Meet Louie McGee, visually impaired teen completes Ironman triathalon

Nov 12, 2018


On October 14, 2018, blind teen Louie McGee completed something that only a select few every accomplish.  After years of training, Louie McGee completed an Ironman Triathalon, with virtually no vision. 

McGee, who has been training for three hours per day before and after school for the Oct. 14 Louisville race, was diagnosed with Stargardt disease, the most common form of juvenile macular degeneration, when he was 5 years old. Stargardt's decreases a person's central vision. 

So Louie swam, rode and ran with a guide; a 10-time Ironman finisher.  Louie and his guide would be tethered together at the ankle for the 2.4-mile swim, and at the hips for the 26.2 mile run.  For the 112-mile bike ride, they will be on a tandem bike, with his guide leading the way.

Watch the full story of Louie's journey.