Yesterday was the first day of the San Fermin Pamplona Running of the Bulls festival. Incredibly, only four people were hospitalized. Even crazier is that none of them were tourists–all four were Spanish men. One sustained an arm injury and the rest were all head trauma.
Traditionally, the Running of the Bulls happens at 8 AM, and the first running is preceded by an all-night party. Well every night in Spain is an all-night party but this one is a little crazier than most. People then drink a ton of coffee, get hopped up on adrenaline, and run down an 875-meter course, getting chased by 12 animals that can weigh up to 2,600 pounds. Afterwards, everyone meets up in a square and drinks tons of cheap liquor and red wine.
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It’s an event that really needs to be seen to be believed. I know that some of our readers have visited Pamplona (or some of the other places that celebrate San Fermin), but I’m really hoping that some of you are there now.
Although the actual Running of the Bulls lasts for less than three minutes, it’s an incredibly tense three minutes as you can see in the photos below.
Running of the Bulls Photos
Here are some of the best Running of the Bulls photos we could pull from Instagram and around the web.
Running of the Bulls Videos
And now for some pretty crazy videos from the Running of the Bulls.