We're less than two months away from Pamplona's bull run festival and we're getting a lot of questions about how to run with the bulls in Spain. This leads to the inevitable question: what's
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your bull run carefully.
Former Spyns clients know there is little strategy possible nor real technique to bull running. I'm sorry to have dashed your hopes but it's true. I've often told our guests planning your bull run is a bit like planning to survive an electrical storm - it's just too random and unpredictable. If you're traveling with us to Pamplona this summer, you should however follow some simple tips:
1. Choose your running date carefully:
July 7th is always the festival's first bull run (called the 'encierro'). It's also the festival's most crowded. Unfortunately for 2013's potential bull runners, July 7th falls on a Sunday this year. This provides a double whammy of danger: as July 7th and weekends are always the busiest encierros and this year you get both. Should you run on the 7th? Some Spyns clients will only be in Pamplona July 5th-7th on our 3-day festival tours so they have no choice. If however, you're planning to be in Pamplona until the 8th or later, I'd choose one of the other weekday runs: July 8th (a Monday) through July 12th (a Friday).
2. Remember to wait in constitutional square:
Pamplona police try to control the number of people running with the bulls. They do so by creating a police line roughly 1/3rd of the way up the bull run near the Banesto Bank on Mercaderes street. Anyone behind this line will run with the bulls, whereas anyone beyond this point will be kicked off the bull run. The bull run takes place every morning of the festival at 8:00 a.m. My advice: stay in constitutional square until about 7:50. The crowd will surge forward when the police move out of the way so you can then take station on your chosen part of the bull run.
3. Leave your costume and accessories behind:
The Brits love a costume. Unfortunately, 2007's Elvis-clad Englishman didn't run as Pamplona's finest considered the two-foot-high wig and bellbottoms a danger. I've seen Tarzans, Santas, and even matadors get kicked off the bull run. The reason: Police believe costumes = idiots = danger. We recommend wearing the standard festival gear of white trousers and white t-shirt. We don't recommend wearing your scarf and sash as these can get hooked or entangled with other runners.
4. Let others immortalize your bull run:
It's illegal to bull run with a camera. This includes running with a GoPro video camera. If the police see your camera, they'll quickly kick you off the bull run. So how do you find a snap of your day of glory? A number of photo shops in Pamplona sell photos of bull runners. They have photographers stationed along the bull run taking high-speed photos. So there is an excellent chance of finding yourself on the photo boards they post in the afternoon following the day's bull run. This is included with your Spyns bull run package tour.
We now have limited space on many of our trips so contact us now. Spyns offers unique and personalized adventures to Pamplona’s 2013 running of the bulls. Choose a 3, 4 or 7-day adventure or request a quote for a personalized trip to the San Fermin festival to watch Europe's most dangerous tradition held every year in Pamplona from July 6-14. Looking for a Pamplona tour package? Spyns is an active travel company based in Whister, BC (Canada) and Beaujolais France. Spyns offers active holidays to Europe including trips to the 2012 Running of the Bulls festival in Pamplona. We offer 3, 4, and 7-day trips to Pamplona's San Fermin festival. All of our tours include the bull run and balconies to watch the bull run. For more information, please visit http://www.pamplona-spain.com/ or http://www.running-of-the-bulls.com/ . To see past clients testimonials or take a virtual tour of the hotels that we use visit our YouTube page www.youtube.com/spynspamplonatours.