Thousands run with bulls in annual event

At Hawthorne Race Track, we found the beaten path and the thousands of rain-soaked daredevils.

It’s the second year for the Great Bull Run, a travelling festival in six U.S. cities modeled after the one made famous in Pamplona, Spain, with a thoroughly American sensibility.

“You realize you’re tempting fate by that thing being on your back,” participant Matt Tiggelaar of Mokena said. But that was the reason he ran. “It wouldn’t be fun otherwise. Had a good run.”

Is there any strategy in this? Jack Kamenske of Oak Lawn doesn’t think so.

“Were just trying to make it out alive today honestly,” he said. It is a prudent goal for a rainy run.

“It’s an adrenaline rush, let me tell you,” Sandy Gonzalez said. “The crowd, you’re trying to run with them. Big massive animals run quick!”

Gonzalez came for the rush and got a lot more than she bargained for.

“I don’t know what I was thinking, but when they started running and I was running with them and one looked over at me and I thought ‘Oh, this just got real.’”

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