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3 Runners Gored Racing With Bulls at Pamplona's Festival

The running of the bulls in Pamplona draws about 1 million spectators every year

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    Revelers run with Puerto de San Lorenzo's fighting bulls before entering the bullring during the second day of the San Fermin Running of the Bulls festival on July 7, 2019, in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway entitled 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the daily running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona to the bull ring.

    Five people were hospitalized after the opening bull run of this year's San Fermin festival in Pamplona, including two Americans and a Spaniard who were gored by bulls, officials in the northern Spanish city said Sunday.

    A 46-year old man from San Francisco was gored in the neck in the city's bullring, at the end of the 850-meter (930-yard) course. His injuries required surgery, the regional government reported.

    A 23-year old man from Florence, Kentucky and a 40-year-old Spanish man were both gored in the thigh. Two young Spanish men sustained head injuries.

    The running of the bulls in Pamplona draws about 1 million spectators every year. During the nine-day San Fermin fiesta, six bulls are run every morning in the city's narrow streets and then killed in afternoon bullfights.

    First Bull Run in Spain Injures Four

    [NATL] First Bull Run of Year in Spain Injures Four
    At least four people were injured but no one was gored as thousands of thrill-seekers tested their agility and courage by racing alongside fighting bulls through the streets of Pamplona on July, 7 2016. The race in the northern Spanish city in the first bull run of the San Fermin festival. Runners dash along with six bulls down a narrow 930-yard course from a holding pen to Pamplona's bull ring. Thursday's run lasted 2 minutes, 28 seconds. The nine-day fiesta became world famous with Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises" and attracts thousands of foreign tourists.
    (Published Friday, July 8, 2016)

    Hundreds of "runners" race ahead of or next to the bulls, while the more risk-averse watch from balconies. Some Americans come to follow in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway, who immortalized the Pamplona festival in his 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises."

    The first run of this year's festival run featured bulls from the Puerto de San Lorenzo cattle breeder.

    The pack dashed together along the cobblestoned, barricaded street course. Toward the end, one of the bulls stumbled briefly, causing panic and at least one goring when it resumed the race and charged at some of the racers.

    The local Red Cross said emergency personnel attended to 48 people with less serious or minor injuries, including two who were trampled by the racing bulls.

    The run, which lasted 2 minutes and 41 seconds, came after the festival's official opening — or "Chupinazo" — on Friday, when tens of thousands of party-goers shower each other with wine and champagne in a packed square.

    The annual festival also includes music performances, traditional sports and dance displays, a religious procession on Sunday to honor the local patron, a firework competition and endless partying.

    Six Injured in Sixth Running of the Bulls of 2017

    [NATL] Six Injured in Sixth Running of the Bulls of 2017

    Wednesday was the sixth running of the bulls this year in Pamplona, Spain.  As part of a nine-day festival, hundreds run ahead of six bulls on a path to the bull fighting stadium. Six people were injured Wednesday morning. Five people had been gored by bulls since the festival began on Friday.

    (Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017)