Great Bull Run to pit thrill-seekers against bulls in Chicago

August 6, 2013

Lee Jian Chung

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Thrill seekers dodge and run away from droves of bulls in Pamplona, Spain. The Great Bull Run brings the Spanish “Running of the Bulls” to Chicago next year. It includes 24 bulls chasing participants around a quarter-mile track at the Hawthorne Race Course.

About 750 people have already signed up for Chicago’s bull run next year.

Next year, Chicago will host an event modeled after the ‘Running of the Bulls’ in Pamplona, Spain.

Chicago’s bull run will take place at the Hawthorne Race Course and will include 24 bulls chasing participants around a quarter-mile track.

Rob Dickens is the The Great Bull Run’s co-founder and chief operating officer. His company organized similar events throughout the country, beginning in Virginia later this month.

He said they are doing their best to keep people safe, but he’s not making any promises.

“When you think about it, what is a rodeo?” Dickens said, “A rodeo is a human strapped to a bull’s back. A very, very big and aggressive bull, and we allow that all the time and this is really no different. They accept that as what makes the event exciting. You know, you remove the danger then you remove the entire point of the event.”

Dickens says their event will use tame bulls and scalable fences.

The bulls will come from a ranch in Kentucky and Dickens hopes the same ones will return every year.

Lee Jian Chung is a WBEZ arts and culture intern. Follow him @jclee89

Correction: A previous version of this story contained an incorrect origin for the bulls in the run. The bulls will come from a ranch in Kentucky.