Evelyn Matthei, mayor of Providencia commune in Santiago de Chile, had been approached by journalists in the street and was taking questions when she suddenly sprinted away from them.
She was also asked to become a government minister in President Sebastian Pinera’s cabinet reshuffle, but rejected his approach.
Matthei, 65, soon opened up a small lead over the shocked press corps, who gave chase.
“Luckily we’re in good physical shape,” said the correspondent as he hurried to catch up to her. Once neck and neck, he asked whether she felt that she had been unfairly treated by the press — only inspiring Matthei to dig deep and sprint ahead once more.
The surreal scene ended a few seconds later, as the mayor slowed to a walk, allowing the journalist to ask another question as the video cut off.
“We will win the race against destruction and vandalism, and we will get Providencia back on its feet alongside @Muni_Provi [the local council].”