Two Gored in Monday's Running of the Bulls
PHOTO: Revelers run with Torrehandilla Torreherberos fighting bulls while other runners fall to the ground at Curva Estafeta on the eighth day of the San Fermin running of the bulls on July 14, 2012 in Pamplona, Spain. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Monday was the second-to-last day of the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona’s San Fermin festival, and two Spanish men were gored, bringing the total number for 2015 to 10 people injured by the creatures.
According to The Associated Press, one of the men injured Monday was gored in the abdomen, while the other was gored in the leg. Another man suffered a knee injury during the event, but none of the injured were listed in serious condition.
Out of the 10 people injured so far during this year’s festivities, four were Americans.
The festivities began on July 6 and culminated on Tuesday, July 14. During the running of the bulls portion of the San Fermin festival, thousands of people race through the streets of Pamplona as six fighting bulls make their way down the narrow 930-yard road from a holding pen to the city’s bull ring arena.
Monday’s race that featured two men being gored lasted just two minutes and 12 seconds.
Once the bulls reach the town’s bull ring arena, they are killed by professional matadors in bullfights to celebrate the city’s patron saint. The brutal tradition has been part of Spanish history since the 16th century.
Each year, dozens of people are injured from falling or getting gored during the running of the bulls, and 15 people have died from being gored in the annual tradition since organizers began keeping records in 1924.
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