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run like hell

when death looks you in the eye... turn tail and RUN LIKE HELL!!!

 

this is the only turn of the pamplona encierro called "dead mans corner"... that spotted miura bull fell in this corner, got up and looked directly into my eyes. then, as he started to charge AT me, a bunch of other dudes caught his attention while i turned and ran like never before. actually this is the guy (jose antonio) that probably saved me... he is in the bandana... a VERY VERY brave person and a great runner.

 

i had already run about 50 meters with the bulls to this point. they are supposed to be running off to the left here but this one was confused after the fall and turned around. this is when things can get real dangerous. this bull went on to spear a guy in the neck about 3 seconds after this shot was taken and then a minute later in front of the ring, he gored four more.

 

in a nervous conversation, skip, jer and i all agreed that we would run left. they stuck to the plan and you can see them in the background, while somehow, all strategy went out the window for me once the absolute sheer terror hit.

 

the entire run is here (warning: it is a bit graphic):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3R_Fk9ZrhA

 

complete insanity

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Taken on July 12, 2009