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Now you can 'run with the bulls' in the US... and that's no bull

Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. (Source: MGN Online/Creative Commons) Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. (Source: MGN Online/Creative Commons)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

It was bound to happen.

Yes, those looking for the adrenaline rush of running with a ticked off 1,000 pound animal with sharp horns will now be able to 'run with the bulls' in a small collection of U.S. cities.

"This is the real deal," states the event's website. "This isn't a charity 5k or a simulated bull run with people dressed in bull costumes chasing you down the street."

Modeled after Pamplona, Spain's famous San Fermin festival, "The Great Bull Run" will give participants the opportunity to run near live bulls on U.S. soil without having to fly overseas.

The series kicks off with a stop in Petersburg, Virginia on August 24. From there, the event moves to Conyers, Georgia and Houston, Texas to round out 2013. Six more events are currently scheduled in 2014.

The event's organizers don't even attempt to sugarcoat the dangers that accompany running a quarter mile with 12 bulls.

"By participating in the run," states the website. "you accept the risk that you might be trampled, gored, rammed or tossed in the air by a bull, or bumped, jostled, tripped or trampled by your fellow runners." 

"We do what we can to minimize those risks by using less-aggressive bulls than those used in Spain and allowing runners to hide in nooks and slide under or climb over the track fence if necessary, but make no mistake: you could get seriously injured in this event. That's why there's a mandatory insurance fee during the registration process and medical staff on site."

Runners who want to reduce the risk of injury will have the option of hiding in safe areas as the bulls run by or to start the race several moments before the bulls are released.

Event organizers point out only 15 deaths have taken place in Pamplona in the 102 years of the event there, but do note "you could still die."

Those who want to be a part of the fun, but don't feel like putting their lives on the line have the option of paying a fee to join an organized food fight during the festivities. Heck, there's even an option to pay 20 bucks to sit in the stands and simply watch.

The cost to run with the bulls varies from $50 to $120 depending on when the participant registers. Runners must be 18 to participate.

Those who register for "The Great Bull Run" will receive a T-shirt and bandana. Registrants who are 21 and over will also receive a ticket for a beer.

By the way, unlike the certain demise the bulls in Spain face, event planners say the animals that "run" in the U.S. will be sent back to free range farms to "train" for their next event.

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