Bear disrupts runners in middle of race in Colorado; photos

Some runners in the Garden of Gods 10-mile run in Colorado Springs were forced to abruptly pause Sunday when a bear decided to cross the road in front of them.

Donald Sanborn, 57, apparently noticed the bear on the side of the road, so he stopped, turned around and photographed the moment it disrupted the race.

“Why did the bear cross the road?” he asked in a Facebook post. “To scare the runners and make me lose precious time in the middle of the race!”

Sanborn told the Associated Press that he’s encountered bears, elk, turkeys, bobcats and other wildlife during training runs but has never seen a bear do this during a race.

“Sanborn says the animal seemed to be trying to decide whether to zip across the road filled with runners when a large enough gap finally emerged for the bear to get through,” AP wrote.

Canadian Running called it a “mid-race adrenaline rush” for runners, who took a course through Garden of the Gods Park between Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs.

As for Sanborn, near as we can tell he finished 587th overall but 28th in his age group of 55-59 with a time of 1:44:26.

Meanwhile, the bear failed to finish.

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