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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Fun for the kiddies

Photo by Javier Martínez de La Puente
7th July 2014

There is no denying that Sanfermin is a non-stop nine-day party for the adults. But for sure, some of the kiddies have an even better time of it than many adults. They live the fiestas during the daytime, and there are no shortage of shows and events for them: Puppet shows, Kiddie’s Running of the Bulls, Giants and Bigheads … the kids don’t miss a second of the magic fun.


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Mr. Testis, doing his thing

Photo: Javier Martínez de La Puente
8th July 2014

Mr. Testis simply cannot be left alone during Sanfermin, because at the very least opportunity he gets himself into a knot, wherever he may be. Be it out on the town at all hours with glass in hand, or be it trotting on the course of the Running of the Bulls or just annoying any poor soul who crosses his path. However, if the truth be told, he is also clearly the number one favorite among the kiddies and among the grandparents.

Kiddies Running of the Bulls, more massive than ever

This evening at 19:00 p.m. Mr. Testis and his pack of fighting Bulls will once again have the kiddies rolling at the Kiddies Running of the Bulls. The Kukuxumusu Blue Bull will come out of the pen alongside his fighting bullmates at the Kukuxumusu Store at no. 19 Mercaderes Street and they will run as far as the fencing located at their other store at no. 76 Estafeta Street.

Kukuxumusu has been giving the kiddies a chance to learn how to run a bullrunning for some years now as they enjoy themselves running with some big, cuddly, stuffed blue Bulls. There will, of course, be a homily sung to the saint and there will be bull-minders there and a rocket will go off. But above all, there will be lots of mini-runners ready to have a hell of a good time.

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Fotos: Javier Martínez

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Los toros bravos de Mr Testis repiten en el Encierro Infantil

Esta tarde a las 19:00h Mr Testis y sus hermanos vuelven a revolucionar a los más pequeños en el Encierro Infantil. El toro azul de Kukuxumusu, junto a sus hermanos bravos de camada, saldrán desde la tienda de Kukuxumusu en Mercaderes 19, y acabarán el encierro en los corralillos de la tienda de Estafeta 76.

Kukuxumusu lleva varios años ofreciendo a los niños una forma de aprender qué es un encierro y cómo se corre, a la vez que se divierten perseguidos por toros de peluche. Por supuesto, habrá cántico inicial, pastores y cohete, y muchos mini-corredores preparados para pasárselo genial.

There is also running of the bulls for childrens

Today, the third consecutive kiddies running of the bulls took place with the Kukuxumusu blue bulls. Mister Testis and his bullmates left the “pens” located at the store in Mercaderes Street and and they covered the course along with the kiddies and their parents to up as far as the Kukuxumusu store in Estafeta Street.

There were no mishaps nor any gorings, but the kiddies had a great time of it and they really enjoyed emulating the adults.

Reportaje fotográfico: Anna Neluvoba / Javier Martínez

Cientos de niños en el encierro txiki

At 7.00 p.m. in the afternoon, three large fluffy bulls from the Kukuxumusu Drawing Factory bull-ranch, once again featured in this annual running of the bulls for the kiddies. Hundreds of children took part, along with their admiring parents, in this II edition of a kiddies running of the bulls. The excited kids were delighted to imitate their seniors by aping the real version of the running of the bulls, including singing their homily to the saint, setting off a rocket to announce the start of the run and even to have some special bull-minders on hand to keep things in order as well as having a first-aid post for any post-race injuries to be treated.

After the starting rocket and the homily song to the saint had been sung, the pack of blue fluffy bulls came out of their pens and started to run. Hundreds of children of all ages were running in front of the bulls, many of the smaller members being accompanied by their parents or other family members. Of course, they tried their best to get in close in front of the horns of the big blue fluffy bulls.

The distance of the course – the 200 meters that separate the two Kukuxumusu stores in Estafeta Street – was filled with kids and the bull-minders had to work hard to ensure that the runners behaved properly and to ensure that the run was carried out as safely and normally as posible. Some of the kids showed good skill in getting close in front of the horns.

The big fluffy blue Kukuxumusu bulls tried to catch a cheeky kid or two on their fluffy horns, especially when these kids tried to pull them by their tails, but in general, the bulls were well-behaved and in the end there were no gorings suffered by the kids. However, the first-aid post had to attend and treat some of the adults and some of their kids for “attacks” of laughter and excitement during the execution of the race.

After half an hour of nervous excitement, some tight running, the odd case of pushing and shoving, some trip-ups and slip-ups, and lots of fun and laughs, this II edition of the kiddies running of the bulls was brought to a close. Immediately afterwards, many of the kids queued up have their photos taken with the three big fluffy Kukuxumusu bulls.

Photos from the 12th of July