PAMPLONA, Spain, July 13 (UPI) -- Throngs of people ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, Wednesday, with a handful paying the price with injuries, officials said.
None of the seven victims was seriously hurt during the 2-minute, 15-second sprint ahead of a half-dozen bulls in the annual display of nerve, Spanish news agency EFE reported. At least 15 runners have been killed since records began tracking the event early in the 1900s.
Among those running this year was John Hemingway, the 50-year-old grandson of the late novelist Ernest Hemingway, who popularized the running of the bulls in his 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises."
"It was terrifying to see those beasts thundering towards me," he told The Daily Telegraph. "But I survived it and I think Ernest would have approved."
He said his grandfather, a World War I ambulance driver and later a war correspondent, never ran with the bulls himself.
"It wasn't that he was scared," he said. "I don't think anyone could accuse him of not being brave. But he did have shrapnel in his legs left over from the war and I think that made running difficult."
The final run of this year's nine-day San Fermin festival, which has been around about 400 years and attracts up to a million visitors, will be Thursday.