The running of the bulls is no longer confined to Spain. On Saturday, Aug. 24, the Great Bull Run made its debut in Virginia. According to ABC News, there were seven runs at the drag-racing strip in Dinwiddie County, south of Richmond. This was the first time the running of the bulls has been in the United States.
The running of the bulls is an annual event in Pamplona, Spain where runners are accustomed to it. In the 102 year history of the running of the bulls in Spain, 15 people have died. Around 200 people are trampled every year, or experience other injuries.
The less aggressive bulls were used in the Virginia event, and there were only two minor injuries.
Thousands risked their lives as bulls weighing 600 pounds charged after the people. In Spain, the bulls weigh 1,000 pounds. Twelve bulls were released at a time for every 1,500 people.
There were about 4,000 runners, with a total of 8,000 people at the event.
It is amazing that people want to risk their lives for a little excitement. The Great Bull Run's website has this to say:
"By participating in the run, you accept the risk that you might be trampled, gored, rammed or tossed in the air by a bull, or bumped, jostled, tripped or trampled by your fellow runners. Make no mistake: you could get seriously injured in this event. That's why there's a mandatory insurance fee during the registration process and medical staff on site."
Rules and safety procedures were explained to everyone before the race.
People who wanted to take a greater risk started in the center of the track because that's where bulls usually run. Those who were more cautious stayed close to the fences near openings where they could take cover.
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the animal protection group, attended the event to make sure there was no mistreatment of the bulls.
The event travels from Dinwiddie to six other states first to Atlanta and then ending up in Chicago in July 2014.
Would you risk your life in a bull run?