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4 injured, none gored in 1st Pamplona bull-run

By Associated Press
4 injured, none gored in 1st Pamplona bull-run

A reveler is chased by a Fuente Ymbro's ranch fighting bull in the 2016 San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, Spain on July 7, 2016. Revelers from around the world turned out here to kick off the festival with a messy party in the Pamplona town square, one day before the first of eight days of the running of the bulls. (Photo / Daniel Ochoa de Olza, AP)

PAMPLONA — Four people were injured in falls but no one was gored as more than a thousand thrill-seekers tested their agility and courage by racing alongside fighting bulls through the streets of this northern Spanish city in the first bull run of the San Fermin festival.

Navarra Hospital Dr. Manuel Montesino said three people sustained head injuries while another suffered an arm injury in the 8 a.m. run.

A regional government said the four were Spaniards and none was in serious condition.

4 injured, none gored in 1st Pamplona bull-run

Photographers raffling with playing cards for their position in the Estafeta corner during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, norther Spain on July 7, 2016. (Photo / Alvaro Barrientos, AP)

4 injured, none gored in 1st Pamplona bull-run

Revelers are chased by Fuente Ymbro's ranch fighting bulls in the 2016 San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, Spain on July 7, 2016. (Photo / Daniel Ochoa de Olza, AP)

4 injured, none gored in 1st Pamplona bull-run

Runners scatter as one falls in front of the Fuente Ymbro fighting bulls on the Estafeta corner during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, norther Spain on July 7, 2016. (Photo / Alvaro Barrientos, AP)

4 injured, none gored in 1st Pamplona bull-run

Revelers are chased by Fuente Ymbro's ranch fighting bulls in the 2016 San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, Spain on July 7, 2016. (Photo / Daniel Ochoa de Olza, AP)

4 injured, none gored in 1st Pamplona bull-run

Revelers are chased by Fuente Ymbro's ranch fighting bulls in the 2016 San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, Spain on July 7, 2016. (Photo / Daniel Ochoa de Olza, AP)

In the nationally televised morning runs, participants dash along with six bulls and accompanying steer down a narrow 930-yard (850-meter) course from a holding pen to Pamplona's bull ring. The bulls then face matadors and almost certain death in afternoon bullfights.

Thursday's run lasted 2 minutes, 28 seconds.

The nine-day fiesta became world famous with Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises" and is now one of Spain's most important tourist events.

Many people suffered falls and were trampled on by the beasts or other runners. In one incident, four bulls crashed into a bunch of participants close to the end of the race, and several people narrowly missed being gored.

4 injured, none gored in 1st Pamplona bull-run

A runner falls beside Fuente Ymbro fighting bulls, center, during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, norther Spain on July 7, 2016. (Photo / Alvaro Barrientos, AP)

4 injured, none gored in 1st Pamplona bull-run

Revelers run beside Fuente Ymbro fighting bulls on the Estafeta corner during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, norther Spain on July 7, 2016. (Photo / Alvaro Barrientos, AP)

4 injured, none gored in 1st Pamplona bull-run

An assistant of Spanish mounted bullfighter Leonardo Hernandez performs during a horseback bullfight at San Fermin Fiestas, in Pamplona, northern Spain on July 6, 2016. (Photo / Alvaro Barrientos, AP)

4 injured, none gored in 1st Pamplona bull-run

People look on from a balcony next to a decorated image of Saint San Fermin during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, norther Spain on July 7, 2016. (Photo / Alvaro Barrientos, AP)

4 injured, none gored in 1st Pamplona bull-run

Runners go on the way as one of them falls beside Fuente Ymbro fighting bulls on the Estafeta corner during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, norther Spain on July 7, 2016. (Photo / Alvaro Barrientos, AP)

Bull runs, or "encierros" as they are called in Spanish, are a traditional part of summer festivals across Spain. Dozens of people are injured each year in the runs, mostly in falls.

Ten people, including four Americans, were gored in last year's festival.

In all, 15 people have died from gorings in the San Fermin festival since record-keeping began in 1924.

The festival started Wednesday with the traditional midday launching of a firework rocket – known as the "Chupinazo" – from Pamplona's town hall balcony.

4 injured, none gored in 1st Pamplona bull-run

A reveler runs in front Fuente Ymbro fighting bulls on the Estafeta corner during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, norther Spain on July 7, 2016. (Photo / Alvaro Barrientos, AP)

4 injured, none gored in 1st Pamplona bull-run

Revelers run beside Fuente Ymbro fighting bulls, as people look on from balconies during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, norther Spain on July 7, 2016. (Photo / Alvaro Barrientos, AP)

4 injured, none gored in 1st Pamplona bull-run

Revelers go on the way of the Estafeta street beside Fuente Ymbro fighting bulls as people look on from balconies during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, norther Spain on July 7, 2016. (Photo / Alvaro Barrientos, AP)

4 injured, none gored in 1st Pamplona bull-run

Fuente Ymbro fighting bulls run after revelers on the Estafeta street, center, during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, norther Spain on July 7, 2016. (Photo / Alvaro Barrientos, AP)

4 injured, none gored in 1st Pamplona bull-run

A runner runs in front Fuente Ymbro fighting bulls on the Estafeta street during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, norther Spain on July 7, 2016. (Photo / Alvaro Barrientos, AP)

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