The Insanity Of Running With The Bulls

Mark-Potts by Mark-Potts on Jul. 11, 2013

Every year, thousands of people from around the world gather in Pamplona, Spain for the Fiesta de San Fermin Festival. While this isn't an exact fact, it's safe to say every person who runs is slightly insane/stupid because they're basically trying to outrun a dozen angry bulls with huge horns and no qualms about smashin' fools. But hey, tradition is tradition!

The runs occur every morning of the nine-day festival. At 8am, six bulls and six steers (castrated bulls that help keep the heard together because nature and whatnot) charge down the narrow streets towards people wearing all white with red scarves (which is suppose to make bulls angry but Mythbusters doesn't agree).

About 200 - 300 people are injured each year during the run. Since record-keeping began in 1910, fifteen people have been killed, the last in 2009 from goring. In fact, all but two deaths have been caused by gorging. One man was killed when hit by a bull's horn, another suffocated in a pile-up of people.

If you lived, you'd celebrate too.

Would you run with the bulls? Let us know!

- Mark (twitter)