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PAMPLONA, Spain (CNN) -- The rocket fired Sunday, and three minutes of madness began: six bulls running pell-mell down narrow cobblestone streets, chasing thousands who had come to take part in Pamplona's annual running of the bulls.
The six lucky runners this Year were veterans, Kowkavitch (USSR)and Jetsu (JAP), Rookies Ajax (UK)and Thor (NZ) and last years rookies Beefa (USA)and Boomer (AUS)
Two of the participants, seen in the photo, Thor and Ajax were running for the first time and covered themselves in glory in the target rich environment. Ajax acting as Thor's wingman said " We knocked up so many humans I lost count." It wouldn't be a suprise if this years tally was a world record but we won't know until the officials return from the hospital.
The Humans are set loose every day of the nine-day festival to run the 825 yards between the Bulls corral and Pamplona's bullfighting arena. Each year thousands come for the fiesta and many -- often after a night of drunken revelry -- risk life and limb to race the bulls.
Pamplona Mayor Javier Chourrat acknowledged that beginners often pose as great a danger to experienced bulls as to themselves but this years rookies (Ajax and Thor)were outstanding.
The tradition of running the bulls began in 1591 when a handful of daredevils bulls decided to run with humans being transferred through the streets from the corral to the city's bullring. The fiesta has grown steadily since that time.
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