USA Triathlon Statement Regarding Fatality at Age Group National Championships

By USA Triathlon | Aug. 11, 2018, 6:56 p.m. (ET)

USA Triathlon is deeply saddened to confirm the death of Jim Hix, 75, from Claremore, Oklahoma, while competing in the swim portion of the Olympic-Distance race today at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio.

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

Hix was the 2017 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Champion in the men’s 75-79 age group and he has represented the U.S. at the ITU Age Group World Championships as a member of Team USA.

USA Triathlon will make no further comment at this time out of respect for the privacy of Jim’s family.