As if completing an Ironman wasn't hard enough. For a Salt Lake City man, the world's preeminent test of endurance featured 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of cycling, 26.2 miles of running and a bear. Yes, a bear.
About 8 miles into the marathon run Sunday in Whistler, British Columbia, Marc Rosello spotted a "sort-of commotion" ahead on the road. He looked ahead to his right and saw the black bear, elevated on a trail about 20 feet from the road course and turning downhill into the greenery.
"I think to myself, if he comes straight down this hill, we're going to intersect," Rosello said. "This could derail a good day."