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Pamplona Reports More Injuries from Bull Races

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7Dnews London

Tue, 09 Jul 2019 12:58 GMT

Bulls are running once again in the Spanish city of Pamplona. Within the first three days of the nine-day long festival, authorities have already reported several gory accidents. Two more people were injured in the latest bull run on Tuesday, July 9th.

Tuesday’s race followed the traditional route of 930 yards (850 metres) of cobblestone streets in the city of Pamplona, located in the northwest of Spain. The section of the race where the bulls and the people who join them for the final run towards the bullring, lasted just over two minutes, which makes this the fastest race so far this year.

Fortunately, there were no gorings by bulls reported for this particular run, unlike in previous days. Four people from America and Spain have been gored since the daily races started on Sunday, AP reported.

One of those injured was American lawyer Jaime Alvarez, whose desire to have a selfie as proof of running with the bulls turned into a near-death experience. A charging bull ran towards him and gored his neck. 

Alvarez was on holiday with his family, when he made the decision to join the bull run on Sunday. A decision for which he credits the atmosphere and energy in the streets of Pamplona during the festival.

“The joy and the excitement of being in the bullring quickly turned into a scare, into real fear for my life,” Alvarez told AP on Monday, at a regional hospital where he was recovering from surgery.

The San Fermin festival, often referred to as "the Running of the Bulls" in English, lasts nine days and attracts tourists and revellers from around the world. The running of the bulls is the best-known part of the festivities, but the festival consists of nine days of non-stop partying and draws about 1 million spectators to the city of 200,000 every year.

This leads to hundreds of runners with varying degrees of fitness and hours of sleep dashing through the streets to test their bravery and speed with what are typically six, but sometimes ten or more fighting bulls, that have been let loose on the town's streets.

AP reported that there has been a total of 16 deaths from the event since records began in 1910.