Bill Hillmann

Bill Hillmann

Bill Hillmann is an award-winning essayist, aspiring novelist and the founder and host of the Windy City Story Slam. He's been running with the bulls in Pamplona for seven years.

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The Oldest Running of the Bulls

For nearly 800 years, the residents of Cuéllar, Spain, have been risking their lives in the annual encierro. Bill Hillmann traveled to this small town to participate for the first time and to speak...

Bill Hillmann
Sep 21, 2012

The Running of the Bulls, Day 8

Our man on the ground has his best run of the year on the eighth and penultimate day of the 2012 San Fermin festival—before another runner stomps on his foot and sends him diving for cover in the...

Bill Hillmann
Jul 14, 2012

The Running of the Bulls, Day 7

Our man on the ground at the 2012 San Fermin festival chats with Dennis Clancey, a frequent Pamplona runner and filmmaker who has been working on Chasing Red for the past six years.

Bill Hillmann
Jul 13, 2012

The Running of the Bulls, Day 6

After getting yanked under the barricades by a Red Cross medic, our man on the ground at the 2012 San Fermin festival chats with Jesus Muniain, who has been helping runners for 30 years.

Bill Hillmann
Jul 12, 2012

The Running of the Bulls, Day 5

Our man on the ground at the 2012 San Fermin festival remembers the time he ran with Jimeno Romero, who was gored to death in 2009 and memorialized by his family with a special monument of flowers...

Bill Hillmann
Jul 11, 2012

The Running of the Bulls, Day 4

A collection of sights and quick observations from our man on the ground at the 2012 San Fermin festival, including a conversation with brothers Peter Milligan and Aryeh Deutsch.

Bill Hillmann
Jul 10, 2012

The Running of the Bulls, Day 3

A collection of sights and quick observations from our man on the ground at the 2012 San Fermin festival, including a conversation with the medics that rescued him from a charging steer.

Bill Hillmann
Jul 9, 2012

The Running of the Bulls, Day 2

A collection of sights and quick observations from our man on the ground at the 2012 San Fermin festival, including a conversation with David Ubeda, who recovered from last year's broken arm to run...

Bill Hillmann
Jul 8, 2012

The Running of the Bulls, Day 1

A collection of sights and quick observations from our man on the ground at the 2012 San Fermin festival, including still photographs shot by Ernest Hemingway's great-grandson and a brief interview...

Bill Hillmann
Jul 7, 2012

How to Run With the Bulls

Whether you're looking forward to your first dance with death or pride yourself on being a seasoned veteran, these tips will help you enjoy a safe run with the bulls

Bill Hillmann
Jun 25, 2012

Gored

It's been seven years since legendary bull runner Julen Madina was gored five times in Pamplona. Here he relives the moment in detail.

Bill Hillmann
Aug 24, 2011

The Bloody and the Brave

Every year the goriest moments from the Running of the Bulls flash across television screens, but the instances of bravery that follow are often cut out. Presenting the ten most dangerous moments at...

Bill Hillmann
Jul 5, 2011