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Run With The Bulls…In Arizona?!

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 30, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 31, 2011 at 10:05 AM UTC
Arizona runners now have their chance to get chased by bulls. Photo: Australian Times

Arizona runners now have their chance to get chased by bulls. Photo: Australian Times

Thrill-seeking runners no longer need to head to Spain.

If you live in or near Arizona and are looking for a great speed workout, here’s your chance: According to an article on the Today Web site, a Pamplona “run with the bulls” style event is being planned for the Phoenix suburbs. However, the effort isn’t going smoothly with town officials revoking the event’s permit.

Event spokesman Phil Immordino said that six or seven runs will take place on October 14 and 15 on private property.

He dismissed the town’s action as an excuse to not get sued, because of injuries and noted that a permit is not required if the event is held on private property. A similar event has been held in Mesquite, Nevada in 1998, 1999, and 2002.

“You know, there’s some bumps and some bruises, some people get knocked over, but these bulls don’t have sharp horns like they do in Pamplona,” said Immordino.

He clarified that these type of events were created to give the struggling rodeo industry some good publicity.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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