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From the sidelines: Risking life and limb with the bulls
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By Shain Gillet

Sports Editor

Monday’s news wire came with possibly the best sports-related story that I think will be exciting for everyone in and out of Davis County.

An organization called Running with the Bulls Festival, which will feature a “running with the bulls” event, is set to come to Salt Lake City as part of a U.S. Tour.

The tour will include stops in Arizona and Nevada, as well as Salt Lake City in 2014.

More information about the event can be seen at

An event like this shouldn’t be passed up by anyone with even a little bit of adrenaline in their system. Having seen a couple of Spain’s version of the run on TV, I was somewhat drawn to the idea of at least being a live spectator at the event.

Running it is a different story, although I do know a handful of people with enough guts to try it at least once in their lives.

Looking at you, dad.

Anyhow, I’ve always thought of the event as both a celebration of life as well as spectacle of the events that occur afterward.

In Spain, once the bulls are gathered in a bull-fighting arena, six of them are chosen to battle in a bullfight in the afternoon.

We all know how most of those end, but it’s still nice to be able to cheer for the bull to win every once in a while.

Despite the physical dangers of being a runner of the event, only 15 people have ever died while taking part. Countless others have been hospitalized, but when you consider the large amount of people that participate, the statistics aren’t that bad looking.

When you also consider that the Running of the Bulls has been an annual event since 1910, it really makes the odds of something bad happening even smaller than one might think.

Given all that information, you might think I would change my mind and run in the event just to take it off the bucket list.

Well, you’d be wrong.

I’m dead-set on being able to watch the event live in order to get into the spirit of watching people run for their lives. I am not, however, willing to put myself in front of the bulls in the hopes that I won’t get trampled, gored, or sent flying into the air before reaching the ultimate destination.

Which is yet to be determined for the Salt Lake running.

There are a lot of things that I still want to do in life that I haven’t had the chance to do yet. Running with the bulls is not one of them, and probably never will be.

I simply don’t have it in me to think “hey, running with a bunch of half-ton, two-horned, four-legged bulls coming right at me sounds like a great idea! What could possibly go wrong?”

Seeking a thrill here and there is something that I’ve tried to be a little more open about because I was never one to take risks as a kid.

But something like this is way off my radar of thrill-seeking activities, both now and in the foreseeable future.

Something similar to skydiving is more up my alley than this.

But I’ll be sure to try to see next year’s event, if at all possible. I don’t want to miss that if I can help it.

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