:05:29).
Interest in paratriathlon is at an all-time high as the sport of approaches its Paralympic Games debut in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Three classes (men's PT1, men's & women's PT4) have been added to the Paralympic program, with three more to be announced at a later date. Scheidies Road to Rio will be decided should the PT5 category (Blind/Visually Impaired) be added.
Scheidies hopes to be a two-sport athlete in Rio and will look to qualify for the US Paralympic Marathon Team when he races at the 2014 Chicago Marathon in October.
Scheidies Remaining 2014 Schedule:
September 21, USAT Paratriathlon National Championships, Tempe, AZ
October 12, Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL
About Aaron Scheidies:
Aaron Scheidies is a 32-year-old that has overcome more in his short life than many conquer in a lifespan. Born with a hereditary eye condition that slowly deteriorates his central vision, Aaron now has about 15% of the vision of a fully sighted person. Competing in the sport of triathlon for more than a dozen years, Scheidies began with sprint triathlon and has continued up the triathlon pyramid with 70.3 and full Ironman races. Having traveled around the globe and competing in nearly 200 triathlons, Scheidies is an eight-time triathlon World Champion and an nine-time National Champion. For more information on Aaron please visit www.cdifferentwithaaron.com and follow him on Twitter @AaronScheidies and on Facebook @CDifferentWithAaron.
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