How to Survive the Running of the Bulls

The ten best ways to have a great time at the Fiesta de San Fermin, without taking a horn or nightstick to the head.

Jun 23, 2011
Outside Magazine
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A runner falls on his back at the 'curva,' or turn.    Photo: Copyright Jim Hollander, not to be reproduced in any form

Bill Hillman Pamplona

The author in Pamplona

For those looking for the ultimate red-blooded adventure, the Fiesta de San Fermin in Pamplona will be held July 6th-14th. You may know it better as the Running of the Bulls. During the course of the nine-day fiesta, the city closes off the cobblestone streets and lets loose the bovines for eight consecutive runs. The main events and the parties offer about as many ways to get hurt as to have fun. My first time, in 2005, was a bit of a blur. Since then, I've run with the bulls 35 times and figured a few things out. To make sure your first time is a little bit more rewarding, here's some advice.