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The Running of the Bulls Comes to Virginia Next Weekend

The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, SpainPhotograph by SIME/eStock Photo

Here’s an idea for next weekend if you want to make someone say, “You’re gonna do what?” Modeled on the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, an event firm is staging a Great Bull Run on Aug. 24 in Virginia, the first of 10 such runs planned through next summer. Two dozen bulls and hundreds of people who are obviously trying to give their mothers heart attacks will merge along a half-mile course, cheered on by hundreds of spectators.

The idea for the event came to Rob Dickens and his business partner as they were looking for ways to expand their 20-employee Boston business beyond its Rugged Maniac obstacle course, a five-kilometer run-slide-climb-slip-stumble-swim trek that has expanded to 20 markets nationwide.