Adrenaline junkies survive the Great Bull Run

DADE CITY, Fla. -- Thousands of adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers paid money to risk their lives and run with the bulls.

The Spanish tradition has traveled to Dade City from Pamplona, Spain.

Thirty bulls, at about 1,500 pounds each, raced down a run at Little Everglades Ranch, charging at 35 miles per hour while participants tried to keep up with them or run out of their way, hopping over fences and clearing each other.

They revealed their strategies to 10 News.

"Run fast try and touch a bull, try not to get trampled," said Ben Parr, who had a GoPro camera strapped to his chest.

"Hopefully, I'll get some video of these guys getting crushed," said Parr's brother, Nic.

Their friend, Hernan, said he has watched the bull runs in Spain and has always wanted to do it but never wanted to pay to fly to Europe.

"This is perfect and we can stay right here in Florida and do it!" said Hernan.

The Great Bull Run has had 10 runs in the United States so far, and the company's bulls are treated humanely and kindly before and after each run. Out of the 10,000 people who have run with this company's bulls, only three have had serious injuries.

In the last 102 years in Spain, those bull runs have killed 15 people, according to Great Bull Run director Rob Dickens.

It is mostly about bragging rights, and some try to reach out and pet a charging bull.

"I have to touch one somehow," said one runner.

He did and so did a handful of lucky runners, and if they missed then they could pay to sign up again for another attempt.

There were seven runs on Saturday. Each one had about 15 bulls run through it and then, during the last run at 2:00 p.m., they let all 30 bulls run through together.

"That first bull is scary," said one runner. "The leader of the pack has an attitude!"


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