Three lions showed up as unexpected guests while a marathon race was underway in South Africa's famed Kruger National Park, forcing runners to stop until the animals left the road, local media reported on Tuesday.
Three participants of the annual Skukuza Sterling Light half-marathon had a big fright on Saturday when they ran into three lions taking a nap in the middle of the road, said daily newspaper The Citizen.
A motorcyclist in front of the athletes noticed them just before the 14-km mark and stopped the runners in their tracks.
The nearest field ranger on duty was called and the lions were chased away before the marathon could continue.
But the incident resulted in a large group finishing together, said the newspaper.
On Friday evening, elephants caused havoc in the Skukuza staff village inside the park, which formed part of the race.
The elephants left the village before the race started, but the athletes had to run around heaps of dung, the newspaper said.