Running of the Bulls Comes to Central Va.

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An archive photo of the running-of-the-bulls in Pamplona, Spain. (Photo by Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

An archive photo of the running-of-the-bulls in Pamplona, Spain. (Photo by Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

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DINWIDDIE, Va. — A bull-running event inspired by the traditional Spanish spectacle has made its Virginia debut.

The Great Bull Run staged seven runs Saturday at a drag-racing strip in Dinwiddie, south of Richmond. Organizers said about 12,000 attended the event, including spectators, and that one minor injury occurred on the final run.

The event was 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, attended the Virginia event to ensure there was no mistreatment of animals.

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

Later runs are planned for six other states.

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