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Today’s post I want to focus on something that I will never understand. The running of the Bull and Bull Riding; the individuals that do it know the risks they are taking and could possibly get trampled on by a Bull, but they do it anyway. Some say it’s a great adrenaline rush. I don’t know, maybe I can compare to jumping out of a plane, which gives me or gave me a rush.

The Running of the Bulls you have 12 big ass Bulls running after you. This is how it is organized: A first rocket is set off at 8 a.m. to alert the runners that the corral gate is open. A second rocket signals that all six bulls have been released. The third and fourth rockets are signals that all of the herd has entered the bullring and its corral respectively, marking the end of the event. The average duration between the first rocket and the end of the encierro (encierro is The Running of the Bulls (in Spanish encierro, from the verb encerrar, to fence in, to lock/shut up, to pen) is a practice that involves running in front of a small group (typically a dozen) of bulls that have been let loose, on a course of a sectioned-off subset of a town’s streets.) is four minutes. The herd is composed of the six bulls to be fought in the afternoon, six steers that run with the bulls, and three more steers that leave the corral two minutes later. The function of the oxen is to guide the herd. The average speed of the herd is 24 km/h (15 mph). The length of the run is 826 metres (903 yards). It goes through four streets of the old part of the city (Santo Domingo, Town Hall Square, Mercaderes and Estafeta) and a section called Telefónica before entering into the bullring. The fastest part of the route is up Santo Domingo and across the Town Hall Square, but in the past the bulls often became separated at the entrance to Estafeta Street as they slowed down. One or more would slip going into the turn at Estafeta, but, with the use of the new anti-slip surfacing, most of the bulls negotiate the turn onto Estafeta and are often ahead of the steers. This has resulted in a quicker run.

I don’t know about you, but having 6-12 Huge Bulls running at me, I would be scared for my life. I wonder about the individuals that are in the very back of the group, I’m pretty sure that those individuals are trampled. Every year, between 200 and 300 people are injured during the run although most injuries are contusions due to falls and are not serious. Not all the injuries require taking the patients to the hospital: in 2013 50 people were taken by ambulance to Pamplona’s hospital, with this number nearly doubling that of 2012. After doing some research I found out that 15 individuals have lost their lives for the Running of the Bulls, but this is from 1924 – 2009, but hundreds trampled on or gored by the horns of the bulls. I can honestly say that YOU WILL NOT SEE ME PARTICIPATING IN THE RUNNING OF THE BULLS!

Bull Riding is a rodeo sport that involves a rider getting on a large bull and attempting to stay mounted while the animal attempts to buck off (buck is simply the bull is trying to get the rider off his back) the rider. In the American tradition the rider must stay atop the bucking bull for 8 seconds. The rider tightly fastens one hand to the bull with a long braided rope. It is a risky sport and has been called “the most dangerous 8 seconds in sports. Outside of the USA, bull riding traditions with varying rules and histories also exist in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia, with the majority of them following similar rules, especially with the Professional Bull Riders organization. As I said previously that I don’t want to be running from a bull, but you want me to get of his back and try to stay on for at least 8 second? No playa, you can have that too. 

I’ve always wondered if these people that do this for an adrenaline rush, do they understand the risks and are willing to possibly being seriously injured or could die? Maybe they do, but don’t care. I’ve written enough, I know everybody is watching their team either win or lose. If you feel that the information that I researched is wrong, please let me know.

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