Patrick Cooper was running the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb in Chugach State Park in Alaska when he encountered a black bear on the trail. The 16-year-old runner knew he was in trouble and texted a family member to say that he was being chased by a bear shortly after 12:30 in the afternoon. Less than two hours later, Cooperâ€™s body was found about 500 yards away from the trail he had been running â€” leaving the Alaska running community and his family shaken.
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