Attention: Vengeful Deer Crossing!

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Many runners encounter animals during their daily runs. Usually, it’s a neighborhood dog, or cat, rabbits, skunks, or possibly a few ducks. Runners have told tales about being chased by angry geese in local parks. Adventurous trail runners have reported seeing mountain lions, snakes, turtles and other members of the wild life community.

deer_crossing_sign.jpgFor the most part, animals will quickly depart upon the approach of a runner. Unless, of course, you are Kandi Hanson and you are running in a 10K in Minnesota. In that case, the animals are motivated by revenge.

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About Dianna

Dianna, also known as the Running Chick with the Orange Hat (Running Chick for short) moved from being a periodic gym rat to a runner in January of 2003 during a botched New Year's resolution. Her newly rediscovered fondness for running quickly blossomed into a full-blown obsession. Within a year and a half, she went from suffering through two miles on the treadmill to running a marathon. Cotton was discarded for wicking fabrics and gel was no longer something she put in her hair. Since then, she has continued to challenge herself, first with achieving her Boston Qualifying time, then running a PR at Boston and doing an occasional sprint distance triathlon. Future endeavors include a trail marathon and longer distance triathlons. Dianna has been blogging about her running adventures since April 2004, even getting an article 'published' online at Runner's World as well as capturing the attention of a local news channel. She can discuss all things related to running, swimming, and biking, at great length, without ever getting bored. In her free time, she enjoys pina coladas and getting caught in the rain, with her husband and multi-racial canine in Connecticut, U.S.A.

  1. Perry on June 15th at 5:42 am

    You’ve gotta watch out for those deer. A similar thing happened to my wife when we were bike riding in South Carolina.

  2. Jon (was) in Michigan on June 15th at 6:07 am

    At least she took home some hardware. 🙂

    Rotten deer.

  3. Blaine Moore (Run to Win) on June 15th at 7:49 am

    Matt Tillinghast in the Freescale Marathon in 2006 was tackled by a deer when it tried to bandit the race.

  4. Amy on June 15th at 8:02 am

    The same thing happened to me just last week. I think the deer have organized…

  5. Joe Ely on June 15th at 2:41 pm

    Di, thanks for remembering my encounter with the geese…I still get nervous on that route. Can’t imagine having a deer charge at me though!!

  6. Peter on June 17th at 9:06 am

    A deer took out a runner last July at the Rileys Rumble Half-Marathon in Poolesville, MD. We ran by a guy down, out of it, attended by medical personnel and thought the worst–heat prostration. Nope, Deer Crossing, trampled him, and he was in the hospital 3 days with a concussion.

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