Three men were gored during the first run of Pamplona’s bull-running festival Monday. Two of them were from the United States, while the third was from Navarra in Spain.
According to local media, a 35-year-old US citizen sustained a chest wound and a 29-year-old US citizen was gored in the scrotum. Another 39-year-old man, from Ireland, was also injured in the race. All of them were taken to a nearby hospital, reports said.
Some more runners were treated for minor injuries after two bulls separated from the other four in the pack on their way to bull ring, and completed the 850-metre course in just under three minutes, the average time of run.
The animals were from cattle breeder Cebada Gago in Andalucia, renowned for rearing dangerous bulls responsible for the most injuries in the history of the week-long San Fermin festival, Reuters reported.
The bull run, in which hundreds of people get injured every year, is a long-standing controversial tradition of Spain. Animal right activists have been long demanding a ban on the race.
On Wednesday, around 100 shirtless protesters covered in red powder staged protest against bull fighting and bull runs in Pamplona, Reuters reported. The activists, belonging to animal rights groups People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), bore slogans including ‘Stop Bull Fights’ painted in black on their chests and wore horns.
The race is part of the festival of San Fermines, that runs from July 6 to July 14 every year. The first race is held on July 7.
Here are some interesting facts about the bull-run race:
1.Historians believe that the tradition began in 1385 with bull fights in Pamplona. Some other are of the opinion the tradition officially began in 1591 when three events the festival of San Fermin, the livestock fair, and the bullfighting festival were combined, the Week reported
2.Each run consists of 6 bulls and 6 steers that run alongside. The length of the run is 826 meters, about half a mile. The race takes less than 3 minutes to complete.
3.The official record-keeping of the event began in 1924. Since then 15 people have died in the run, hundreds of injuries are reported every year.
4.Anyone above 18 years of age can participate in the run. Earlier women participants were not allowed. However, in 1974, rule of the game were changed to allow participation of women. A special race for children are also conducted where they run with fake bulls stuffed with fireworks, reports said.
5.The Pamplona running of the bulls is broadcast live on two national television networks, allowing everyone to witness the festivities.
6.The runners traditionally wear white pants and shirts along with a red scarf tied on the neck or waist. The look is meant to honor St. Fermin, who was the first Bishop of Fermin.
7.Pamplona City Council has also released a mobile application that gives tips and advises to the runners and statistics of each year since 1980.
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