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Those mad adrenaline- (and sometimes alcohol-) infused half-mile dashes dodging 1,800-pound stampeding bulls have begun through the streets of Pamplona, Spain. Part-spectacle, part-tradition, the Running of the Bulls is the most celebrated slice of the nine-day San Fermin Festival. In addition to the daily runs, events include bullfighting and a parade featuring a statue of Pamplona's first bishop, St. Fermin. Pleads for safety and prayers of thanksgiving to St. Fermin traditionally begin and end the run through the streets, which was famously depicted in Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises." Concluding on the 14th of July every year, attendees gather on the town hall plaza at midnight for singing by candlelight. Spanish bull fighter Alberto Aguilar looks at a Dolores Aguirre Ybarra's ranch fighting bull during a bullfight at San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona northern Spain Revelers sitting on the ground follow the directions of a fellow reveler on the first day of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 6, 2011. The festival, best known for its daily running of the bulls, kicked off on Wednesday with the traditional "Chupinazo" rocket launch and will run until July 14. A heifer charges at a reveler at Pamplona's bullring after the sixth running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 12, 2011. Two people were gored in a run that lasted two minutes and 16 seconds, according to local news sources.

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The world famous San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain has kicked off again. The festival is best known for itís daily running of the bulls through the narrow streets. Thousands of revellers take part in this ritual, often still hung over from the party the night before. It all makes for a great cultural event, but there is a serious, more traditional side to the San Fermin festival. Each day matadors climb into the arena to fight (and kill) the bulls, but most revellers forget about that part and simply gear up for another night of drinking and a new morning of running. Revellers hold up red scarves during the start of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 6, 2011. The festival, best known for its daily running of the bulls, kicked off on Tuesday with the traditional Chupinazo rocket launch and will run until July 14. Runners sprint in front of Torrestrella fighting bulls at the entrance to the bullring during the first running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 7, 2011. Four people suffered minor injuries in the run that lasted two and a half minutes, according to local news sources.

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Thousands of thrill-seekers dashed ahead of six fighting bulls in the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona on Thursday in a fast first running of the bulls in this year's San Fermin festival. No one was gored, but four people were taken to Navarre Hospital with injuries -- one with fractured ribs -- sustained during a sprint where the six guiding steers stole the show from the charging bulls from the Torrestrella ranch, which is famed for producing dangerous bulls. Revelers take part in the "Chupinazo," the official opening of the 2011 San Fermin festival, Wednesday, July 6, 2011 in Pamplona, Spain. Revelers hold up traditional red neckties as tens of thousands of people pack Pamplona's main square in Pamplona, Spain, Wednesday July 6, 2011 to celebrate the start of Spain's most famous bull-running festival with the annual launch of the "Chupinazo" rocket. Revelers are surprised by an angry leading ox, used to drive the fighting bulls during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival on Thursday, July 7, 2011.

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Every year, the Festival of San Fermin attracts thousands of visitors to Pamplona, Spain. Over the course of nine days, the festival hosts many bullfights, a carnival, fireworks, and of course, the encierro, or "running of the bulls." Held since 1591, San Fermin remains a popular, if also dangerous and controversial event: Several people have been gored already this year, and the festival continues until July 14th. Collected below are some scenes from the first few days of this 2011's Festival of San Fermin. Chilean Alonso Ceardi poses with a picture that shows when he was severely gored during the running of the bulls at the 2010 San Fermin Festival in Pamplona. Ceardi nearly died from the goring, but said he would run again at this year's festival. Mexican bullfighter Arturo Saldivar performs during a bullfight at the San Fermin Festival, on Thursday, July 7. A Torrestrella ranch fighting bull is seen during a bullfight at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain.

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