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.
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.
“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.”
Hix’s cause of death is currently under investigation.
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