The World's Most Dangerous Run: No Bull

Thousands flock to Spain to risk being gored by half-ton bulls


These days everyone is looking for a quick workout that could change their life. In Pamplona, Spain there’s a 2-minute race held every year that could kill you.

A fireworks burst at 8 a.m. launches thousands of people down the narrow streets of Pamplona. A second burst releases 12 half-ton bulls and steers to thunder down the chaotic streets towards the bullfighting arena—goring and stomping people along the way.

“Running of the Bulls” is the main event of the 9-day San Fermin Festival that runs from July 6-14, but it's a tradition that dates back to the 15th century. The bull’s path is a 930-yd course made up of uneven cobblestone streets that are made slick by the spilled alcohol and trash from long nights of partying.

At the midway point, over 100 people have been treated at hospitals for injuries sustained in the first five days of the run. So far no one has been gored and mangled by a bull’s horns.

Since they started keeping records in 1910, fourteen people have been gored and trampled to death by charging bulls on the narrow, windy streets of Pamplona. The last death occurred in 2009, when a 29-year-old Spaniard was gored through the neck and lung. In 1995, the last American fatality was student Matthew Tassio.

New Yorkers may be surprised to learn that New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan ran this year not once, but twice. The Active Times warns you to undertake this hairy adventure at your own risk.

Check out the raw footage below of this years running of the bulls.


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