• Bull Run brings thousands to Conyers, 1 hurt


    ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News is in Conyers, where thrill-seekers are risking their lives going up against bulls that can run as fast as 40 miles an hour.

    Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach is at Spain's Running of the Bull in Conyers, where he saw one man get head-butted and stomped by a bull in an afternoon race.

    More than 3,000 were at the event at Georgia International Horse Park.

    "I'm not getting any younger, so might as well do it," said Vilma Fernandez. "I'm expecting I'm probably going to wake up in the hospital with two thumbs up."

    Participants came dressed in their best whites with the splash of a red.

    Just before the gates open, runners spaced themselves out along the quarter-mile track and then they were off.

    But with 18 bulls running 30 miles an hour, it's mostly just let them run past you while getting out of the way.

    There's a danger of getting trampled, but there are areas to bail out if gets too intense and runners can climb the fence.

    And at least in the first race, no one was hurt.

    Afterwards Channel 2 Action News asked runners if it was worth paying about $60 to run for their lives.

    "(The race is) too quick; over in a flash," one person said.

    "(I'm) more scared seeing all the people run toward me, and then I was (scared) of the bull," another person told Gehlbach.

    "They came by. (I) got to touch one of them. It was fast, definitely worth it," an observer said.

    Unlike in Spain, the bulls in the Conyers race are not killed after the run.

    From here they get packed up and are off to Houston for a bull run there in December.

    The organizers have 10 more runs set throughout next summer in cities all over the United States.

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