The Running of the Bulls: reporting the race

This thrilling event dates back to the 14th and 15 centuries. The reason for the “encierro” taking place comes from the necessity of herding bulls to be fought in the afternoon from the corrals in Santo Domingo to the bull ring. But there have been many changes over the years.

At the beginning of the 19th century, the animals were led through the streets by a group of horsemen. The first runners were mainly butchers, and the bullfight took place in the Plaza del Castillo, but it wasn’t until the end of the 19th century when young men began to run in front of the bulls that the “encierro” became the most popular moment of the fiesta.

Today there are “encierros” every morning at 8:00 from July 7 through July 14 during Sanfermines. Again and again, runners risk danger and death along the 848.6 meters that separate the new bull ring from the corrals.

How it unfolds
Protagonists
Organization
Where Should I Watch the 'Encierro'?
Rules and Recommendations
Statistics of the 'Encierro'

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