Two Americans gored while running with the bulls in Spain
A man pays his respects to Saint Fermin, ahead of the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, on July 7, 2017.
Two Americans and one Spaniard were gored Friday while running with bulls during the annual San Fermin festival in Spain, the Associated Press reported.
A Spanish man sustained serious head injuries after he was gored and tossed by a bull, according to AP. The American men sustained more minor injuries. According to AP, a 35-year-old American was gored in the abdomen and a 29-year-old in the scrotum.
Other runners were treated for bruises, according to AP.
The running of the bulls is part of the nine-day festival, which runs from July 6 to 14.
More than a million tourists visit Pamplona to see the bull runs, or “encierros” in Spanish. They are a big part of summer festivals in Spain.
Bull runs happen during eight mornings where people race with bulls along a 930-yard street course to the bullring.
In afternoon bullfights, the bulls face matadors and almost certain death.
Herding the bulls through the streets of Pamplona dates back to the 13th century to corral the bulls into a bullfighting ring. The animals would run through a similar half-mile stretch as they do today, as youngsters and adults chased after them with sticks.