The Osasuna mascots made their debut in the Encierro

Today there have been a running of the bulls in the afternoon. The afternoon event has displayed some rather funny blue bulls. Mr. Testis and his mates from the famous Kukuxumusu bull ranch have returned once again to dazzle the kiddies and not-so-kiddies, in the traditional Txiki Running of the Bulls. This year we have seen an important novelty with the participation of two special guest runners: Rojillo and Rojilla, the mascots from Osasuna Football Club.

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All together in a pack

Foto: Juantxo Erce

One of the biggest dangers in any kind of bullrunning occurs whenever a bull gets loose and separated from the pack. Just the opposite to what happened with the José Escolar bulls that are always ready to go their own way, these Fuente Ymbro bulls always seem to want to stay together in close contact. And that is exactly what they did during this fourth Running of the Bulls of Sanfermin 2017. All together in a tight pack.

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“I am not leaving without running”

Fotos: Javier Martínez de la Puente

You come all the way from the other side of the world and you prepare yourself in a conscientious way to take part in the Running of the Bulls. You forego going out partying or drinking just to make sure that you are in perfect shape for the event. And just when the bulls in this fourth Running of the Bulls of Sanfermin 2017 come racing up, you go and trip over and fall and you are left without having even been able to see the horns. What a drag!

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Humped by the bull

Photo: Maite H. Mateo

Although “Huracán” was faster than any hurricane, and even though it passed over anything and everything in its path, and the normal thing to expect from this big muscular bull would be to cause a pile of injuries – the fact is that this third Running of the Bulls of Sanfermin 2017 finished without any serious injuries to the runners, including the young runner who was stampeded over at the Telefónica stretch.

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Wrong-footed into the entrance to the bullring

Photo: Carlos Mediavilla

This runner – wearing a green necktie- was on the point of losing something more than his pants. His passage through the entrance to the bullring turned out to be a real adventurous one and one that could have ended in tragedy. Luckily, the runner was able to walk away from it all and the end result was just a big rip to his pants and a fright that will stay with him for quite a while.

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Lucinda Poole receives the 2017 Guiri of the Year Award

This North-American woman was today handed the 14º Premio Guiri del Año (‘Foreigner of the Year’). This annual award has been sponsored by Kukuxumusu ever since 2004 during Sanfermin Fiestas in recognition of the important role played by foreign visitors in the fiestas and who live the Sanfermin fiestas with passion and enthusiasm year after year.

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3 Running of the Bulls, 3 loose Escolar bulls

The José Escolar fighting bulls are clearly rebels by nature. One year could be considered just a coincidence, even two could be pure chance, but three times in a row seems too much…his bull-ranch has taken part in just three Running of the Bulls and in all three one of these, the Escolar bulls have featured in a hair-raising quirk that begs for a logical explanation. Today, in this second Running of the Bulls of Sanfermin 2017, yet again it has taken place.

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A trip-up, a leap and a goring to his arm

It was just a case of sheer bad luck for this runner who received a goring to his arm at the City Hall stretch of the course on this second Running of the Bulls of Sanfermin 2017. An inopportune fall on the part of another runner and his movement to get back on his feet meant that the unfortunate runner was blocked from running ahead and he got caught on the horns of the José Escolar bull, as can be seen in this sequence of shots by Javier Martínez de la Puente.

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¿How is a bull like from up close?

Fotos: Javier Martínez de la Puente

In the first Running of the Bulls of Sanfermin 2017 which featured the Cebada Gago bull-ranch, some of the runners were able to run close in front of the horns. Some runners even got a very close-up view of the bulls. Perhaps, the one who got the closest view of all was this young man on the right side of the fencing at the City Hall stretch. He only had tenths of a second to analyze in detail just what the horn of a bull really looks like close-up, indeed, just what a fighting bull looks like close-up, and even what the Running of the Bulls event is really like close-up…. A close-up view indeed…

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American man horned in the torax

Photos: Iñaki Vergara

The Cebada Gago bulls fulfilled their role as a dangerous breed of bull in this first Sanfermin Running of the Bulls. One of them proved to be especially dangerous when it ran up the Santo Domingo slope on the right side of the fencing and when it entered City Hall square it charged violently and gored a North-American runner (E.H. 35 years-old) to his thorax.

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