Hundreds of adrenaline junkies clambered through the streets of Pamplona in front of the traditional bull run of the Spanish city, which brought seven people to hospital this morning – including a thrill seeker who was brutally pumped into the arm.
When the army of revelers stamped off the 930-meter course of the furious bulls, six people stumbled and suffered ugly blows as they collided with the paved road.
But these injuries were minor compared to the puncture wounds of a 27-year-old man from Valencia whose flesh was pierced by one of the animal's horns.
All seven received hospital treatment after the race, according to regional hospital spokesman Thomas Belunegui.
But despite the hard blows, some runners have protested against the organizers of the event, who, according to them, have paralyzed this year's runs with health and safety issues.
Today's bull run was the fifth of this year's San Fermin festival, which started on Saturday and lasts until the following Monday.
The current bull run in Pamplona was the fifth of the San Fermin festival that started on Saturday and lasts until the following Monday
When the army of revelers stamped off the 930-meter course of the furious bulls, six people stumbled and suffered ugly blows when they crashed on the paved road
Hundreds of adrenaline addicts this morning loaded through the streets of Pamplona for the traditional bull run of the Spanish city, which brought seven people into the hospital
Shave close by! A reveler is thrown to the ground by a heifer whose horn covers the groin area of the man as he crashes onto the sand
Six people needed hospital care after the event, six of whom died during the rush and one who had pierced wounds after being sucked in the arm
A & # 39; mozo & # 39; or rider is turned over by a calf that scoops up the thrill-seeker with his horns before throwing it to the sandbox
Before the race, protesters sat down on the street to express their anger against organizers of events who, in their view, tempered this year's efforts with health and safety measures.
They believe that the bull races lack the usual excitement because the bulls have largely remained behind the big oxen that lead them through the narrow, winding streets to the Pamplona arena, where they will later be slaughtered in combat.
The bulls, coming from the farmer Victoriano del Rio Cortes, stayed together during most runs of Thursday, the festival that so far was the longest of this year, at two minutes, 49 seconds.
Dramatic photos of the famous race show the horned animals across different & # 39; mozos & # 39; walk – agents – who cover their heads with their hands to protect themselves against the bruises.
The nine-day San Fermin party that is featured in his novel & # 39; The Sun Also Rises & # 39; was immortalized by Ernest Hemingway, attracts around a million spectators every year.
Most come to party late at night before watching hundreds test their speed and dare to fight the bulls every morning.
Dramatic photos of the famous race show the horned animals that are on some of the & # 39; mozos & # 39; walk – agents – who cover their heads with their hands to protect themselves against the bruises
Different & # 39; mozos & # 39; fall as they are chased by bulls from the Victoriano del Rio Ranch in today's race, which so far was the longest of this year, two minutes, 49 seconds
Before the race, protesters sat down in the street to express their anger against organizers of events who, according to them, have paralyzed this year's run with health and safety
The nine-day San Fermin celebration, which was immortalized by Ernest Hemingway in his novel & # 39; The Sun Also Rises & # 39 ;, attracts around 1 million spectators each year
A trailer has also been placed on cobblestone streets for more than a decade to help prevent animals from slipping and being separated from the pack.
Reggie Gooden, a 60-year-old resident of New York, said the bull run has become faster and faster in the 30 years he attended the party.
He is no longer running because of a few bad knees, but he says that the speed of the bull makes it almost impossible for even the most experienced runners to bring down the performance of sprinting for a few meters in front of a horns.
Mr. Gooden said: & # 39; I came in & # 39; 89 and & # 39; 90, and the runs were more than four minutes, now they are more than two minutes.
& # 39; What they've done protects the bulls, and it also protects the runners, because no one will come out before them now … It's just the evolution of running. & # 39;
The bulls have largely remained behind the large oxen that lead them through the narrow, winding streets to the Pamplona arena
Thrill seekers clamber the path of the bulls as they stomped through the streets of Pamplona this morning
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