While out on an 18-mile training run in Maine earlier this week, Moninda Marube, a professional runner from Kenya, spotted two black bears emerging from the nature trail he was walking down. Before he knew it, the two bears charged towards him.
The terrifying moment, which happened around 5 a.m. and when the bears are known to rouse themselves for a drink at a nearby lake, shook Marube to his core.
He thought about jumping into the lake or climbing a tree. Unfortunately, Marube can’t swin, and he realized bears can also climb trees.
“The only solution I had at that time was to be able to run,” he told the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal.
Just ahead was a house, so the runner charged there, the bears right on his tail — about 10 yards behind him, he said.
Marube barely made it inside, swung the screen door shut, and waited 10 minutes before emerging. The bears ran away; Marube ran the other direction.
Oddly, this is not the first time the runner has had a scary encounter with wildlife. Years ago in Kenya, he became separated from a group on a run and found himself face-to-face with a leopard.
But Wednesday’s incident was something different entirely.
“I don’t fear lion,” he said. “I don’t fear anything else. But a bear is scary.”