Beloved Triathlete Dies After Being Pulled from Lake Erie During Competition

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August 12, 2018Aug 12, 2018

A 75-year-old triathlete died tragically Saturday after being pulled from Lake Erie during a competition in the swim portion of the race.

Jim Hix, a native of Oklahoma and a beloved competitor, had won the duathlon national championship in the men’s 75-79 age group in 2017, according to Fox News. He had also represented the United States at various international events.

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USA Triathlon CEO Rocky Harris published a statement regarding Hix’s death.

“Our sport lost a member of its beloved community and we extend our heartfelt condolences to Jim’s wife, Ann, his family and friends,” he said.

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“As one of the nation’s top multisport athletes in his age group,” continued Harris, “Jim and USA Triathlon shared a close relationship and his passing is particularly difficult.”

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Hix’s cause of death is currently under investigation.

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