Why do people run with bulls--guy gored to death!

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They do it because the thrill is worth the risk to them. Realistic risk assessment may also not be a forté of every drunk tourist who joins in. If you are asking for the origin of the customary bull run, it's a tradition stemming from the time when the bulls were chased to the bull fighting arena by drovers and by members of the butchers' guild.
 
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Because it is "tradition" and traditional does not mean logical.
 
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Why do people jump out of perfectly good airplanes, climb mountains in the freezing cold, swim with sharks etc......Because of the rush man!!!
 
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Not to be the devil's advocate, but I assume the large number of people who don't get gored has something to do with it as well...
 
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I lived in Southern Spain in the late 70's and used to attend this, um, celebration. It seemed to be the thing to do (at the time). Growing up on a farm, I had a bit more sense than to get out and run with them... Ahhh, but there's a lot of liquid courage consumed at these events.... It was actually quite a good time. We now return you to your regularly-scheduled program
 
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The tradition of messing around with bulls goes way back. There was an ancient Greek activity in which men would run at the bulls and leap over their heads, turn flips over their backs and whatnot. Running with the bulls in Spain is no more weird than cowboys trying to ride them, or roping young calves, etc. I ran with the bulls( well, bull) once, completely unintentionally, having irritated one while cutting through a pasture between my granpa's place and my uncle's. Pretty...exhilarating, especially since I didn't get caught.
 
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I ran with a Fleckvieh bull once -- also unintentionally. Actually, I wan't exactly running with him. ;\)
 
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