A 16-year old boy was mauled and killed by a black bear Sunday while running a mountain race, according to Alaska State Troopers.
The teenager, whose identity has not been released, was a participant in the juniors division of the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb race between Anchorage and Girdwood.
Brad Precosky, the race’s director, said the runner had apparently made it to the halfway point turnaround on Bird Ridge Trail when he texted a family member that he was being chased by a bear. The family member alerted Precosky about the text and they immediately began to search for the young man.
The teen was discovered off the trail. It was not clear how the runner went off the path or if the bear chased him there.
This young man didn’t do anything wrong. He was just in the wrong place.” Crockett said. “You can’t predict which bear is going to be predatory.”