LEADVILLE, Colo. (CBS4) – Some marathoners had extra motivation to pick up their pace this weekend. A black bear crossed paths with runners participating in the Leadville Trail Marathon on Saturday.
“When you run Leadville, you just might run into a bear!” Stephen Peterson wrote on Facebook.READ MORE: When I See A 50% Chance Of Rain In The Forecast, What Does That Really Mean?
“My good friend Quentin Genke and I were a couple of hours into our race when this huge black bear made his appearance right in front of us,” Peterson wrote. “Imagine our shock!”
Peterson said Genke snapped the photo just before the bear disappeared into the woods.READ MORE: Colorado Weather: Monsoon Storms Return Sunday, But Focus Shifts A Bit West
“First time I ever had a black bear come out of the woods and run between runners,” Quentin Genke wrote on Facebook.
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