The Running of the Bulls - anybody done it? How do you get into it? I'm interested in running with the bulls this year in Pamplona. How exactly does one go about doing it?
The Running of the Bulls is part of the San Fermin Fiesta in Pamplona. The bull run takes place at 8am sharp every morning from the 7 to 14 July. There is a designated route, and runners are asked to be in position on the route by 7.45am. At 8am a rocket is fired to notify runners that the bulls have been released onto the course, and the actual run takes around 3 to 4 minutes, though it probably seems like a lifetime to the runners! Accommodation will be difficult to get as most roms are booked out months in advance, and the prices triple for San Fermin. Sleeping in the park is an option and, believe me, you won't be alone. Just don't take valuables and keep your passport and credit/debit cards, cash etc on your body in a money belt. You can find out more about the festival, and how to participate in the bull run, from http://www.sanfermin.com There are English pages, and the information on participating has been written by people who actually done the bull run. They have plenty of experience, know what they're talking about, so when it comes to safely issues take note of what they say. The website also has a map of the course, and lists the best places along the course to start from. Don't run if you're drunk or hungover. If you're obviously drunk, you won't be allowed on the course.. While people do get gored by bulls, most accidents happen from other runners panicking, slipping over and causing others to fall, or from sheer stupidity. If it's something you really want to do, then go for it, but please take note of any warnings - these exist for a reason. Be aware that, if you're unlucky enough to be injured, you might not be able to claim on travel insurance. Have just found information on the Pamplona Town Hall website (Pamplona Ayuntamiento) which has a map of the course http://www.pamplona.net/img/planog.jpg and Advice to Runners http://www.pamplona.net/VerPagina.asp?IdPag=288&Idioma=5 These are easy to read guidelines.