Running of the Bulls

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There are many running of the bulls all over Spain, the best known runnig of the bulls takes place in Pamplona, Spain between the 7th and 14th of July. It is an 849 meter race with anywhere from 2000 to 3500 runners in front of 6 wild bulls.

The average duration of the race is 3 minutes and 55 seconds with runs anywhere from 2 minutes to 30 minutes for the longest one.

No runner runs the whole race, the experienced runner gets in front, runs for a few seconds and gets out of the way. The bulls run at about 24 km/h ( 4 min/mile) for the entire course, which is an impressive pace, the mile record is 3:43, so theoretically a human could run the entire race in front of the bull if you are a world-class runner and you get rid of the other 2000 runners.

Most of the wounded, about 200 to 300, are by means of falls and contusions and very few, 2 to 3% are considered serious.

HOW TO RUN

ACCESS. You should get to Plaza mercaderes way before 7.30 am. Do not try to cut it to close to 8 am or you will not be able to get through. Accesses are closed after 7.30 am and you will not be allowed to enter the course, most importantly, you will not be allowed to leave the course either, so make sure you are on the side of the fence you need to be before 7.30 am.

DANGEROUS PLACES. From Callejon to Plaza de toros have been 8 deaths. At the end of Santo Domingo have been 3 deaths. That is the end and the beggining of the race, it is usually wiser to run through the middle, at the begginning the bulls come out with full force, and at the end, callejon, there is a bottleneck where you can get pushed and stepped on.

FALLING. It is very easy to fall. If you do; do not try to get up as you will get knocked down. It is better to lay in a fetal position and wait for the run to be over, most people and even the bulls will try to jump over you, some will not succeed.

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