Skip to comments.Inspired by Pamplona, Great Bull Run coming to US
Posted on 08/05/2013 6:38:04 AM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
ATLANTA (AP) Organizers of a new event planned for several U.S. cities plan to unleash bulls to sprint through fenced-in courses as daredevils try to avoid being trampled.
The Great Bull Run is inspired by the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. It's set to kick off Aug. 24 at a drag-racing strip south of Richmond, Va. A second event is planned for Oct. 19 at an Atlanta-area horse park that hosted events for the 1996 Olympics. More events are planned later for Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
Bull runs when the animals are released to run alongside participants as spectators cheer are common in Spain and can drum up controversy. Injuries often occur, as do deaths, though they are much rarer. Some groups attack the treatment of the bulls used in the runs.
About 5,000 people have signed up to participate in the Virginia event, and the number grows by about 50 each day, said Rob Dickens, co-founder and chief operating officer of The Great Bull Run. And with 2,000 signed up for the Conyers, Ga., event, Dickens expects 5,000 to 7,000 to run there in October.
The U.S. events will last one day each, unlike the annual weeklong festival in Pamplona, when bull runs are held every morning. Author Ernest Hemingway wrote about the festival in his 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises," which helped it gain worldwide notoriety and attract spectators from around the globe.
Organizers acknowledge that the Great Bull Run is likely to start out on a smaller scale than its Spanish counterpart. But they note that other physically challenging activities such as extreme off-road runs and obstacle races have become increasingly popular in the U.S., and they see bull running as a natural follow-up.
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Has PETA weighed in on this yet?
Arguably the dumbest idea in the world of ‘hold muh beer’ ... coming to an America near you.
Who is the fool who thinks he or she can sponsor something like this in the United States and not have the pants or skirt sued off them when the first person is gored by a bull? This ain’t Spain, with a centuries-old tradition of doing this. Putting aside whether this is wise on its merits alone, we live in a litigation-happy culture. My bet is that this happens until the first person is seriously hurt, then its shut down and goes bankrupt.
Bull Run? Didn’t we Virginians do that already?
The promoters of this event are even stupider than the participants
At the first death they are going to be sued out of existance.
I agree. Once the ASPCA and animal rights activists weigh in, this is never going to happen (not to mention what fool is ever going to underwrite liability insurance for something like this?)
Well this is the worst idea since some Atlanta man tried to start an all white basketball team. :-)
I’m rooting for the Bulls.
I want bullfighting to become a national sport here in America.
Furthermore, I want our politicians to all have to serve as matadors until they either win or get ‘Gored.’
Can’t you just envision Barbara Boxer trying to impress the bull with her officious nature? How about the cow Stabenow getting the cape wrapped around her legs and falling flat on her puss?
Hairy Reed would be funny. He’d probably try to romance the bull not caring that it was a bull.
It would be a whole lot more entertaining than watching these fools during their long halftimes on the floor of the Senate.
OMG! A jackpot for personal injury lawyers.
They’ll get sued out of existence in the U.S. PDQ.
Can you believe what Manzel may have done? If true..what a total screw up..and there goes the Bama-Aggie game...
I’d like to see a running of the bulls in a fenced off course full of politicians. But not just with a handful of bulls. I want lots of bulls. I’d call it “The Stampede of Cleansing.”
I think Manziel knew exactly what he was doing....His NFL stock was never going to be higher....why risk getting hurt, or having a subpar season and see his draft ranking go down.
He figured even if he got caught, that means, he can go straight to the NFL....I don’t think he really wanted to return to play for A&M, didn’t he basically say that on Twitter a few months back?
Stand Your Ground
no, on second thought, RUN!!!!!
“Has PETA weighed in on this yet?”
I think PETA will support this. After all, weren’t there 24 people gored in Pamplona this year?
That’s the kind of “animal” abuse PETA can get behind.
If that’s true....then Aggies can kiss Sumlin goodbye after this season as well..sort of explains why Mack Brown was taking shots at Manzel this weekend..he must have had a heads-up..
Ahh, but it will be Americanized by using monster trucks instead of bulls!
How is the liability exposure any higher than auto racing where participants and spectators are killed or seriously injured every year?
We already have enough bull coming out of DC.
Good idea. Bulls love to go after a---oles.
Never work, Politicians have experience, they run with their run bull everyday...
The Yankees are STILL running from the last Bull Run in Virginia.
The difference is that auot race car drivers are not RUNNING IN FRONT OF AN ANGRY BULL for no other purpose than to run in front of an angry bull.
This is a great idea. I fully support it and wish to contribute to the funding of such events.
Just because you sign a release doesn’t mean you can’t sue.
One paraplegic case and that’s the end of this “fun”.