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Can anybody run?

Anyone 18 years and older is entitled to run with the bulls in Pamplona. However, the police is very vigilant and will immediately pull out anyone who breaks the rules, either before or during the Bull Run (encierro). The most important rules include:

  • No drunks
  • No electronics (photo or video cameras, phones, mp3 players etc.)
  • No high heels
  • No touching of the bulls (even though some people do this it is seen as disrespectful to the animal and will be punished by aficionados and the police alike)
  • Anyone who stands in front of the start line will be removed from the Bull Run (encierro) course at 7 a.m.. The line is on Mercaderes street so that anyone between Santo Domingo and the beginning of Mercaderes will be eligible to run. There will be many people lining up in Estafeta street but they will all be disqualified. Runners are given time to spread out in the whole course before the the Run starts. Before 7 a.m. however, you must wait behind the start line. The purpose of this is to limit the total number of runners.