Every so often, triathletes are interrupted by wildlife out on the race course. Earlier this year, a black bear wondered onto the run course of a triathlon in Alaska. Both a Dublin and Kansas triathlon had deer incidents at their races this year.
Athletes participating in the MEC Triathlon Sprint on Sept. 10 in Coquitlam, B.C. were unaware of an unexpected spectator. The black bear may have had the best seat in the house but was totally preoccupied snacking on berries as the race passed directly below.
The triathletes were in the bike leg of the race on an out and back section taking place on Oliver Road in Coquitlam. The road runs next to Minnekhada Regional Park where there is an abundance of bird and wildlife.
During the short video taken by B.C.’s Andy Weststeyn, it appears to have gone completely unnoticed by the focused athletes below. Later on, the race was actually briefly stopped when the bear decided to descent and cross the road.