In Conyers, 18 bulls that weighed as much as 1700 pounds were released and ran around a quarter-mile track into crowds of as many as 600 people. Participants paid up to $75 for the experience.
What seemed on paper to be madness was actually much quicker and more orderly than expected. Once the bulls start rushing into the crowd, people had a choice: either stay and jump in front of the bull or get the hell out of the way. Virtually everybody chose the latter.
During some of the runs, the bulls simply ran past the crowd in a stampede, passing screaming Americans armed with GoPro cameras and cell phones who were taking pictures of the animals and themselves. Some people fell during the runs, though it seemed their falls had more to do with packs of rushing people rather than actual contact with the bulls.
No participants were sent to the hospital, according to Bull Run Chief Operating Officer Rob Dickens. And while many people were satisfied with the brief adrenalin rush, some were hoping for a little more.
"I was a little disappointed," said Greg, a Marietta man who paid $68 for the experience. "It was about five seconds long. I was hoping for 10 or 15 seconds."
"We increased the number of bulls in each run from 12 to 18 to address runners' complaints that our first event in Virginia wasn't dangerous enough," Dickens said in an email. "We still heard the same complaint in Atlanta, so [at future events] we're going to increase the number of bulls to 24 per run."
After the jump, a photo of the massive tomato fight that followed the running of the bulls. Here is a gallery of photos from the Bull Run and Tomato Royale in Conyers
The bull runs were followed by a massive tomato fight.
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