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Spanish Bull Run Debuts in Virginia

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Participants run in front of Miura's bulls during the last bull run of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 14, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ ANDER GILLENEA        (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

Participants run in front of Miura’s bulls during the last bull run of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 14, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ ANDER GILLENEA (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

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DINWIDDIE, Va. — A Spanish spectacle is making its Virginia debut, with daredevils running with the bulls.

The Great Bull Run had the first of several runs Saturday at a drag-racing strip in Dinwiddie, south of Richmond. Organizers say thousands have paid to run with the bulls.

The event is inspired by the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Some people have criticized the treatment of bulls used in the run. An outspoken critic is the Humane Society of the United States.

The president and CEO of the animal protection group, Wayne Pacelle, is attending the Virginia event to ensure there is no mistreatment of animals.

Pacelle described the run as boring and a “frat boy event.”

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