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article imageRunning of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain 2012 (video)

By Anne Sewell     Jul 8, 2012 in World
Pamplona - So far, six people have been injured in this year's San Fermin festival - more commonly known as the Running of the Bulls. The festival started yesterday and runs until July 14.
Every year between July 7 and 14, pandemonium rules in Pamplona, Spain, as bulls run through the streets, and people run with them. This year the bulls belong to the Dolores Aguirre breeding ranch.
The San Fermin festival dates back to medieval times, but only became popular worldwide after Ernest Hemingway published his novel "The Sun Also Rises". Hemingway was a great fan of Spain, and wrote the book about a group of British and American ex-pats, who traveled from Paris to Pamplona to watch the running of the bulls.
Now every year, tourists flock to the Navarre town to participate in the dangerous sport.
The bulls that participate in San Fermin can weigh over 500 kilograms. Since record-keeping of the bull running began in 1924, fifteen people have been killed.
Each morning during the festival, crowds of runners, dressed in white shirts with red scarfs, run through the city to the bull ring, chased by the bulls.
So far, only one day into the festival, six people have been injured. One man was gored in the leg and five others were slightly injured.
According to witnesses, one young man caught the top of his shirt and scarf on a bull's horn, just inches from his face. The man was then dragged several meters along the street. However, he was seen getting up and running away, so was not injured in the incident.
Among those seeking medical assistance yesterday were a 26-year-old Australian, a 21-year-old man from Japan and an elderly local man, who was hospitalized after being horned by a bull.
Mark Martinez, a student from Los Angeles, California, told reporters, "Running with the bulls was the best experience I've had, so much adrenaline. I couldn't touch the horns, I might try that tomorrow."
Some excellent photos of yesterday's event can be viewed here and here.
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