Pinefest Running with Bulls gives thrills without spills
YEPPOON will get a taste of the Running of the Bulls with a curtain raiser to impress for this year's Pinefest Street Parade on October 15.
The family favourite Coal Train Pinefest Street Parade will be preceded by a 1.5km open foot race with runners being joined by three very impressive bulls ahead of the main street parade starting at 10am on the Sunday.
Pinefest Street Parade Co-ordinator Brian Dorey said the spectacle was a fundraiser for the Prevention of Youth Suicide sponsored by CQ Waste.
Money will be raised by Lions from entry fees and a collection of donations from the spectators.
"Entrants of the race, wearing red bandanas, can jostle with three huge bulls for the fun of it or to win $800 in prize money for those who finish in the first five places,” he said.
This Yeppoon Pinefiesta Running with the Bulls 2017 is the Capricorn Coast's version of the historic annual running of the bulls held in the basque city of Pamplona in Spain, where thousands of tourists join in a bull run through the city from paddock to arena during the festival of San Fermin, which dates back to 1592.
The foot runner entrants will race the 1.5km James Street circuit while being chased by bulls but with one major difference to the Pamplona event - these bulls have been imported from China as giant inflatables set to thrill the crowd without sending them literally running for their lives.
Mr Dorey said running of the inflatable bulls was staged as a celebration in Santillana del Mar in Spain - where people could enjoy running with the bulls without fear of risk, injury or death.
"Pinefiesta Running with the Bulls foot race entrants can join in for an entry fee of $5 which includes a souvenir Yeppoon Pinefiesta Running with the Bulls 2017 red bandana,” Mr Dorey
"The foot race will start and finish on the Beaman Park, James Street pedestrian crossing.”
This is an open footrace with no age categories. All entrants under 18 years must have the signed consent of their parent or guardian.
Any participant who interferes with a co-participant during the race will be disqualified.