Running Of The Bulls
Planning a summer trip to Pamplona? Held here on an annual basis, the Running of the Bulls continues to prove popular and those taking part are taking their lives in their hands. We do not recommend to sign up for this.
The bull run is an ancient tradition here, involving running in front of a small group of six to ten bulls that have been let loose in the town’s streets. It originated in northeastern Spain in the early 14th century. Whhile transporting cattle in order to sell them at the market, men would try to speed the process by hurrying their cattle using tactics of fear and excitement. After years of this practice, it started to turn into a competition, as young adults would attempt to race in front of the bulls and make it safely to their pens without getting hurt.
Some 15 people have died taking part in Pamplona’s bull run since records began in 1910 and the risks involved are obvious. Goring causes the most injuries, although crushing is a major hazard as those fleeing the charging cattle run for their lives. Pamplona is the most famous, but the Running of the Bulls also takes part elsewhere in Spain, as well as in Portugal and Mexico. Such is its popularity here, Pamplona’s bull run is even broadcast live, so it’s probably best to watch on TV.