Karen McKeachie

Aug. 29, 2016

Karen McKeachie (BS CIV EGR ’76), Ann Arbor, a USA Triathlon Hall of Fame Class of 2014 inductee and a 17-time national champion, died Aug. 26, 2016, after being hit by a car while cycling east of Chelsea, Mich. She was 63. 

In addition to her 17 national championships, she was a six-time world champion. She was named USA Triathlon’s Overall Triathlete of the Year in 1999, the only 40-plus female age-group athlete to be awarded the honor, and was the USA Triathlon Masters Triathlete of the Year in 2000.

McKeachie was the overall winner of the 2011 Trek Women’s Triathlon in Howell, Mich., and at 58 years, 5 months, 8 days, is believed to be the oldest athlete ever to win her gender outright in a race with 200-plus finishers. A prolific race director of running races, triathlons and marathon swims, McKeachie also co-founded Triathlon Today magazine (later Inside Triathlon) and created the first-ever women’s bike saddle. 

McKeachie had been coaching other local women - of all abilities - for three-and-a-half decades. 

She attended Dexter High School. She held bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Michigan and earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Michigan State University in 1976.

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