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Hundreds Participate in Pamplona's 'Running of the Bulls'

Aired July 7, 2000 - 2:03 p.m. ET

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

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: The first day of the famous running of the bulls in Spain is over, and as usual the bulls won, at least for the run into the ring. More than 20 people suffered minor injuries.

CNN's Al Goodman has the pictures.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

AL GOODMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Six fighting bulls, each weighing more than half a ton, charge into the streets. Some steers help guide them along the 825-meter, or half-mile, course to the bull ring. The only thing in the way: hundreds of daring runners.

For Pamplona natives, it is a proud and centuries-old tradition to run with the bulls, passed down from one generation to the next. But for visitors from around the world, it's more of a quick thrill.

The week-long festival honors Pamplona's patron saint, San Fermin. The fiesta became known internationally because of Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel, "The Sun Also Rises," which described the sometimes deadly runs. Official records list 13 fatalities over the years. There have also been a few hundred serious injuries from bull gorings, and thousands of minor cuts and bruises.

But none of that has scared off a fresh batch of runners year after year, many dressed in the traditional white and red outfits. As for the bulls, they face certain death in Pamplona's bull ring only hours after their one and only run along the cobblestone streets.

Al Goodman, CNN, Madrid.

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