The Great Bull Run Comes to Florida Nationwide Festival Series Brings Spanish Tradition to Select Cities Across U.S.

TAMPA BAY, Fla., Feb. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Twenty-four bulls, a ¼ mile track and thousands of thrill-seekers. It's time to grab life by the horns at The Great Bull Run on March 8th at Little Everglades Ranch. This "bucket-list" sensation has taken the nation by storm drawing thousands of participants in major cities across the U.S.! There's a new craze in the world of adventure sports and it involves running with real bulls.  While certainly not new to those familiar with the running of the bulls festival in Pamplona, Spain, this is the first time this centuries-old sport has come to the United States as part of a nationwide event series.

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Launched in April of 2013, The Great Bull Run has announced a 10-city schedule that began last August in Virginia with 12,000 festival attendees.  Each event features multiple runnings of the bulls throughout the day followed by Tomato Royale, a large tomato food fight with nearly 40,000 lbs. of tomatoes & thousands of participants.   For those who prefer watching rather than participating, spectator areas are set up along The Great Bull Run track and around the Tomato Royale arena featuring great music, festival games, food and beverages.

The Great Bull Run will hold its Florida event at Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City on March 8, 2014.  Kevin Campbell, the General Manager of the venue, said, "Little Everglades Ranch is very excited to be hosting The Great Bull Run in February.  We've been host to some pretty amazing equestrian and extreme running events over the past 12 years, but The Great Bull Run has the potential to bigger than all of them." 

There are obvious risks associated with running with live bulls, but it's not as dangerous as it first seems. "The runners are ultimately responsible for dodging the bulls when they come through, but we've taken additional measures to decrease the risk of injury and make this event accessible to everyone, not just the craziest thrill seekers out there," said Rob Dickens, co-founder of The Great Bull Run.   Additionally extreme care and veterinary monitoring is provided to the bulls to maintain their health and safety.

Tickets are available online at www.thegreatbullrun.com/events/orlando-2014 and at the gate on the day of the event.  Prices increase as the event date nears, ranging from $50-$65 for runners, $30-$40 for Tomato Royale participants and $10 for spectators.  The festival is open to all ages.  Runners must be 18 years or older with a valid government identification while Tomato Royale participants must be 14 or older.  

Media Contact: Rob Dickens, The Great Bull Run, (919) 370-2097, rob@thegreatbullrun.com

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