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No bulls: 5K twist on Spanish tradition

By Stephen WrightThe Running of the Bulls is coming to Bermuda later this month, albeit with a unique twist on the daring Spanish tradition.

Inspired by the annual festival held in Pamplona, Spain, which involves running in front of a small group of stampeding bulls, the inaugural Validus Re Running of the Bulls 5K race will be held next Sunday.

Rather than be chased down by a pack of angry bulls, though, participants will have to outrun several of the Island’s elite runners such as four-time May 24 champion Chris Estwanik.

Estwanik and his fellow ‘bulls’ will have a delayed start before trying to catch the rest of the runners before the finish line.

Conan M. Ward, Validus Re’s chief executive officer, said the Bermuda’s version of The Running of the Bulls would provide “loads of fun for the whole family”.

“We are delighted to be supporting the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Bermuda for this important fundraiser and hope to make this an annual event.

“The event provides loads of fun for the whole communityand whether you come for the workout or to show your support, you are sure to have a great time and a truly memorable day.”

He added: “We are proud to support more than 40 charitable grant programmes in the local community, and the Running of the Bulls 5K Run/Walk is an important part of that effort.”

Participants have the option of choosing the 5K run or walk.

There will be prizes awarded to the best runner or competitive walker in their age bracket and t-shirts for the first 200 runners who pick up their race numbers.

The Mid Atlantic Athletic Club registration fee is $27 for MAAC members, $32 for non-members and reduced rates for MAAC Gold members and recreational walkers.

Deadline for paper registration is 4.30 pm on Wednesday, February 22, to Sportseller, Washington Mall; or online registration by 5pm on Friday, February 24.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bermuda is a mentoring programme dedicated to helping children and youth, primarily from single parent homes, realise their potential by facilitating the development of long-term one-to-one relationships.

Register today at

Photo by Tamell Simons ¬ Chris Estwanik wins yesterday's Fairmont to Fairmont Road Race.

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Published February 17, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 17, 2012 at 5:50 am)

No bulls: 5K twist on Spanish tradition

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