“Running of the Bulls” is a must-try for fans of extreme sports. The game happens every July 7th to 14th during the Fermin Festival at Pamplona, Spain. It’s a 4-minute sprint, but with fierce animals chasing you. Six oxen and bulls are respectively released to run free along pre-determined streets that usually stretches to over 800 meters in addition to a few uphill terrains. With 2,000-3,500 participants, people are expected to have trained months before to catch up with the activity’s energy demands.
Running of the Bulls has existed for 100+ years with 15 people killed under its belt and 200-300 light injuries happening annually, there’s a slight risk involved in the game. The majority of the casualties are caused by tripping and the overcrowding of the pre-determined pavements.
Authorities advise that players must avoid going near lone bulls and congested areas to prevent any discomfort. These bulls are likely to be upset and charge on people, but they are harmless when they travel together as a herd. The oxen are trained to guide the bulls towards the “arena” located at the end of each route. Falling could mean being trampled by people; it’s a must to stay on your feet at all costs. If one falls near a bull, don’t get up right away and look for cover, standing up will agitate it and will be likely to attack. Do not be under any substance while participating as irresponsible actions could lead to fatal situations.