Running of the Bulls 2011: Get Out of the Way!
AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos
Today marked the third day of the San Fermin Festival in the northern city of Pamplona, best known for its Running of the Bulls. What most people probably don't know is that the famed running, or encierro, is not a singular event. The practice occurs at 8 a.m. every morning from July 7 to July 14.
With the shot of a firecracker, a stampede of bulls is released from its pen to run a 900 yard route through the town to the bullring. In front of them are throngs of runners hoping to make it there before the bulls do. Behind a double fence built along the route - or from rented apartment balconies - sane spectators watch in safety.
So far this year, four men didn't fare so well: One had the misfortune of being gored in the leg while the others fell or were trampled, reports the International Business Times.
Watch the video below for a taste of the chaos.
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