UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. (AP) — An unexpected participant causes havoc in an annual holiday foot race in northern New Jersey.

Upper Saddle River police say a young girl escaped injury Thursday morning when a deer unexpectedly ran out on to the course during the 5K race and knocked her down.

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The deer then fled the scene as onlookers and officials went to the girl’s aid.

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The child’s identity was not disclosed.

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