Calif. Runner Survives 2 Days in Frigid Temps

Bob Roots, 55, ate snow for nourishment after a wrong trail left him lost in the woods.
3:00 | 04/02/14

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All right, now the miraculous survival story. A runner missing for two days found alive after enduring snow and brutal cold. Here's ABC's Ryan Owens. Reporter: A kiss from his girlfriend and words of thanks for his rescuers. I'm grateful. Thank you very much. Reporter: That's how bob root's survival story ended. This morning, in a "Gma" exclusive he tells us how it began and how he lived. I was running and got lost. I picked the wrong trail and went that way. Reporter: Sunday morning the 55-year-old runner from Modesto, California, found himself alone in the woods after getting separated from his running group. Taking a wrong turn on a trail. I didn't feel too squared. I felt frustrated with myself. Reporter: He survived 51 hours in the woods, two frigid nights and a snowstorm wearing only his running shorts, shoes, a long sleeve shirt and a jacket. Huddling in bushes at night to stay warm. I curled up into a ball to stay warm. It was raining and I backed myself up into some brush. Reporter: The experienced runner had only half a bottle of water and some athletic energy supplements. He turned into eating snow for survival. More than 100 volunteers were searching for him when he spotted their brightly colored uniforms Tuesday afternoon. I know some people over there in some red jumpsuits and so I walked off the ridge and I said, hi. Reporter: Root spent a few hours in the hospital but he's just fine and will not stay off his feet long. Will probably be out running this weekend. He is that kind of a runner. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Ryan Owens, ABC news, Los Angeles.

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