Seven people were injured and no one was gored on Wednesday when daredevils ran with fighting bulls in the second-to-last bull run at the San Fermin Festival in Pamploma, Spain.
The run, which featured bulls from the pens in Santo Domingo to the pens inside the bullring, set a new record.
The El Pilar bulls, lead by the fast and furious Resistón beat the previous record by one second which had dated from the 8th of July, 1998, when the Conde de la Corte bulls covered the course in just 2 minutes and 12 seconds.
The San Fermin press office reported that seven runners were taken to hospital after the seventh bullrunning of the 2011 Sanfermin festival.
A half-tonne bull broke away from the pack during the final stretch of the run through the cobbled streets of Pamplona and struck one daredevil in the back with its head before hooking him by the armpits with its horns and tossing him to the ground. The bull then jumped over the man, who scrambled on this hands and knees to the side of the route, Vancouversun.com reported.
Meanwhile, during the 6th run on Tuesday at least two people were gored. One of the two suffered an injury from the bull’s horn, while the other got a blow in his shoulder. Two others suffered injuries as well because of falling from the bulls during the run.
The most dangerous things that can happen at San Fermin are that bull separating from the pack. A bull once separated can get nervous which leads them running in the wrong directions injuring people.
When bulls finish the run by running into the ring, handlers with long sticks guide animals into stalls, as crowds in the stands cheer.
The festival finished seven runs and one more run is waiting to get finished.
Each year, thousands of people run from a pack of charging steers during the city's San Fermin Festival.
Last Thursday marked the first run of the 2011. The festival runs from July 6 to 14, and along with the daily Bull Runs, there will be bullfights, parades, fireworks, sing-alongs and street parties.