At first, it may appear that a herd of wild-eyed bulls have escaped, as they race through the streets of Pamplona chasing the townspeople. This sight happens every July in Pamplona and is known as Running of the Bulls. However, it is not the only place where this event is hosted.
This October in Cave Creek, Arizona over 4,000 people watched as 900 adrenaline junkies ran for their lives from 21 rodeo bulls. This event marked the fourth Running of the Bulls Festival in America, hosted in Cave Creek. The running made history as people from around the world tuned in to watch the American twist on a 400 year old Spanish tradition.
“Crossed another item off my bucket list.”
“Had a Blast. Looking forward to next year.”
“A bit nerve racking, but I will definitely do it again.”
The event was very exciting with only a few minor cuts and bruises reported. Cave Creek received world wide media coverage from Good Morning America to El Mundo newspaper in Spain. The Fourth Running of the Bulls has received plenty of international attention. Representatives from local, national, and international media outlets not only covered the event, but ran with the bulls as well.
National Bull Run Champion –
An awards ceremony hosted by Judge, Miss Rodeo Arizona Audrey Hall, and Event Director, Phil Immordino, was held Sunday evening in conclusion to the three-day festival. $50 awards were given out for Best Costume (Thing 1 and Thing 2) and for Best Wipe Out (San Diego native Patrick Richards). The first time National Bull Run Champion title and $500 cash prize award went to Justin Kufahl, a seasoned Pamplona Runner and Instructional Guide for the runs.
Run For Charity –
The ASU Undie Run collected $1,000 by getting supporters to run on their behalf Friday night. That money will fund future Undie Runs at ASU to help collect clothing for the less fortunate. The Desert Foothills Community Association also received 25% of alcohol sales for their help as volunteers at the event.
The Running of the Bulls Festival featured exhibitors, concessions, a beer garden by Harold’s Corral, and live entertainment. It was a special treat having Miss Valley of the Sun, Tiffany Hilburn, sing the National Anthem for the Opening Ceremonies Saturday. Live Entertainment included Anaya Tribal, A Boy Named Sioux, Keltic Cowboys, Weird Is The New Cool, Veragroove, Catfish Mustache, Coobee Coo, and Steady Remedy.