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Held since 1591, the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain attracts thousands of foreign visitors each year for nine days of revelry, morning bull runs and afternoon bullfights. The festival, best known for its daily running of the bulls, kicked off July 6 with the traditional "Chupinazo" rocket launch and will run until July 14. Thrillseekers sprinted through Pamplona in a swift and relatively clean start to the running of the bulls July 7. No one was gored on Tuesday, but four people were hospitalized with bumps, bruises or scrapes, Spanish Red Cross spokesman Jose Aldaba said. On each day of the festival bulls are released at 8:00 a.m. to run from their corral through the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town over an 850-meter course. Ahead of them are the runners, who try to stay close to the bulls without falling over or being gored. ( 25 photos total)
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