Large crowd at Pamplona for bull run but no one gored

AP News
Posted: Jul 12, 2015 10:35 AM
Large crowd at Pamplona for bull run but no one gored

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — The number of thrill-seeking revelers at the sixth day of the San Fermin festival's running of the bulls in Pamplona swelled to more than 3,000 but no one was gored Sunday.

Red Cross spokesman Alfonso Contin said initial reports indicated a possible broken arm in the bull run, but the injury to a 22-year-old Spaniard from the northwestern city of Oviedo was later confirmed to be a shoulder dislocation.

The run featured bulls from the Conde de la Maza breeder — weighing in between 1,235 and 1,367 pounds (560-620 kilograms).

Despite their large size, the bulls hurtled along the 930 yards (850 meters) from a holding pen on the edge of town to the central bullring in two minutes, 27 seconds — a fast time.

The amount of runners on Sunday appeared to be larger than previous days. Viewed from above, the narrow cobblestone streets of Pamplona showed very few spaces among runners jostling alongside the muscle-bound bulls as they sped along.

Although the beasts pushed and shoved runners aside as they thundered through the streets, there were no serious incidents. The last time Conde de la Maza bulls ran in Pamplona was in 1981.

The nine-day fiesta, held annually to honor the northern city's patron saint, dates back to the late 16th century. It became world-famous after Ernest Hemingway featured it in his 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises."

Most of the tens of thousands of tourists attracted to Pamplona each year come from the U.S., Britain and Australia.