Running with the Bulls Video

| August 13, 2012 | 28 Comments

We recently wrote about our life or death experience of Running with the Bulls this year at the Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona. On that run I carried along our GoPro video camera and tried to shoot some footage for our running with the bulls video.

Running with the Bulls Video, Pamplona

Running with the Bulls

Basically all our travel video shooting techniques went out the window when the hooves of the bulls started to shake the ground beneath our feet.

Once we had lined up for the running with the bulls, there was no escape from it as we were walled in by apartment blocks, shop front windows and 3 metre high wooden barriers packed with photographers along the entire length. At one end lay the relative safety of the bull ring pulsating with the cheers of the crowd who were still partying from the night before. Behind me a dozen wild bulls pawed the stony ground looking for freedom.

Unfortunately I was standing in their path. 

What we ended up with is below. However, I think what we filmed for our running with the bulls video actually captures the chaos, craziness and complete madness a lot better than if I had stood my ground.

Enjoy it and watch for the guy that nearly gets trampled to death near the beginning!

Running with the Bulls Video

Would you ever consider running with the bulls?

While we are very aware that not all people agree that the San Fermin Festival should be allowed to go ahead largely due to animal cruelty, we do think that there are two sides to every story. That is why we wrote a post about the controversy surrounding Bullfighting in Spain and the Festival de San Fermin.

We would love to hear your thoughts on the Festival de San Fermin and whether you would ever consider running with the bulls.

If you want to join the next Festival of San Fermin, or any other wild festivals in Europe such as Sail Turkey, then book with our partners Busabout.

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  1. Laurence says:

    I’m still not sure I’d do this. But your video captures it well!
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  2. I definitely would not! I got thrown by that cow in India, landed on my a**, and was down for 2 months. OUCH enough for me! 🙂
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  3. If I stood on the side and taped it while I watched everyone else run in front of the bulls, maybe 🙂
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  4. So close from us, from Valencia. We should go, too…
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  5. Definitely braver souls than I! Great stuff guys…
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  6. LOVE the soundtrack. Appropriately mosh-pitty!
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  7. The GoPro seems absolutely brilliant for that kind of stuff. I wish I had had one of them for the run! Great video!
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  8. Harrision says:

    Hahaha. That’s awesome. Did you see this video shot at this years’ festival? Crazy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_czMNuwp2I&feature=youtu.be

  9. I think I’ll sit this one out and just be the photographer 🙂
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  10. avaapollo says:

    I might be more afraid of other runners trampling me than the bulls getting to me. Looks hectic! I love all the matching outfits, though 😉 At least everyone has style while trying not to get horned in the rear.
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  11. Alexandra says:

    I want a GoPro! I don’t want to run with the bulls though! You are crazier than I! Glad you all made it out of the safe.
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  12. Donna Spears says:

    I have never been into Pamplona bull run experience. My dad won’t allow me to be there though I am over 18. Well, I understand him about that but I really wanted to experience that!

  13. Amanda says:

    That looks pretty damn epic!!!
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  14. Did you like the event? Have you been to the bull fight in the evening?
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  15. Thanks so much for posting this on Twitter! We are going this July and are so pumped! Its hard to find good videos that capture what it feels like to be there.

    How many days were you there for? How many days do you think would be enough?

    Cheers!

    • No problems 😉 We were there for 3 nights with Busabout. Are you going with a company? Can definitely recommend them. Having 3/4 days allows you to run the first day, watch it the 2nd, and then recover the next couple of days after all the sangria partying you will do!
      So jealous of you! Enjoy it.

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