30 Nov '12, 3am

A runner in Okla. was bitten by a raccoon through six (!) layers of clothing #yikes

A runner in Okla. was bitten by a raccoon through six (!) layers of clothing #yikes

If Emerald Groom did like Ryan Hall and took two weeks off after a marathon, none of this would have happened. On Monday night, Groom, of Edmond, Oklahoma, was out for a run eight days after running 4:18 in her marathon debut. As she made her way down a leafy sidewalk, "next thing I knew something had leached onto my stomach," Groom told a local TV station . At first she thought it was a dog, but then saw via car lights it was a raccoon. Groom says she punched the animal and eventually got it to fall away, but not before it had bitten her in the stomach through the six (!) layers of clothing she was running in. Groom went to a hospital and got a tetanus shot and rabies treatment. Local officials say they've yet to capture the raccoon. Groom says she'll carry a flashlight on future in-the-dark runs.

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/woman-attack...

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