PAMPLONA, Spain — Two Americans and a Briton were gored and eight others injured Tuesday as thousands of daredevils dashed through the streets of this northern Spanish city in the first running of fighting bulls for the San Fermin festival, organizers said.
Mike Webster, a 38-year-old occupational therapist from Gainesville, Fla., was gored as he ran with the bulls in Pamplona for his 38th time over the last 11 years, he said from his hospital bed.
San Fermin's media office said he was gored in the armpit, and Webster told the Associated Press that he hasn't decided whether he'll run again because he first needs to discuss the issue with his wife.
Also gored was a 27-year-old Californian identified only by his initials, D.M.O. A 30-year-old Briton with the initials A.B.O. was gored in the groin area. None of the three were in serious condition.
Three other Americans were among the eight others injured, most with bruises sustained in falls and crowd crushes during the nationally televised event that lasted just over two minutes.
The daily run sees people dashing with six bulls along a narrow, 930-yard course from a holding pen to the city's bullring. The bulls are then killed by professional matadors in bullfights each afternoon.
The nine-day annual fiesta, which features 24-hour street partying, was made famous in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel ''The Sun Also Rises."
Bull runs are a traditional part of summer festivals across Spain. Dozens are injured each year in the runs, most in falls, although two men died after being gored in recent weeks.