11th Running with the Bulls to kick off at Strathmore Stampede
Strathmore event is only one of its kind in Canada
The annual Running with the Bulls takes place this weekend at the Strathmore Stampede and while it may not be quite as dangerous as the event in Pamploma, Spain, it's still not for the faint of heart.
Located about 50 kilometres east of Calgary, Strathmore has hosted the one-of-a-kind event for the past 11 years. The winner takes home a $1,000 cash purse and that's got some thinking up creative — and potentially death-defying — ways to make it to the finish line.
"I saw a video of some Spanish guys doing front flips over the bull as it runs at them and I'm pretty sure I can do that too," said Eric Hanson, who won last year's event.
Jim Cammaert, the event organizer, said that in recent years they've had about 80 runners per night coming from all over Canada and beyond.
Injuries are possible, and there are bull wranglers and paramedics nearby to help those who get trampled, tossed and pinned.
"About half a dozen people actually got taken to hospital [last year]," said Matt Schulz, a paramedic with Wheatland EMS. "Lots of blunt trauma, some fractures, stuff like that."
The Strathmore Stampede Running with the Bulls event takes place at 6 p.m. MT on Saturday and Sunday.
With files from The Canadian Press