Spain’s ‘Great Bull Run’ coming to US cities, Chicago

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Spain’s famous running of the bulls is coming to several US cities, including Chicago.

The first event is set for August 24 in Richmond, Virginia.

500 people have already signed up to participate.

Organizers say they’re making changes to the traditional run for safety reasons.

There will be special fences with areas where runners can get to safety.

Bulls will be released in groups of six.

The bulls will not be killed in a bullfight at the end of the race.

According to the event’s web site, Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney will host the Great Bull Run in July of 2014.

For a fee starting at $35 , participants can enjoy a bull run followed by a rotten tomato fight, another Spanish tradition.

The Great Bull Run website warns participants that the race is “the real deal” and that participants “accept the risk that you might be trampled, gored, rammed or tossed in the air by a bull.” Participants must pay an insurance fee, and medical staff will be at the site.

To minimize risk, organizers said they will use less aggressive bulls than the ones that run in Spain.

The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report

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