Running-of-the-bulls event planned for Minnesota


A new plan to hold a running-of-the-bulls event in Minnesota has momentum not long after a similar proposal was trampled.

The latest plan calls for bringing a stampede of adrenaline junkies to the Elk River Extreme Motor Park northwest of the Twin Cities for The Great Bull Run on May 10. Runners will sprint a quarter-mile with real live bulls, event planners say.

The event website promises that it will be "the real deal, modeled after the famous San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, but without all the time and money required for a trip to Europe!"

Organizers warn that there is a real risk of serious injury, but they also note the event isn't "as dangerous as you'd think." They offer this helpful graphic on how to evade being gored:

In a frequently-asked-questions section, they note that the bulls are not harmed, unlike in Pamplona, where the animals are killed. It's fairly rare that the human participants die in Pamplona, although 15 people have been killed in that event's long history, USA Today reported.

The cost for participants in Elk River is $45 if they register by March 21, or $70 at the venue (price includes a T-shirt and one beer).

The Elk River event is up and running after another Great Bull Run event planned for the Canterbury Park racetrack was scrapped last summer. A Canterbury spokesperson told WCCO-AM in August that the board wasn’t comfortable with the insurance and liability issues. That was about a week after a bull got loose at the Dakota County Fairgrounds and injured eight people.

Organizers say they are planning similar bull runs in nine other locations around the U.S. this year.

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