After the U.S. Navy released the name of the Navy SEAL, who went missing off Oahu a week, the friends of Matthew John Leathers talked about his extreme life.
Matt Leathers appeared on KITV last summer, during a running race around Diamond Head. It was held to honor sailors lost in Afghanistan during Operation Red Wings.
Leathers won the race, but afterwards talked instead about the importance of remembering the sacrifice of others.
"When the time comes we have to never forget, and just remember them," said Leathers.
Leathers not only ran in road races like that one, he was also a member of the Hawaiian Ultra Running Team or H.U.R.T. and took to the trails regularly according to a friend who trained with him, but did not want to be identified for this story.
"Sometimes he would get up at 3 a.m. and do 20 miles up on Tantalus."
Friends and competitors said Leathers excelled in extreme endurance conditions.
"He pushed himself to the limits."
But the Navy said Leathers disappeared during an open ocean training swim a week ago.
Navy and Coast Guard crews searched extensively off Oahu's West coast for days, but did not find any sign of the 33 year old.