STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – Daniel Hohs had only recently moved to the Front Range and was out on an open trail, his favorite pastime, when tragedy struck over the weekend.
The 31-year-old endurance athlete died Saturday after he was bitten by a rattlesnake.
According to police, Hohs was about one-and-a-half miles up from the Mount Galbraith trail head in Golden when he was bitten on the ankle.
Hohs was a beloved member of the small-mountain community. The Steamboat Springs community is planning to organize a gathering in the coming weeks to remember him.
In August 2014, Hohs became an Ironman when he completed his first full-distance race in Louisville, Ky.
Hohs had been training with Heather Gollnick on the IronEdge triathlon team.
“Dan was so full of life,” Gollnick said.
Most recently, Hohs was hiking and biking Colorado mountains with friends.
“He was out there doing what he loved to do, whether it was doing a 14er and riding his bike to the next 14er while his friends rode in the car,” Gollnick told the Steamboat Pilot and Today.
The Jefferson County Coroner says they have never seen a case like this. Rattlesnake bites are common but very rarely are fatal.
Test results could take several weeks to figure out what factors lead to Hohs' death.
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