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Monday, July 18, 2011

Did you know that Spanish lore says the true origin of running with the bulls began in North-eastern Spain during the early 14th century?

Did you know that the Running of the Bulls is a practice that involves running in front of a small group (typically a dozen) of bulls that have been let loose, on a course of a sectioned-off subset of a town's streets?
Did you know that the most famous running of the bulls is that of the seven-day festival of Sanfermines in honour of San Fermín inPamplona, although they are held in towns and villages across SpainPortugal, and in some cities in Mexico,[3] Mesquite, Nevada,[4] and southern France, during the summer?
 Did you know that running with the bulls anyone can compete although bullfights are performed by professionals?
Did you know that the running with the bulls main is to transport the bulls from the off-site corrals where they had spent the night, to the bullring where they would be killed in the evening?
 Did you know that Spanish lore says the true origin of running with the bulls began in North-eastern Spain during the early 14th century?

Did you know that before Pamplona bull run a set of wooden or iron barricades is erected to direct the bulls along the route and to block off side streets?

Did you know that there may be a double row of barricades along the route to allow runners to quickly exit in case of danger?

Did you know that the gaps in the barricades are wide enough for a person to slip through, but narrow enough to block a bull?

Did you know that the Pamplona encierro is the most popular running of the bulls in Spain and is broadcast live by two national television channels? 

Did you know that running with the bulls is the highest profile event of the San Fermin festival, which is held every year from July 6–14?    

Did you know that the first bull running is on July 7, followed by one on each of the following mornings of the festival, beginning every day at 8 am?

Did you know that all participants must be at least 18 years old, run in the same direction as the bulls, not incite the bulls, and not be under the influence of alcohol?

Did you know that the length of the run is 826 meters (903 yards)?

Did you know that every year, during the running of the bulls between 200 and 300 people are injured during the run?
Did you know that since 1910, 15 people have been killed in Pamplona from the running with the bills?

Did you know that the English town of Stamford, Lincolnshire was host to a bull-running festival for almost 700 years until it was abandoned in 1837? 

In 2008 Red Bull Racing driver David Coulthard and Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Sébastien Bourdais performed a version of 'bull running' event in Pamplona, Spain, with the Formula One cars chasing 500 runners through the actual Pamplona route.[16] with Formula 1 race cars.[17]

Did you know that in Ballyjamesduff, Ireland, an annual "Pig Run" is held?
Did you know that the pig run looks just like the bull run except with wild boars
Did you know that the Big Easy Rollergirls roller derby team has performed a version of annual bull run in New Orleans since 2007 in New Orleans, Louisiana?[18][19]
Did you know that in Dewey Beach, Delaware, the Starboard bar[20] sponsors an annual Running of the Bull [sic], in which hundreds of white-clad beachgoers are chased down the shore by a single “bull” (two people in a costume)?

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