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Dade City gets ready for running of the bulls

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Even the guy who organizes The Great Bull Run admits the bulls could kill you.

"You're not strapped in, it's not simulated danger, you know you could possibly get seriously injured," said Rob Dickens, the CEO of The Great Bull Run, a tour company that travels the country setting up bull runs.

Friday night, 30 bulls are warming up for Saturday's Dade City run with 3,000 humans, by stuffing themselves.

"You see a lion at the zoo. You know the lion is a dangerous animal," said Dickens. "But it's not up there against the glass trying to get at you. You leave him alone, he'll leave you alone."

That's not the plan Saturday. At 1,800 lbs. each, they'll come down the track at 20 miles per hour.

Rob Dickens and crew travel the nation setting up shop ten times a year.

"(Critics) think that people who do the bull run must be stupid," he said. "There's all kinds of people out here running with the bulls, from 18 year old guys who might be idiotic, to 69-year-old women."

There are safety features built into the quarter-mile track. First of all, if you fall down, you can roll out of the way of the bulls by going under the track itself.

And you even have little nooks to hide in just in case you don't want to be part of the fray anymore.

The organizers point out that of the 10,000 people who have run with the bulls with them, only three have gotten serious injuries like broken bones and concussions.

"No life-threatening injuries whatsoever," Dickens said.

To be clear, 15 people have died in the last hundred years of Spain's bull run.

Runners here will sign a waiver.

"You get up, you go to work, you cook dinner, you watch TV, you go to bed. You repeat ad-nauseum until you die. But this gives you a chance to feel some adrenaline, to face true danger," Dickens said.

The bull run also has its share of critics. PETA sent us this statement:

"The great bull run is unsafe, unsporting, and un-American. Human participants willingly risk being seriously injured or killed by panicked animals, but the bulls who will be tormented can't opt out.. This kind of macho-rubbish cruelty has no place in an enlightened society."

In response, The "Great Bull Run" tells us their bulls have never been injured before, during or after their events. They say they love their bulls.

For information on how you can participate on Saturday, you can visit


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