Bull ring
I'm coming to Arizona, permit or not. No bull. Image: emerille/Flickr/CC BY-SA

The running of the bulls — the dangerous event in Pamplona, Spain, that draws thousands of adrenaline junkies yearly — may also become an annual event in the Phoenix suburb of Cave Creek, Ariz. But the upcoming event will have to be held without the support of the town.

Since the 14th century

The running of the bulls is an annual event that has taken place since at least the 14th century in the town of San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain. It began as a method of transporting bulls to a common corral where they would be kept to await their fate in the bullring. Young men, wishing to prove their bravery, wound run among them. The contemporary event occurs every morning from July 7 to July 14. Six Spanish fighting bulls and a herd of bullocks are released into a walled-off path through town. Hundreds of daredevils from all over the world fill the track, running for their lives — quite literally — to outrun the furious beasts.

Popularized by Ernest Hemingway

The event became known to the American public to a large extent because of Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises.”

Rodeo bulls replace fighting bulls

The Cave Creek event, which is scheduled for Oct. 14 to Oct. 16, will differ from its Spanish predecessor in that it will use rodeo bulls instead of the more ferocious Spanish fighting bulls. This, promoters say, will make the event safer — a little.

Town revoked events permit

The town of Cave Creek has revoked a permit sanctioning the event. The decision to do so was not made out of concern for safety of the participants, man or beast. The town’s mayor, Vincent Francia says he believes the event is appropriate for the town. The decision was made because the event’s promoter, Phil Immordino, could not pony up the funds for sufficient insurance coverage.

The town wants the event insured for $3 million, and Immordino is only able to afford $2 million worth of coverage. The revoked permit will not stop the event from happening, but it will protect the town from liability.


Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/29/running-of-bulls-consider_n_940375.html
Run with the Bulls USA: http://runwiththebullsusa.com/
Spanish Fiestas: http://www.spanish-fiestas.com/spanish-festivals/pamplona-bull-running-san-fermin.htm

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