The participants of Sunday’s “Garden of the Gods 10-Mile Run” in Colorado Springs, Colo., were in for a big and unwelcome surprise, as a brown bear seemed ready to cheat his way into first place.

Photos snapped by Donald Sanborn and posted on Facebook tell the story.

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One of the pictures was perfectly timed and shows a couple of the runners breaking stride as they recognize that, you know, there’s a bear in the road.

“Why did the bear cross the road? To scare the runners and make me lose precious time in the middle of a race!” Sanborn said on social media.

But as much of a winner as Sanborn is for documenting this and posting more photos with great views, some of the commenters help add to the amusement.

Record time, no doubt

Why run when a bear could show up?

We’re with you, dude

Better be faster than the slowest

(H/t KDVR)

Runners stopped dead in their tracks when someone uninvited tried to take first place Facebook/Donald Sanborn
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