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Jogger's Pulse Hits 193 After Grizzly Charge

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On Saturday, an Alaskan athlete boosted his heart rate to new highs with a training method he’d probably rather not repeat: A mother grizzly protecting two cubs burst out of the woods in an Anchorage-area park and charged him, running him over. 50-year-old skier and triathlete Rick Rogers miraculously escaped injury, but he noticed his heart-rate monitor skyrocketed to 193; he believed his heart rate max to be 180.

Um, yeah. Anchorage is home to a healthy population of grizzly bears, and though Rogers has spent years trailrunning in the area, he never had a serious bear encounter until now. After fending off an initial charge with ski poles, Rogers decided to make a break for a tree. 

The bear charged, tromping over or near Rogers with the cubs in tow. He got up when she moved on to ready for another charge. Rogers was running with a friend, and they eventually encouraged the mother bear to halt the attack and back off into the woods by making themselves larger, waving ski poles, and yelling.

I think it’s safe to say that most of us would’ve experienced a similar spike in our heart rate had we been in Rogers’ position. We’d also need a new pair of pants.

— Ted Alvarez

Jogger’s pulse hits new high when grizzly charges (Anchorage Daily News)