Altogether, it was a pretty safe year for the famous running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain. According to official figures, around 200-300 people are injured every year–most of them in drinking-related or cobblestone-related falls, fights and frolics. Very few indeed suffer bull-related boo-boos. And even these numbers seem to be falling. In the 2012 and 2013 runnings combined just ten people total were injured by bulls. And this year there were only two–a Spaniard in serious condition after being gored in the chest and an American who took a horn to the thigh and is recovering after surgery.
The American with the hole in his thigh is Bill Hillman. Hillman is the co-author of the book Fiesta: How To Survive The Bulls Of Pamplona, published this June. Hey, he did survive.