When : Opening ceremony, fireworks display on July
Running of the bulls is scheduled every morning from 8AM July 7-14.
It was American writer Ernest Hemingway who helped spread the word of the tradition in such books as "The Sun Also Rises" and "Death in the Afternoon."
Today, increasing numbers of tourists join the crowds in Pamplona, Spain at the height of the travel season in July at the famous Running of the Bulls at the annual Fiesta San Fermin.
It begins in 2018, as usual, on July 6 and continues for 8 days (and nights filled with partying and celebration) until July 14 along a traditional route leading to the Plaza de Toro.
Media coverage has taken the annual running of the bulls worldwide to the delight of armchair runners everywhere - with news, updates, daily bull running blogs, pictures, and video appearing almost hourly during the nine-day festival.
Of particular interest are photos and video clips depicting victory ... for the bull!
Dramatic gorings, tramplings, and related eyewitness accounts have become the stuff of Internet legend, as images of victims flipped head-over-heels by the horns of an oncoming bull are the stark equivalent of an urban car wreck. Viewers just can't look away.
Stretching for 11 meters (36 feet), the monument to the bull run is just off the main square in Pamplona.
By tradition, he running of the bulls begins as a prelude to a major bullfight. It's a custom that originated in the 19th century when townspeople would line the streets to view the bulls being 'run' or transported from their corrals to the arena. The most macho teens and young men would then show off their bravado by jumping into the herd as it passed.
But by modern reckoning, it's not all in good fun. With various injuries having taken place in recent years, a notable terminal mishap occurred in 2009 when a 27-year-old Spaniard, Daniel Jimeno Romero, became the first goring fatality since 1995. More recently, over a half dozen people were hospitalized with serious injuries during the 2013 Running of the Bulls.
Avoiding the pain in Spain - How to run with the bulls
Ready, set .... run!
As always, it is highly recommended that runners be fit, agile, and have their wits about them at all times.
Those under the age of 18 need not apply, and all participants must be at the entry gates by 7:30AM for each morning's 8AM start time. Arrive sober!
Remember - you'll be running with a herd of wild animals, with horns. Between the lesser of two evils, trampling is always preferable to goring (which accounts for most of the fatalities), so if you're threatened with being run over, drop to the ground and remain in the fetal position until all danger is passed.
That said, most of the 200-300 injuries a year are a result of trips and falls while running or crashing into the street barriers!
For the main event, a double fence marks the entire route of the bull run through the streets. This helps guide participants, spectators, (and the bulls) throughout the 900 yards it takes to get from the corral in Calle Santo Domingo to the bullring.
DID YOU KNOW? Running of the Bulls fun facts
Live ... from Pamplona.
• Like the World Cup or the Super Bowl, the Pamplona running of the bulls is broadcast live on national television.
• The running of the bulls is Pamplona's biggest tourist draw of the year. More than 50% of participants who run with the bulls are tourists.
• Besides the running of the bulls, the festival features a carnival atmosphere of souvenir vendors, street performers, evening fireworks, and first class people watching.
• The build-up to each day's run may be exciting, but it's an adrenalin rush that lasts all of 3-4 minutes from beginning to end.
• While the festival at Pamplona is the most famous, it is only one of many events held throughout Spain and in other countries. That includes bull runs in Portugal, Mexico, and in Southern France.
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