Posted by: Joe English | July 6, 2007

Friday Fun: Running of the. . . nudes?

Alright, so this post isn’t actually about running. I admit it. It’s been a strange holiday week with the Fourth of July plunked right in the middle. I even posted a “Friday Fun” section on Wednesday, not realizing that it was . . . Wednesday.

In any case, my news aggregator service often picks up stories about running that aren’t about running. They just have the word running somewhere in the title.

Now this is fine and I usually ignore them. But when I read the article below, I just couldn’t help myself. In the spirit of our Friday Fun column, I say that we all support these clever protestors and run naked tomorrow. (Note: I’m kidding and people better not show up to practice tomorrow morning sans clothing!)

Here is the story as reported by Reuters news service:

Protesters strip over Spain’s running of the bulls

The Running of the Nudes

July 6, 2007 – 6:31AM

Hundreds of animal rights activists took part in a “Running of the Nudes” on Thursday to protest the traditional Running of the Bulls ceremony in the Spanish town of Pamplona.

The demonstrators ran stripped to their underwear and sporting plastic horns, as well as the traditional red bandanna worn by those who take part in the famous Spanish event.

The Running of the Bulls involves the release of bulls every morning into the streets of the city in northeast Spain.

Daredevil revellers, including many foreigners, run ahead of the stampeding bulls as they are herded down the narrow streets towards the city’s bull ring.

Runners are sometimes caught and either gored or trampled by the running bulls and 14 people have been killed in the event since 1911.

The bulls that run in the morning are used in bullfights the same evening.

Thursday’s protest was organised by the animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), which said people from more than 30 countries took part.

Thousands of tourists are expected to attend the week-long festival of the bulls, which starts on Friday.

The running of the bulls was immortalised in Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises.

Have a great weekend out there running everyone!

Coach Joe

Note: Coach Joe does not condone public nudity (at least when anyone is looking). Please don’t run naked this weekend. But if you do, please tell us about it!

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