Authorities say a black bear killed a 16-year-old runner while he was competing in a race near Anchorage, Alaska, on Sunday.
Anchorage television station KTUU reports that the teenager, whose identity has not been released, was a participant in the juniors division of the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb three-mile race between Anchorage and Girdwood.
Race director Brad Precosky said the runner had apparently made it to the halfway-point turnaround for juniors on steep Bird Ridge trail and was on his way down when he texted a family member that he was being chased by a bear.
Officials from a number of agencies responded up the mountain to locate the boy, whose body was found about a mile up the path, at about 1,500 vertical feet.
“This is the worst thing that could happen,” Precosky said.
Alaska State Troopers released a statement Sunday saying the boy’s remains were transported from the scene and his next of kin was notified.
A park ranger shot the 250-pound bear in the face, but it ran away.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.