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Bear surprises runners by briefly joining Colorado race

By Ben Hooper

June 12 (UPI) -- Runners in a Colorado race received some incentive to run extra fast when they were joined in the road by a black bear.

Participants in the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run Sunday in the Colorado Springs area said the bear appeared at the side of the road before running out in front of a group of runners.

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"Why did the bear cross the road? To scare the runners and make me lose precious time in the middle of a race!" Donald Sanborn, who captured photos of the bruin's unexpected appearance, wrote on Facebook.

There were no injuries reported -- other than to distracted runners' final times.

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