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Running of the Bulls, American Style, Coming to a Town Near You?

12:03 PM, Aug 3, 2013   |    comments
PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 09: A fighting bull leaps over two fallen runners at the Mercaderes curve during the third San Fermin running of the bulls on July 9, 2008 in Pamplona, Spain. Fighting bulls are run through the historic heart of Pamplona for eight days in this fiesta made famous by the 1926 novel of U.S. writer Ernest Hemmingway called 'The Sun Also Rises'. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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 ATLANTA (AP) - Organizers of a new event planned for several U.S. cities plan to unleash bulls that will sprint down a track alongside daredevils who will try to avoid being trampled.

The Great Bull Run is inspired by the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

Injuries are common at bull runs, but organizers of the U.S. events say theirs will be different, with several safety features. They plan to put fencing up and hold events at venues such as auto racing tracks and horse parks.

The first event is set for Aug. 24 at a drag-racing strip south of Richmond, Va. Another is set for Oct. 19 at an Atlanta-area horse park used in the 1996 Olympics. More events are planned later for Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

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