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Running with the Bulls Video

Our shaky Running with the Bulls Video footage from the Festival de San Fermin in 2012. Experience it first hand in Pamplona. Enjoy.

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Running with the Bulls Pamplona

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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28 Comments

28 Comments

  1. Laurence

    August 13, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    I’m still not sure I’d do this. But your video captures it well!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      The video definitely seems to work I think with all the chaos from my shaky hands thrown together.

  2. Jess | GlobetrotterGirls

    August 14, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    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! 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      August 14, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Fair enough Jess! And I think these guys might be a little rougher than the cow from India 🙂

  3. Jeremy Branham

    August 14, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    If I stood on the side and taped it while I watched everyone else run in front of the bulls, maybe 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      August 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

      I have seen videos where the bulls just run long the wall gouging people. Doesn’t seem to be anywhere safe to hole up and wait! Just go with the madness.

  4. Cipri @Travelocafe

    August 15, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    So close from us, from Valencia. We should go, too…

    • Cole Burmester

      August 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

      Definitely go next year! One of the best experiences we have ever had.

  5. D.J. - The World of Deej

    August 15, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Definitely braver souls than I! Great stuff guys…

  6. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    August 15, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    LOVE the soundtrack. Appropriately mosh-pitty!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      You need that beat to keep you running fast 🙂

  7. Jarmo @ Arctic Nomad

    August 15, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    The GoPro seems absolutely brilliant for that kind of stuff. I wish I had had one of them for the run! Great video!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 16, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      Thanks Jarmo. Does it look pretty similar to your run with all the craziness?

  8. Harrision

    August 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    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

    • Cole Burmester

      August 16, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      That is an awesome video. He ran a little closer than we did 🙂

  9. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    August 19, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    I think I’ll sit this one out and just be the photographer 🙂

  10. avaapollo

    August 20, 2012 at 5:29 AM

    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.

    • Cole Burmester

      August 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      The red and white is actually mandatory to run in. Might be so you can see the blood easily… 🙂

  11. Alexandra

    August 20, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    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.

    • Cole Burmester

      August 21, 2012 at 10:10 AM

      Can always film it from the safety of the balconies or railings 🙂 And thanks, we are glad we made it too haha.

  12. Donna Spears

    August 22, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    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!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      Hopefully you get the chance to go soon Donna. Such an amazing experience.

  13. Amanda

    August 31, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    That looks pretty damn epic!!!

  14. Christine Neder

    September 2, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Did you like the event? Have you been to the bull fight in the evening?

  15. K.T. from TheLifescape

    May 15, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    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!

    • Cole Burmester

      May 17, 2013 at 5:48 AM

      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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