Awesome Pictures From This Year's Running Of The Bulls In Pamplona


Photo: AP

Pamplona was flooded Thursday with thousands of people for the first running of the bulls in the famous San Fermin Festival.Several were taken to the hospital with minor injuries as they ran from the pack of about a dozen animals along the closed city streets.

The bulls run about at 15mph and between 200 and 300 people are injured each year. Deaths are not unheard of — the last person to die in a running was Daniel Jimeno Romero — who was gored to death in 2009.

28-year-old California native Allison Byrne, whose husband ran for the first time, told the AP: “Anything we heard before doesn’t even compare to what really happened. It was hard to watch that knowing that our husbands are down there. It was exciting and exhilarating, but I’ll never do (this) again. I’m still shaking.”

The running of the bulls began in the 14th century as herders brought cattle to market

Today the streets are covered with a non-slip surface allowing the bulls to run faster

A rocket is set off at 8 a.m. July 7 alerting runners the bulls gate is open

A second rocket announces all bulls have left the corral

A third and fourth rocket confirms the herd's arrival to the bullring and corral

The runnings are just a small part of the festivities

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