Running of the Bulls Events Scheduled in Elk River

Updated: 03/13/2014 6:14 AM
Created: 03/12/2014 5:20 PM
By: Leslie Dyste

A version of Spain's Running of the Bulls is scheduled to take place in Minnesota.

In the event, runners sprint a quarter of a mile with live bulls. They can jump over fences to escape along the course if needed. Organizers say there is a real risk of injury but it's not as dangerous as you might think.

Last weekend a Great Bull Run was held in Florida.

The company, The Great Bull Run, held its first ever event in the United States last year in September. Now there are events held in cities nationwide.

Canterbury Park was considering bringing a similar bull run to Minnesota late last year. They decided against it after a bull broke loose at a rodeo event in Dakota County and injured nine people.

The Great Bull Run plans to hold its Minnesota event at the Elk River Extreme Motor Park where it's scheduled for May 10.

"You can come and spectate also, you can watch, they said past events have brought in 10,000 to 15,000 people, this is a great fit for ERX" said ERX event coordinator Katie Shatusky.

If The Great Bull Run isn't your thing the event will also feature the "Tomato Royale," which is basically a giant food fight.

ERX says there will be a few different bull runs people can participate in on May 10. The cost will be between $45 and $70 to register. The tomato fight costs between $35 and $45 for participants.

Learn more about the event here.

Photo: Twin Cities/ The Great Bull Run

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