Never run behind a bull. Once he passes, drop back, if not, you could be the first thing he sees should he turn around, or fall and be disoriented.
Never touch a bull. It can prove a dangerous distraction. If you draw attention to yourself it could be very dangerous.
Pay attention to the Pastores (the guys with the green shirts) who are there for your protection and in charge of the encierro.
A bulls horns are his most important assets. It’s how he measures his prey. Never get between the horns of a bull unless you know what you are doing.
If You Fall
Bulls are not the only danger you’ll face on the narrow streets of the old quarter at 8:00 in the morning. With the number of inexperienced runners being out on the route, the chance of you stumbling and falling is extremely likely, especially the morning of the 7th, when the crowd tends to be the largest. In fact, most of those injured during a typical run have fallen and been trampled by fellow runners, not bulls.
When running, you have to remember to look to the front and behind, watch out for those who have already fallen. Thinks happen quickly and once you are in with the herd, it’s safest to remain close to the bulls as there will be fewer runners in front of you to block the way.
But if you fall, stay down! Do not move until someone taps you on the shoulder to let you know it’s clear. If you fall near a bull, do not try to get back up. Lie flat and cover your head. If the bulls are moving, they should ignore you and continue running. Getting up will cause the nearest bull to attack. This is the most common mistake make by inexperienced runners.
Note that once a bull keys on you he will continue to go after you until distracted by another runner or one of the Pastores, the shepherds.
The Feria del Toro has been an important part of Pamplona’s legendary festival for more than 100 years. The 8-day Festival of the Bull; the encierro, the running of the bulls, and bullfights, was a favorite of Papa Hemingway, and his classic novel, “The Sun Also Rises” (Fiesta), has attracted tens of thousands of visitors from around the world to the capital of Navarra since it was first released in 1926.
Access To The Route
If you want to participate in the encierro, the running of the bulls, you should enter the route before 07:00 through the gate in the Plaza Consistorial and stay within the barricades in that section of the route, between the Town Hall Square and the Old Military hospital on Calle Santo Domingo. Shortly after 07:00 the access will be closed and your will not be allowed to leave until the encierro begins and the bulls are on their way.
The Most Dangerous Stretches
There are no ‘safe’ places along the route, but the most dangerous stretches are at the top of Santo Domingo and from the Callejón to the Plaza de Toros.
Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers or running shoes. Do not carry any other items with you, including backpacks, cameras, etc. The police will remove you from the route and there is the possibility of having to pay a fine of up to €3000, depending on the infraction.
Ask An Expert Runner For Advice
The running is neither a joke nor an opportunity for media coverage. The risks are enormous and the large number of runners, especially for the first encierro on the 7th, and over the weekend, makes it that much more dangerous. There are dozens of experienced runners, both local and foreign based, including the members of the Amigos de Pamplona, the Miami club, who will gladly offer advise if you only ask. Remember, it takes years of practice to become a good runner.
Getting In And Out Of The Flow
Getting into the flow is as important as getting out of the way. Get in gradually as other runners drop out. Or get straight into the run from a standing start as the bulls close in on your position. Do not stand on the side and block others trying to run with the bulls.
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Viernes 7 de julio: Toros de Cebada Gago, de Medina Sidonia (Cádiz) para los matadores: Juan Bautista, Javier Jiménez y Román.
Sábado 8 de julio: Toros de José Escolar, de Lanzahíta (Ávila) para los matadores Eugenio de Mora, Pepe Moral y Gonzalo Caballero.
Domingo 9 julio: Toros de Puerto de San Lorenzo, de Tamames (Salamanca), Curro Díaz, Paco Ureña y José Garrido.
Lunes 10 julio: Toros de Fuente Ymbro, de San José del Valle (Cádiz) para Juan José Padilla, El Fandi y Manuel Escribano.
Martes 11 julio: Toros de Jandilla, de Mérida (Badajoz) Miguel Ángel Perera, Cayetano y Andrés Roca Rey.
Miércoles 12 julio: Toros de Victoriano del Río, de Guadalix (Madrid) para Sebastián Castella, Alberto López Simón y Ginés Marín.
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