- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana Human Rights Bureau investigation has found that the Missoula Marathon discriminated against disabled athletes who wanted to travel the course using hand cycles.

The Missoulian reports (https://bit.ly/1TmWBXL ) that investigator Josh Manning submitted his findings to the Bureau last week. He sided with quadriplegic athlete Joe Stone, who claims that the marathon’s parent company Run Wild Missoula discriminated against him when it eventually allowed hand cycles in 2014, but imposed prohibitive restrictions.

Run Wild executive director Tony Banovich said in a statement last week that the organization “acted in good faith” by allowing disabled athletes to compete in the 2014 marathon.

The next step is conciliation, where each side will attempt to settle the disagreement out of court. If conciliation isn’t reached, Stone could file a civil lawsuit.

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Information from: Missoulian, https://www.missoulian.com

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