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Dinwiddie’s Running of the Bulls Brings Safety Concerns

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DINWIDDIE - On Saturday, the Virginia Motor Sports Parkway will host the running of the bulls of Pamplona, Spain.

This dangerous sporting event is launching a 10-state-tour in the U.S. with the first stop in Dinwiddie County.

Chief Operating Officer Rob Dickens says a few things will be done differently.

The 24 bulls will not run the streets and the animals will not be killed after the event. However, all bull runners will have to sign a waiver - and participate at their own risk.

"People who are running should definitely be expecting a dangerous event," he says. "There's nothing safe about this, and we don't want to make it safe. We can't guarantee it's going to be safe. These are very large animals."

Fans watching will be sitting in the bleachers. All bulls and runners will be going up and down the lane that's being layered right now with dirt.

All media and medical personnel will be on the other side of the track. The event organizers will be using rodeo fencing, which is about 6 feet tall to keep all of the bulls contained.

"There is no way the bulls are going to get into the crowd."

If this sport becomes a hit in the U.S., it will become an annual event and expand throughout the country.

For more information on the event, go to thegreatbullrun.com/events/virginia-2013.

 

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