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U.S. gets its own bull running festival

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 - 01:07

August 26 - Lining a dirt track at the Virginia Motorsports Park, thousands raced ahead, around and behind a dozen bulls stampeding down the fence-bordered course. Elly Park reports.

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It's a sight annually seen in Pamplona, Spain -- thousands of thrill seekers running alongside stampeding bulls. But these runners are Americans and this dirt track is part of a motorsports park in Petersburg, Virginia. The first Great Bull Run is inspired by the famed Spanish San Fermin festival and attracted more than 3000 runners from all over the United States. Among them is Tim Still. SOUNDBITE: Southeastern Chester County Resident Tim Still saying (English) "Always wanted to go to Spain. Never quite got there but I'm here for the first one and I wouldn't miss it." The Great Bull Run wasn't the only festival imported from Spain. Participants were also able to hurl a pile of 50,000 tomatoes in the Tomato Royale battle, an homage to the Tomatina festival annually held in the Valencian town of Bunol. In total more than 8,000 people attended the Great Bull Run in Virginia which is the first of ten events planned to be held in the United States through 2014.

U.S. gets its own bull running festival

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 - 01:07

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