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Published on Apr 11, 2017
Karen McKeachie was a remarkable multi-sport athlete and pioneer in the pre-Title IX era. At a time when women were afforded few opportunities for competition, Karen earned varsity letters in basketball and volleyball (University of Michigan), and track and cross-country (Michigan State University).
It was in the sport of triathlon where Karen truly excelled. A partial list of her accomplishments include: seven time gold medalist and 13 time podium finisher at the ITU World Triathlon & Duathlon Championships between 1989-2015; top 25 finisher three times at the Ironman World Championships; women’s open winner of more than 100 road races and triathlons; and 2014 inductee to the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame.
Beyond her remarkable athletic achievements, Karen was an inspiration and coach to countless women and men in the triathlon community. She lost her life tragically on August 26, 2016, while cycling near her home. She was hit head on by a driver attempting to pass another vehicle. Karen’s husband and parents wish to honor her life and legacy by building Karen’s Trail, to provide safe recreational opportunities for all (KarensTrail.org).