Spain’s Running of the Bulls ends in fast run, 2 injured

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Bulls from revered Spanish ranch Miura starred in a fast and simple final bull run at this year’s San Fermín Festival on Thursday.

The Spanish Red Cross said two people had to be taken to a hospital in the city of Pamplona for blows and bruises after the run which lasted just over two minutes.

No honking was reported as the Miuras, known for being alert and quick to react, mostly huddled together and paid little attention to the runners as they ran towards the arena.

A runner escaped serious injury when a bull’s horn appeared to graze the right side of his head before falling to the ground.

The eighth and final race of the festival at 8 a.m. saw hundreds of people, mostly men and far fewer than usual, test their agility in accompanying six fighting bulls and their direction along an 875-mile course. meters (956 yards) through Pamplona to the city’s bullring. . The bulls are killed by professional bullfighters later in the day.

Tens of thousands of visitors attend the Pamplona Festival, immortalized in Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel ‘The Sun Also Rises’. The festival is also popular for its 24-hour party.

During this year’s festival, which started on July 6, four people were gored, none seriously.

Eight people were gored in 2019, the last festival before a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sixteen people have died in the bullfights of Pamplona since 1910, the last fatality in 2009.