Bears chase, can’t catch up to LR win­ner

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

A for­mer Lit­tle Rock Marathon win­ner out­ran two black bears on a train­ing run Wed­nes­day in Maine.

Moninda Marube, a Kenya na­tive who won the 2010 Lit­tle Rock Marathon with a time of 2:29.40, was out train­ing on a na­ture trail in the woods near his home in Auburn, Maine, and said he en­coun­tered two charg­ing black bears but was able to out­run them dur­ing a fran­tic sprint to a nearby va­cant house for cover.

Marube, 38, said when he saw the bears early Wed­nes­day his in­stincts kicked in and he did what he does best: run.

He told the Sun Jour­nal in Lewis­ton, Maine, that the bears were 20 yards away from him and a va­cant house was 20 yards away in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. So he made a run for the house, with the bears clos­ing to within 10 yards by the time he found safety on the house’s screened porch.

The bears stopped, not re­al­iz­ing they could’ve eas­ily crashed through the flimsy porch screens, Marube said. They sniffed around for a while be­fore wan­der­ing away.

Marube, who is cur­rently a stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Maine at Farm­ing­ton, said he’d once en­coun­tered a leop­ard perched in a tree while alone in Africa — but the bears were scarier.

He said he learned an im­por­tant les­son from his close en­counter with Maine’s wildlife: “Just make peace with peo­ple. You never know when your day comes.”

Demo­crat-Gazette file photo

Moninda Marube, who won the 2010 Lit­tle Rock Marathon, out­ran two black bears ear­lier this week while on a train­ing run in Maine.

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