Being chased by a fearsome, agile and angry horned beast, weighing in at 1,400 lb in the slippery, winding cobblestone streets is what thousands upon thousands of revelers willingly submit to every year at Pamplona’s famous San Fermin festival. Needless to say, injuries promptly follow.
That has been the case this year as well. A week ago I shared with you the disturbing images of enraged bulls goring their human antagonists during the festival’s first day. Well, there is more to share today and it isn’t much prettier.
Now, in fairness, city officials have done their best to limit such incidents. They have, we learn, poured some coating over the cobblestones of Pamplona’s narrow streets to make them less slippery in an attempt to minimize injuries after rain had fallen the night before.
Yet, more revelers were injured during the weekend runs, which attract the most thrill-seeking runners, eager to show off their prowess at the 850-metre course down from the holding pen to Pamplona’s bull ring.
In all, the doctor’s bill shows that four Spaniards and one American have been gored so far this year. One of the Spaniards is reported as being seriously injured. Here is how the chase looks like. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Men fall to the pavement as they come face-to-face with fighting bulls during the San Fermin Festival.
2. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin lasts for nine days and was made famous by the 1926 novel of writer Ernest Hemingway.
3. Men come to blows with some of Spain’s largest and most fearsome fighting animals.
4. Many of the men involved in the festival look afraid as they are charged two enormous bulls.
5. One man is trampled as the bulls make their way through the streets of Pamplona.
6. Revellers run in front of fighting bulls during the sixth ‘running of the bulls’ of the 2014 San Fermin festival in Pamplona.
7. The annual nine-day long fiesta commemorates Saint Fermin, Pamplona’s Patron Saint.
8. Two ‘mozos’ or runners fall in front of Fuente Ymbro’s bulls on their way along the Estafeta stretch, in Pamplona, northern Spain.
9. The weekend ‘runs’ attract thrill-seekers from around the country, but three runners have been injured during this year’s festival.
10. One man sustained an arm injury while another had cuts and bruises to a leg.
11. Fighting bulls from the Fuente Ymbro ranch run through the old cobbled streets of Pamplona.
12. Despite the cobblestones being sprayed with an anti-slip substance, some of the bulls lost their footing.
13. A man prays before running ahead of fighting bulls. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part in the eight days of the running of the bulls.
14. The run takes revelers from Santo Domingo street to the bull ring as part of the San Fermin festival.
15. Three runners were hospitalized following the run that lasted two minutes and forty-nine seconds, according to local media.
16. Festival goers in Pamplona sing a song addressed to their Patron Saint, San Fermin.
17. The nine-day event was immortalized in Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises.
18. City dwellers embrace the annual nine-day long running-with-the-bulls fiesta.
19. A man falls alongside the fighting bulls while running the 850-metre course from a holding pen to Pamplona’s bull ring.
20. Bulls approach the runners at Estafeta corner in Pamplona.
And here are the videos:
Via The Daily Mail.
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