Several Thrill Seekers Injured Running with the Bulls
Several people were injured Saturday during the 2nd running of the bulls at this year’s San Fermin festival in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona.
The regional government of Navarra said that a 22-year-old American man identified with the initials JC was in serious condition at a nearby hospital after being gored. Another 35-year-old American identified as BH was in stable condition after being gored.
Three other Americans, 3 Frenchmen and three Spaniards needed treatment at the hospital for injures received during the frantic and crowded run of thrill-seekers.
On Friday, 3 Americans and a Spaniard were gored on the 1st running. All were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The 1st part of Saturday’s run was dangerous, with the bulls plowing into the slower-moving crowds, knocking many runners down as they maneuvered through the narrow streets and wooden barricades.
The bulls from the ranch of Jose Escolar confirmed their reputation as being unpredictable.
The bulls completed the 930-yard cobbled-street course in just over 4 mins, over the average of 3 mins because one bull broke away from the rest and turned around.
The lone bull had to be guided through the course by a small group of castrated bulls trained to accompany rogue bulls to the Bullring, where they will face certain death in a bullfight.
The 9-day Festival of San Fermin attracts tens of thousands of party-goers and thrill seekers from Spain and abroad.
The Festival was popularized by Nobel Literature laureate Ernest Hemingway’s Y 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises.”
Have a terrific weekend.
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