75-Year-Old Triathlete Dies In Lake Erie During Race

posted by Bill Gallucio - 

Lake Erie

A 75-year-old triathlete died during the swimming section of a competition over the weekend. Jim Hix was racing in the USA Triathlon in Cleveland when the Coast Guard had to pull him from Lake Erie. They performed CPR and rushed him to the hospital but were unable to save his life.

USA Triathlon CEO Rocky Harris issued a statement that read, “Our sport lost a member of its beloved community and we extend our heartfelt condolences to Jim’s wife, Ann, his family and friends.  As one of the nation’s top multi-sport athletes in his age group, Jim and USA Triathlon shared a close relationship and his passing is particularly difficult.”

Hix won the Duathlon National Championship in the men’s 75 to 79-year-old age group in 2017 and has represented the United States in various international competitions. 

Authorities have not yet determined the cause of his death. 

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