Aaron Scheidies
Legally blind world class triathlete and marathon runner

Aaron Scheidies is a legally blind world class triathlete and marathon runner. Diagnosed with Juvenile Macular Degeneration in elementary school, Aaron battled through hard times in his early teens as his sight deteriorated. He found the sport of triathlon and it turned his life around. Beginning with sprint triathlons and continuing up the triathlon pyramid to the Ironman distance, Aaron is now an eight-time world and eight-time national champion, having traveled the glove competing in over 250 races. A 2011 ESPY Finalist for Best Male Athlete With a Disability, Aaron started competing in the marathon circuit just a few yrs back and has since won three consecutive USABA (US Association of Blind Athletes) National Marathon Championships. This 2016 U.S. Paralympic hopeful graduated from Michigan State University and has since gone on to receive his doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Washington, now working with a senior community of patients. Always in tow is Aaron's Service dog, Ret The Wonder Dog (short for Retina). Follow Aaron on Twitter @AaronScheidies, on Facebook @AaronScheidies and at www.cdifferentwithaaron.com.