Experience the running of the bulls vicariously 50



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If you have never been to The Running of the Bulls, held annually in Pamplona, Spain, we’ll have you living vicariously this morning. And if you have, we’re sure you’ll have plenty to share about the summer experience. Word is in this morning that the first day of the running of the bulls has started, and two Americans and a Brit have been gored, along with up to eight other people in the first dash through the streets.

It kicks off every year on July 7, and sees thousands of people line the streets of the pretty little town and well over a hundred join the race to beat the bulls to the arena every day for a nine day period. Tourists come from all over the world for the fiesta that was made famous in Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises.

The run is nationally televised and takes two minutes from start to finish. Six bulls race through a course that is about 850 metres long, ending in the city bullring. Later in the day they are killed by professional matadors as a part of the festival.

Enjoy the photos below and tell us if you have ever been to the running of the bulls in Pamplona or anywhere else in Spain? Share your thoughts today.

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. It is not something that appeals to me, I think it is dangerous, with the way I run the bull would catch me before I left the starting line 🙂

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    • It’s more than dangerous. It’s BARBARIC. So your only concern is about the bull getting you. Pity the bulls don’t harm ALL who participate. Would serve them right. The poor things are terrified not knowing where they are supposed to go, listening to all those dumb people screaming and cheering, and this is Spain which is SUPPOSED???? to be a civilised country. After that they are tortured, and dumb morons scream with excitement every time a spear penetrates through them. The Matadors are safe as the bulls are partially drugged beforehand.

  2. BARBARIC have we not got any better from the 14 th century. So very cruel for the poor Bulls.stupid humans if they get killed well that’s Karma

  3. Yes. Lived in Spain 17 years. Once was enough-frightening to see all the idiots running and getting hurt or killed

  4. Bull fighting is cruel and anything associated with it is just supporting and condoning it. There is no glamour to it, if you read up on what they do to the bulls before they go into ‘fight’ it is barbaric.

  5. Pleased a number of idiots got hurt, shame they were not killed, disgusting event that should be banned! Other countries find better ways to amuse their mentally retarded residents.

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  6. This has got to be the most stupid activity on earth along with the stupid tomato throwing

  7. I have no sympathy for the morons that get gored. They have a choice to be there or not. The Bulls don’t get a choice. They are taunted and tortured. It’s disgusting.

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