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Cross-country Runner Outruns Grizzly — Barely

In a region of Alaska already plagued by bear attacks, University of Alaska-Anchorage track-and-field runner Auston Ellis did supposedly the wrong thing: He ran away from an attacking grizzly. But his ill-advised gamble worked, as he was able to barely outmaneuver and outrun the bear.

Ellis learned the hard way that he couldn’t outrun a charging grizzly, but just before it could chomp his butt, cartoon-style, he banked into the woods and dove into a thicket of alder. The hulking bear couldn’t manage the turn as quickly and had to stop, turn and find Ellis in the thicket, where it stared him down for several minutes. Eventually, it just left and was joined by the two cubs that likely triggered her swift and violent reaction.

Besides superior cross-country skills, Ellis had one other technique to save his tail, literally: 

Maybe we’ll have to add “suck in your butt” to our forthcoming bear safety video.

— Ted Alvarez

UAA runner races a grizzly and gets lucky (Anchorage Daily News)