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Annual Running of the Bulls Begins Charge Tomorrow

Aired July 6, 2000 - 1:57 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Well, in Pamplona, Spain, an annual tradition will be renewed. Starting tomorrow, thrill-seekers will try to outrun charging bulls on an 800-yard course along a narrow street.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Don't we wish we were there?

WATERS: Who thought that up?

ALLEN: I don't know.

CNN's Al Goodman reports on one man's preparations for this year's Running of the Bulls.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

AL GOODMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Thousands of people run with the bulls every year. Some actually prepare for it: Gorka Cia, a Pamplona native, just 26, but he's already run with the bulls for nine years.

GORKA CIA, PARTICIPANT, RUNNING OF THE BULLS: I know that people can say we are crazies. But, well, I don't care what the people think about that.

GOODMAN: The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona is part thrill and part tradition. Gorka works at his father's printing plant. His father ran with the bulls; his grandfather, too.

MANUEL CIA, GORKA'S FATHER: It's a tradition. When you are born here and see people running with the bulls, it becomes part of you. It's something in your blood.

GOODMAN: Ernest Hemingway described the Running of the Bulls in his 1926 novel, "The Sun Also Rises." Since then, visitors from around the world have come to Pamplona, which built a statue to honor Hemingway. But some visitors have gotten a bad name.

G. CIA: Americans, or South Africans, or Australians that come over to the street with cameras, with bags, very drunk.

GOODMAN: It can make an already dangerous race even more so.

(on camera): These streets in old Pamplona are normally pretty safe. But on eight consecutive days in July, precisely at 8:00 in the morning, the risk factor goes up considerably.

(voice-over): Pamplona has recorded 13 deaths in the bull runs; most recently a young American, five years ago. Gorka likes beer, but says the main safety rule is not to drink alcohol before running with the bulls. His admitted fear of injuries does not keep him from visiting the bulls he'll see in the streets this week. He says he'll run all eight days of the festival.

G. CIA: If I don't run, I feel very bad, very sad.

GOODMAN: Gorka walks the race course a few days in advance on the street where he'll run as if his life depended on it.

Al Goodman, CNN, Pamplona, Spain.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

WATERS: Well, we'd like to wish Gorka and all of them all good luck. And we'll be watching that tomorrow.

ALLEN: Yes, we always do.

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