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Some of you might remember a post I wrote at the end of last year about goals for 2010. My primary goal for the year was to drop about 50 pounds, and my reward for doing so would be running with the bulls in Pamplona Spain in July. So far, I've dropped about 20 pounds, and I'm really looking forward to the run.

A couple of my buddies have decided to run with me, and I got to thinking that it might be cool to extend the invitation to WSO readers. It could be a once-in-a-lifetime type experience, and it might be a lot of fun to put a bunch of douchey finance types in front of a couple dozen enraged bulls. If nothing else, it might be good resume filler and something to talk about with interviewers who will no doubt be jealous.

NOTICE: This is in no way, shape, or form endorsed by Patrick or Wall Street Oasis; so when one of you half-sissies gets gored by an angry bull don't start screaming for a lawyer. If you're interested in maybe putting something together, contact me offline at [email protected]. I'm talking about man shit here, gentlemen.

In case you're wondering what you might be getting yourself into, this video should get you fired up:

Comments (28)

  • coffeebateman's picture

    Holy shit at the guy crossing the road!!1

    "I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcom

  • Beef's picture

    Holy crap this looks like fun. Consider that less than .01% of people who run with the bulls actually get injured... The odds are like playing a reverse lottery, where only a lucky few end up losing. But everyone gets to say they ran with the bulls at the end of the day.

    Wall Street leaders now understand that they made a mistake, one born of their innocent and trusting nature. They trusted ordinary Americans to behave more responsibly than they themselves ever would, and these ordinary Americans betrayed their trust.

  • surferdude867's picture

    I've run with the bulls, and it doesn't *have* to be as crazy as it sounds. You can be in one of 3 different groups:

    The "easy" group, which is the furthest away from the bulls starting point. Any tourist can do this.

    The "medium" group, this is the group I chose, and there are lots of places to duck and hide. Still, you need to be able to run.

    And finally, the "absolutely insane" group, which starts closest to the bulls. Pure madness.

  • jtbbdxbnycmad's picture

    Here's one Spaniard who's never done this in Pamplona.

    Sometimes we spend a few days of our summers (or rather, when I was still a student) in a small town in the east coast of Spain. The local tradition there is to do the same (though the town is tiny), and the bull's horns wear two round caskets that are lit up with fire. It's a younger bull. It's a fun one to run in.

    Another town that my cousins go to have a bull run in which the grand finale is at the town's pier - if the bull is catching up to you, you can just jump off the side of the pier into the Mediterranean. The best part is when the bull figures out just a little too late that there's an end to the pier.... and skids off and lands in the water, with everyone else.

  • momoney22's picture

    i've been to pamplona for running of the bulls. it's almost impossible to actually "run" with the bulls. they run for about 5-10 minutes at 7am and there are so many people that you hardly get a chance to get even close to them.

    but the experience is once in a lifetime and something i will never forget

  • islandoffmorocco's picture

    ah, edmundo braverman, i wish. but unlike you, i am not a retired millionaire! i can only spare so many days.

    i will try to get in around 250 km. i will be with another person. we will push ourselves to do 30-35 km a day, which is aiming a bit high because of the terrain, but i think doable. i want to sleep under the stars when it doesn't look like rain, and walk at least a couple of nights if the moon is out and the path is solid. after getting the Compostela, we will hit up finisterre.

    i don't know. those bulls look mean and it would be fun to run with them. wish i could do both. long time ago i was on a safari and a rogue bull elephant chased after me in the bush. it was more fun than skydiving i'll give you that i still remember it well! and the bulls that try to kill you will be fast...

    both experiences sound great. one is civilizational, the other primitive. i am sure your trip will entail a lot more than those 15 minutes. have fun in yours. i am definitely really looking forward to mine.

  • Rumplesmoothspin's picture

    "When do you sleep?...Sunday."
    London, the city that always sleeps...fuck.