The Great Bull Run

You don’t need to hop a flight to Spain to experience the thrill of a lifetime. Inspired by the world-famous Running of the Bulls in Spain, The Great Bull Run brings this time-honored Pamplona tradition to cities across the United States. That’s right, the legendary Running of the Bulls is finally here in the U.S. — and you can join in the excitement! Feel the adrenaline rush as you run beside 1,500-pound bulls barreling down a quarter-mile track, then celebrate with thousands of revelers in a massive, day-long festival that features mechanical bulls, dance parties, beer, and more!

The Great Bull Run invites U.S. thrill-seekers

The Great Bull Run models itself after the centuries-old races in Pamplona, where brave participants risk life and limb while dashing alongside Spain’s prized fighting bulls as they careen down narrow streets. If you’re in the mood to look real danger in the eye, mark your calendar and buy your tickets to America’s Great Bull Run today. 

This isn’t a simulated bull run; this is the REAL DEAL. Just like the animals featured in the San Fermin Festival bull runs, these beasts are primed to run fast, and each second of the race is highly unpredictable. Though these American bulls are somewhat less aggressive than those used in Pamplona, runners still do run the risk of sustaining serious injuries.  This event isn’t for the faint of heart; participants in the Great Bull Run must enter the race knowing they may be jostled, trampled, bumped, or even gored during the event.

Daredevil Experiences Are More Fun with Friends

Just how dangerous is the Great Bull Run compared to Pamplona’s death-defying races? There are a number of differences that make these runs measurably safer. For one, the animals’ horns are not pointed and sharpened, reducing the risk of goring injuries. Also, participants won’t be scrambling across uneven, cobblestone streets with few spots in which to escape, duck, or hide. The U.S. bull run courses will have ample notches, coves, and exit points for runners to use when needed. The steers or bulls will be set free in small groups of six at any given time, providing participants a better chance of finishing the course without harm.

The day-long festival also boasts Tomato Royale: an epic tomato fight fashioned after Valencia’s La Tomatina. FOOD FIGHT! Imagine the messy fun of hurling juicy tomatoes at fellow runners, friends, and strangers with total abandon. Anyone 14 or older is invited to participate in the Tomato Royale.

Get Your Tickets to Run, Watch or Volunteer

Interested in participating in The Great Bull Run? Events are scheduled for Virginia, Georgia, Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. You must be 18 years or older with a valid government ID to purchase tickets. Save money and buy your tickets in advance!

What you get:

  • One run with the bulls
  • A commemorative soft-cotton t-shirt
  • A commemorative bandana
  • One free beer (21+)

Sprinting with bulls isn’t for everyone. For those who want to witness the crazy action, party with friends, ride mechanical bulls, and make some lasting memories, reduced ticket pricing is also available. Spectators areas will feature festival games, live music, food, and plenty of frosty beverages.

Volunteer tickets are also on sale and let you run with the bulls for FREE! A small deposit is required to reserve your spot and will be refunded when your time slot ends. The deposit helps ensure these critical volunteer positions are filled with only the most dedicated thrill-seekers.

Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

Running with the Bulls is a Bucket List experience for many, and The Great Bull Run in the United States gives adventure-aficionados the opportunity to grab life by the horns without crossing the pond. Animal lovers can rest easy in the knowledge that these festivals do not culminate in bloody bullfights with matadors, and veterinarians are on hand at each festival to monitor the treatment and health of the bulls at all times.

Get ready to party like it’s Pamplona and embrace your inner daredevil! The Great Bull Run promises an extraordinary experience for participants and spectators alike. See you there!


Check out the great bull run gallery, get excited, and start planning your once in a lifetime experience. Get ready to be a part of the unique Spanish tradition. The great bull run brings adrenaline-fueled fun for all. Find out about all the events featured in the festival, gather your friends and family, and start planning your trip. Food, drinks, parties, mechanical bulls, games, and the great bull run make the perfect festival for all. Find out all about the running of the bulls.

Participants love the fun and energy during the running of the bulls, and they keep coming back each year for more. Contact us for tickets, accommodations, reservations, tours, and everything you need to know about the event. Our guests rate our service excellent and find our information really helpful to prepare for their experiences. Watch some running of the bull photos and videos and see what this is all about.

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The Great Bull Run Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the great bull run?
    The great bull run is your chance to experience the Spanish-style fiesta. It is the one epic party you don’t wanna miss.
  • When is the great bull run?
    The running of the bulls 2020 dates will be announced soon. Keep an eye out for our event schedule.
  • What does it take to run with the bulls?
    It takes courage, bravery, and preparation. Sign up for a course to prepare you to run with the bulls today.
  • Do you need a ticket to run with the bulls?
    Spectator tickets are available for purchase. Runners don’t need a ticket. Get your running of the bulls tickets before they sell out.
  • Can anyone participate in the bull run?
    Everyone can participate as spectators, but runners must be over 21 years old. Check out the running of the bulls rules and policies so you don’t get kicked out during the event.
  • How many bulls are in the bull run?
    Every bull run features 5 to 6 bulls. The bulls are around 1,500 pounds and they dash through the course. The runners spread out through different sections of the route based on their skill level.
  • How long is the bull run?
    The bull run route is no longer than 1 kilometer. Sign up for a bull run route tour before the event to become familiar with the course.


Contact us to see how can you participate in the real thing. Running with the bulls is a bucket list item for many. This Spanish tradition is known worldwide. Guests all ages are welcome, there is plenty of activities for all. Whether guests are running or watching the bull run, everyone should prepare and plan in advance. Get your running of the bulls tickets, plan your Pamplona trip, and make the most out of your experience.

Check out our Running of the Bulls Packages, or just buy a la carte. We’re the Pamplona experts and would love to help you find your Pamplona Bullfight Tickets, get you all set with a Pamplona Balcony Rental, and find Pamplona Hotels.

The San Fermin festival brings over 1 million visitors to Pamplona which makes it hard to even get dinner reservations in Pamplona. Our Pamplona Restaurant Guide can help you with that. Make sure you plan and book all your Pamplona Tours and activities in advance.