Lewis W. Diuguid

Nutty ‘bull-runs’ planned in U.S.

Updated: 2013-08-06T16:34:58Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas CityStar

Something is very wrong when thousands of people in the U.S. sign up for a chance to be gored or trampled by bulls.

The Great Bull Run, starting Aug. 24 in in Richmond, Va., is inspired by Pamplona, Spain’s annual running of the bulls. The bulls will be released in fenced-in courses.

People participating will try not to get injured by bulls in the activity romanticized by author Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel, “The Sun Also Rises.” Some runs have resulted in people being injured and killed as spectators watch and cheer.

About 5,000 people have signed up for the Virginia event, The Associated Press reports. About 2,000 are to participate Oct. 19 in Conyers, Ga.

Other bull runs are to occur in Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

The bull run events should cause people to question whether their lives are so boring that they have to participate in such things for pseudo-excitement. Surely people have more to live for than this?

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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