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Chicago Thu Jul 10 2014

Great Bull Run Hits Hawthorne Race Course Saturday

On the same week that Chicago writer Bill Hillman, author of a popular article about running with the bulls in Pamplona along with a recent how-to Kindle book, was gored by a bull in Spain, Chicago area residents get a unique opportunity to run with the bulls right here at home.

Going to Pamplona is a bucket list item for thrill seekers, but it's not cheap when it comes to travel and stay costs -- not to mention the fact that it's utterly dangerous (see gored man in above link). The Great Bull Run at Hawthorne Race Course this Saturday, July 12th, offers you the same thrill that you would get running with the bulls in Spain, but in a much safer environment (as safe as running with bulls can be) and at a fraction of the cost.

For $75 on the day of the event (plus $10 for parking if you drive), you not only get to run with the bulls during one of their six different time slots, but you get a t-shirt, bandana, one free beer, and also get to participate in their Tomato Royale food fight that takes place after the bull running.

Spectator tickets are $15, and tickets for the Royale only can be nabbed for $55. If severe weather threatens the event, the rain out date is on Sunday. For more information about how the event unfolds, check out their handy FAQ page.

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