GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN, NC (WJHL) – A black bear joined nearly 300 runners in last weekend’s Grandfather Mountain Marathon.
According to one runner, the bear briefly participated in the 26.2-mile race last Saturday during the 64th annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.
“So about at mile 20 or 21, we came up on the backside of a giant black bear,” said Zach Barricklow. “The back of it was definitely shoulder height to me. We decided to let it do its thing. Eventually, it ventured back up into the woods.”
The bear didn’t finish the race.
Caleb Bowen, 25 of Huntingdon, West Virginia, was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 2:51:58.1.