Perspective on The Running of the Bulls

Perspective on The Running of the Bulls

The Hillmann Column By Bill Hillmann This is my inaugural column for RunningoftheBulls.com. This column will be the most in-depth look into the culture of bull running in Spain in the English language. It will appear here monthly throughout the year and daily during the fiesta of San Fermin in Pamplona. Over the past 15 years, I’ve run with the bulls over 300 times all across Spain. I’ve written two books on the culture, Mozos and the forthcoming The Pueblos and I’ve been a subject of a few documentaries both in Spain and the USA,  my journalism and commentary on the culture has appeared in the biggest outlets on the planet. All that said, my greatest asset is that I am a student of…

How to watch the Running of the Bulls Video Stream

If you are wondering how to watch the running of the bulls and you are unable to attend the Pamplona Bull Run in person it is still possible to see the experience online. Tune in to online streams of the Bull Run to catch all of the unbelievable action of the 2019 San Fermin Festival, or watch live below: La banda de música La Pamplonesa lanzará el chupinazo de los Sanfermines Source: RTVE.es Video of Daily 2019 Pamplona Bull Runs

Country Music Artist Roger Creagar Attends the Running of the Bulls

Death-defying pursuits are part and parcel for country music singer Roger Creager, whose thrill-seeking ways led him to straight to Pamplona this year for another chance to run with the bulls. Along with a willing group of buddies, the award-winning songwriter hit the crowded streets of Pamplona for the yearly San Fermin Festival, renowned for its epic all-night parties that make Mardi Gras seem like child’s play. Creager, a born thrill-seeker, joins the 2019 bull run The 2019 Running of the Bulls was not Creager’s first dance with danger. This was the fourth time that the country singer donned a red bandana alongside hundreds of other daredevils. As amazing as the experience was, Creager concedes that he’s probably not doing…

Rolling With The Bulls in Shreveport at Columbia Park

Volunteer matadors are ready to roll with bully breed dogs at Columbia Park in Shreveport at the second annual “Rolling with the Bulls” – a fun twist on Pamplona’s famous Running of the Bulls. The family-friendly event is sponsored by Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation and Caddo Parish Animal Services, along with numerous organizations that want to bring attention to naturally-protective bully breed dogs that are often overlooked for adoption, as well as spay and neuter programs available in the area. Rolling with the Bulls to raise awareness of bully breed dogs Members of the Shreveport-Bossier's own roller derby team, the Twin City Rollers, will play the part of “bulls” on skates at this fun event, scheduled for Saturday, August…

2019 Pamplona Bull Run Injuries

The possibility of suffering life-threatening wounds are part and parcel of the Running of the Bulls – Spain’s largest and most famous bull running event.  The San Fermin Festival runs for nine days in Pamplona every July, and each year dozens of people are seriously hurt as they navigate the twisting cobblestoned streets with six massive bulls that will be fought later that day. This high-adrenaline tradition lures daredevils and thrill-seekers who risk life and limb for a chance to run with Spanish fighting bulls that, with the flick of a horn, can cause crippling injury or even death. While the majority of runners in the ‘encierros’ hail from Spain, increasing numbers of Aussies, Brits, Americans, and other foreign nationals…

Is the Pamplona Bull Run Too Safe?

Is the Pamplona bull run too safe? According to some veteran participants, the traditional festivity is losing its thrills and heart-pounding moments, despite the fact that life-threatening gorings and numerous injuries still happen every year. Precautions taken to increase bull run safety This past July, experienced runners staged a protest just before a Thursday morning encierro. Their complaint: that recent measures and safety precautions have downgraded the excitement in this annual adrenaline-fest. And while it’s still incredibly dangerous to run with the bulls, your chances of being harmed or even killed may be slightly lower. What has changed to improve Pamplona bull run safety? For the last 10 years, officials have applied a special adherent on the cobblestoned streets to…

Near-Death Bull Run Selfie

A California man made headlines for bull run selfie gone horribly wrong when he was almost killed during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain this summer. Jaime Alvarez, who practices law in San Francisco, had completed the 875-meter run unscathed and decided to make a quick selfie video as a keepsake. Near-Death Bull Run Selfie That decision proved almost fatal for the 46-year old Alvarez, who was brutally gored by a bull that seemingly came out of nowhere. The bull’s horn plunged into the right side of the American’s neck, fracturing part of his cheekbone. Alvarez didn’t realize the severity of his wounds until he felt a gush of blood running down his face. Alvarez was whisked away…

2019 Pamplona Bull Run Protest

Experienced runners argue that the adrenaline high of the annual Running of the Bulls has diminished greatly in recent years. Protesters staged a sit-in on Day 5 of the annual Spanish festival, claiming that the world-famous encierros lack the danger and thrills of years past.   Early in the morning of Thursday July 11,  dozens of veteran runners gathered on the course to protest what they label a “denaturing” of the Pamplona bull runs, which are undoubtedly the main draw of the 9-day San Fermin Festival. 2019 Pamplona bull run protest The veteran bull runner protest didn’t last long, but their message was loud and clear. The spine-tingling excitement of running with the bulls is gone, in large part to…

Cancelled Bull Run

Torrential rain sparked flash floods in Navarra this past July, as the Cidacos River breached its banks, inundating the region with more than four meters of water in less than 6 hours. The deadly floodwaters affected multiple towns in northern Spain, including La Rioja, Olite, Aragon, Castille, Valencia, and Pamplona – home of the San Fermin Festival. Canceled bull run caused by heavy flooding The heavy downpour prompted officials to cancel the Tuesday morning bull run – an iconic part of the annual festivities in Pamplona. According to government reports, Navarra was overwhelmed with four times as much rain as had been originally forecast. Many of the region’s secondary roads were closed due to the water damage, and railways near…

Running of the Bulls® 2021 Dates

Running of the Bulls® 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Learn more about the 2020 Running of the Bulls cancellation. We look forward to hosting you in Pamplona in 2021! The Running of the Bulls 2021 will be here before we know it and many people are already scheduling their trips. The Running of the Bulls 2021 dates are July 7 – 14, 2021 in Pamplona, Spain. The San Fermin Festival runs from July 6, 2021 at Noon, until July 14, 2021 at Midnight.  Save up to 45% on your Pamplona Hotel at the Running of the Bulls Here is a list of what day these dates fall on in 2021 and the general focus of each day: Monday,…
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