Pamplona celebrates first Sanfermines bull runs race
Pamplona, Spain, Jul 7 (EFE).- The bulls from the Nuñez del Cuvillo ranch kicked off on Thursday Pamplona’s first bull race as the Spanish northern city entered the second day of the emblematic Sanfermines festival after two years of pandemic.
The race, in which hundreds of people sprint down an 875-meter (just over half a mile) course through the streets of Pamplona ahead of a herd of rampaging bulls, lasted 2 minutes, 35 seconds.
Medical officials confirmed six people were taken to hospital for lashes and bruises.
It had been 1,089 days since the last running of the bulls on July 14, 2019 after the world famous festival was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.
Thousands of people dressed in traditional white and red Sanfermine clothes and gathered in the streets of Pamplona to witness the race.
Over 530 events including concerts, open-air dances, exhibitions and children’s activities have been programmed alongside the main event, the running of the bulls.
The runs are interspersed with huge meals, copious amounts of wine and beer, parades, musical performances and general revelry spread out across the city, where the 200,000-strong population of Pamplona is joined by hundreds of thousands of visitors who flock there every year from across the globe.EFE