I ran with the aussies and americans
bulls this year. Was staying in a hostel in London looking for work when I met a few guys from Sydney who had bought a school bus converted into a camping car; with the plan to surf the atlantic coast of France, Spain and Portugal. Became friends, they invited me along. One of the two bookings in advance they had made was a stay at a campsite in Zarautz (60km from Pamplona), with the intention of doing the run (other was the tomatina :eyeroll:). Was full of aussies, kiwis and yanks, bit of a change to some of the campsites in France that only had old frenchies and germans who liked sitting around in their underwear. It was pretty loose, 5 euro for all you can drink beer / sangria. The Pamplona opening ceremony was ridiculous, basically people spraying each other with sangria all day, everyone drinking in the main square and surrounding streets. Had never seen anything like it. We ran with the bulls on the second day; up early, on a bus from the campsite into Pamplona. I had actually decided to watch rather than run, but on the day we were walking together towards the clock-tower and found ourselves in the street where it took place, people absolutely everywhere, the gates were closed behind us and so it was on. There was a bit of a wait, then a cannon shot, then utter chaos. The people (probably equal amounts of aussies / americans / spanish) almost as dangerous as the 600kg bulls themselves. Stopping, turning around, falling over, pushing people into the middle, fuck. I lost a shoe amidst the chaos but didnt stop to bend and pick it up. Ass in the air? Fuck that. We sprinted forwarded after the cannon shot, got around the inside part of 'dead man's corner' (bulls lack traction control and swing out to the left when turning right), then stood flat against the wall as they passed. There are two runs, the first being the big horn bastards, the second (few minutes later), the cows. I believe you can only make it into the arena (parade of sorts, baby bulls etc) if you beat the cows to it.
Originally Posted by West24
tons of people do it. the thing is they dont let you near the bulls unless youre experienced etc. all the tourists n all start in tiers and your way in front.
The only people i saw pulled out from the crowd prior to the start of the run were the excessively drunk. Anyone else could pretty much work their way to wherever they wanted. None of us had done it before, and bulls passed within 2 meters of us.
Also, apparently the locals don't like people touching the bulls, one guy at the campsite had his nose broken; he touched one and copped a strike across the face with a stick.
Would not do it again.