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Inspired by Pamplona, Great Bull Run coming to US
SFGate ^ | August 5, 2013 | Jeff Martin (AP)

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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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Georgia; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: bullrun; bulrun

1 posted on 08/05/2013 6:38:04 AM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Has PETA weighed in on this yet?


2 posted on 08/05/2013 6:39:48 AM PDT by ken5050 (My tagline is on summer break..)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Arguably the dumbest idea in the world of ‘hold muh beer’ ... coming to an America near you.


3 posted on 08/05/2013 6:41:03 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

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.


4 posted on 08/05/2013 6:41:32 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Bull Run? Didn’t we Virginians do that already?


5 posted on 08/05/2013 6:42:11 AM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

The promoters of this event are even stupider than the participants

At the first death they are going to be sued out of existance.


6 posted on 08/05/2013 6:42:18 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: ken5050

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?)


7 posted on 08/05/2013 6:42:22 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
Tort lawyers like


8 posted on 08/05/2013 6:44:11 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
Even if you survive the running of the bulls, you'll be trampled by the running of the lawyers immediately afterward.
9 posted on 08/05/2013 6:45:43 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Well this is the worst idea since some Atlanta man tried to start an all white basketball team. :-)


10 posted on 08/05/2013 6:45:48 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: ken5050

I’m rooting for the Bulls.


11 posted on 08/05/2013 6:47:28 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

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.


12 posted on 08/05/2013 6:48:56 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

OMG! A jackpot for personal injury lawyers.


13 posted on 08/05/2013 6:49:39 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

They’ll get sued out of existence in the U.S. PDQ.


14 posted on 08/05/2013 6:49:39 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Howdy to all you government agents spying on me.)
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To: dfwgator

Can you believe what Manzel may have done? If true..what a total screw up..and there goes the Bama-Aggie game...


15 posted on 08/05/2013 6:50:38 AM PDT by ken5050 (My tagline is on summer break..)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

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.”


16 posted on 08/05/2013 6:51:20 AM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: HokieMom

Twice!


17 posted on 08/05/2013 6:51:23 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: ken5050

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?


18 posted on 08/05/2013 6:53:44 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Stand Your Ground

no, on second thought, RUN!!!!!


19 posted on 08/05/2013 6:53:49 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: reg45

:^)


20 posted on 08/05/2013 6:54:51 AM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi; mickie
We've had bull-running in this country for over two hundred years.....only it runs in the halls of congress and in the Oval Office....and it's also called "oratory" and "campaign promises".

Leni

21 posted on 08/05/2013 6:58:42 AM PDT by MinuteGal (West-Central Florida Get-Together Brunch - Next Sat. Freepmail me @ "MinuteGal")
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To: ken5050

“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.


22 posted on 08/05/2013 7:01:13 AM PDT by moovova (Sell everything, folks. Be poised to run.)
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To: dfwgator

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..


23 posted on 08/05/2013 7:01:38 AM PDT by ken5050 (My tagline is on summer break..)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Ahh, but it will be Americanized by using monster trucks instead of bulls!


24 posted on 08/05/2013 7:01:48 AM PDT by whodathunkit (DOJ + NSA + IRS = DNI)
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To: Mr. K
The promoters of this event are even stupider than the participants At the first death they are going to be sued out of existance.

How is the liability exposure any higher than auto racing where participants and spectators are killed or seriously injured every year?

25 posted on 08/05/2013 7:02:18 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

We already have enough bull coming out of DC.


26 posted on 08/05/2013 7:07:10 AM PDT by dforest (BR)
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To: IbJensen
I want our politicians to all have to serve as matadors until they either win or get ‘Gored.’

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Good idea. Bulls love to go after a---oles.


27 posted on 08/05/2013 7:09:59 AM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: Baynative

Never work, Politicians have experience, they run with their run bull everyday...


28 posted on 08/05/2013 7:12:47 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Darwin Awards....


29 posted on 08/05/2013 7:21:51 AM PDT by hummingbird (THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS by Mark Levin. He's got a great plan!)
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To: HokieMom

The Yankees are STILL running from the last Bull Run in Virginia.


30 posted on 08/05/2013 7:41:15 AM PDT by yawningotter
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To: Labyrinthos

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.


31 posted on 08/05/2013 8:24:47 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

This is a great idea. I fully support it and wish to contribute to the funding of such events.


32 posted on 08/05/2013 11:45:16 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: reg45

Just because you sign a release doesn’t mean you can’t sue.

One paraplegic case and that’s the end of this “fun”.


33 posted on 08/05/2013 5:00:38 PM PDT by DManA
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