A Hurricane in the Encierro
Photo: Miguel Fernández
First reports from the Navarra Hospital Complex indicate that today there have been no admissions of runners suffering from a goring. However, there are at least two runners being treated for bruising; one for bruising to the thorax suffered at the Telefónica stretch and another runner who was injured in Estafeta Street.
The bulls exited the pens in Santo Domingo in a compact group. However, “Huracán” raced ahead up the slope and quickly created a big gap from the rest of the pack. This animal, true to its name, ran like a hurricane across the City Hall stretch, totally alone. Here, he knocked down some runners and continued to run ahead at a very fast pace. He knocked down another runner at Telefónica and just at the entrance to the bullring, he hooked the pants of another runner and practically dragged him into the arena, without causing any serious injury.
This leading big brown bull covered the whole course at a surprising speed. If this bull had not slipped up at the Telefónica stretch, it would very likely have created a new speed record. However, that slip-up meant that the animal lost some precious seconds and so his total time of 2 min. 22 sec. does not mean a new record.
Today’s event of the Running of the Bulls seemed to consist of two separate runs; firstly, with “Huracán” and his solo run, when he pulled away from the rest of the pack. Then, the course was covered by the rest of the pack much further behind this big fast bull. The fact that this brown bull ran alone meant that the runners could get close in front of its horns to display some fine eye-catching running along most of the stretches of the course. Once in the bullring all the bulls were quickly led away to the pens.