If you are a runner looking to cut a little time off your mile, adding the surprise and fright of a bear appearance into the mix might help you shave off a few seconds.
Participants in Colorado’s 10-mile Garden of the Gods run were interrupted mid-trot by an unregistered racer: a wild bear.
According to the Associated Press, the bear was first spotted by runners on the side of the road, waiting to cross.
After there was a break in the pack — likely caused by cautious runners who thought the animal should have the right of way — the bear dashed across the road and uneventfully exited back into the wilderness.
Donald Sanborn, one of the many runners who sacrificed precious race time to stop and take in the bizarre detour, managed to get a few shots of the event’s intruder and shared them on Facebook.
Sanborn told AP, while he has seen many wild animals during his runs, this was his first bear.