Bear runs through race at Garden of the Gods

Bear at Garden of the Gods Race
In this photo provided by Donald Sanborn, a bear walks across the street as runners compete in the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run near Colorado Springs, Colo., Sunday, June 11, 2017. 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. (Donald Sanborn via AP)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Runners participating in the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run were surprised to see an unexpected visitor on their race route Sunday.

Donald Sanborn says he was about 5 miles into run when the bear ambled across a roadway.

He 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. He says he’s encountered bears, elk, turkeys, bobcats and other interesting wildlife on training runs, but hasn’t seen an animal like this in a race.

Bear at Garden of the Gods Race
In this photo provided by Donald Sanborn, a bear walks across the street as runners compete in the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run near Colorado Springs, Colo., Sunday, June 11, 2017. 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. (Donald Sanborn via AP)

The competition winds through Garden of the Gods Park between Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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