This past Friday I saw five Black Bears on my run - it was awesome, and my first sighting in a few years. Three were cubs, most likely less than 3 months old. The two sows were traveling together, one in front in one in back. The leading sow crossed the MMTR course (about half-way between Peavine Mtn and Dancing Creek aid stations, see map)
approx. 50 meters in front of me, followed closely by 3 small cubs. At first I didn't see the second sow; I was distracted by watching the 3 cubs scurry up a tree after a sow grunted to alert them of possible danger (me). The second sow then popped up from behind a small embankment and starred straight at me. I calmly told them I was not there to harm them and backed up to give them more room. After about 5 minutes, the bears moved on and I down the dirt road. It was an awe-inspiring moment and really topped my run!