Running of the Bulls 2010: Female Runners, Injuries and a Runaway Bull
July 10, 2010
(ChattahBox)—”Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bull-fighters,” so writes the late Ernest Hemingway in his now iconic novel that made Spain’s running of the bulls famous, “The Sun also Rises.” And dare devils from around the world, some fueled with liquid courage, others having a death wish, have arrived annually at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona to experience the ultimate thrill to live their lives to the fullest, like the famed bull-fighters. This year, several runners were injured, with one severely gored, but no lives were lost as was the case last year.
Friday’s race was relatively long, 6 minutes 23 seconds, because a lone bull broke away from the herd and sent runners scurrying, as the bull nearly lost its footing on a slick pavement.
After the morning running of the bulls, the animals are readied for afternoon bullfights.
“Each morning for seven days, runners dressed in white trousers and red scarves coax a herd of six bulls through Pamplona’s crowd-lined streets to the main bullfighting ring, where the bulls are reconvened each afternoon for bullfighting.
“The route they follow is the same each day, but the livestock used come from different areas of Spain. At least one woman participated in the mostly male run on Friday.”
Animal rights activists have long sought to ban the ancient sport of bullfighting in Spain, but the tradition has persisted. An initiative seeking a ban in Catalonia is up for a vote later this month. But the economic downturn and tight local budgets may prove more of a problem for the sport, as communities decide to fund education, instead of a bullfight.
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Johnbojaen/Bulls running on 7th July 2005, Consistorial Square, Pamplona.