08/06/2013 12:57 pm ET Updated Aug 06, 2013

Great Bull Run In Chicago: Spanish Tradition Coming To Windy City In July 2014

Chicagoans who have always wanted to partake in the annual Running of the Bulls in Spain but can't afford the airfare are in luck.

The Windy City will be among the first U.S. cities to get its own take on the Spanish tradition, titled the Great Bull Run, modeled after the Pamplona tradition.

The runs are set to kick off next month just outside of Richmond, Va., while the Chicago area's first run is set to take place at Hawthorn Race Course in suburban Stickney on July 12, 2014.

"Grab life by the horns and experience the rush of a lifetime as you sprint down a quarter-mile track with twelve 1,000-pound bulls hot on your heels. Cap off your run in our insanely fun tomato food fight, Tomato Royale, then celebrate all day long in our massive festival featuring live music, great food, cold beer, games and attractions!" reads the event's description.

According to the Chicago Tribune, about 1,000 people have already signed up to take part in the Chicago-area race.

The race in Chicago will include about 24 bulls, sourced from local farms, chasing after participants inside a quarter-mile-long track, WBEZ reports. The bulls chosen for the race will be "tame," according to the run's co-founder and chief operating officer Rob Dickens.

Dickens told the Associated Press organizers will do what they can to make the race as safe for participants as possible.

"We're not using the Spanish fighting bulls that are bred to be very aggressive for the entertaining aspect of bullfighting," Dickens noted.

At least 23 people were injured during the most recent Running of the Bulls in Pamplona.


Running Of The Bulls Day 7
Running Of The Bulls Day 7