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  • In this Aug. 20, 2013, photo, workers spread dirt in preparation for the Great Bull Run at Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie County, Va. The event, based on the annual event in Pamplona, Spain and the first of a series beginning Saturday, Aug. 24 at the racetrack. (AP Photo/The Progress-Index, Patrick Kane)

Saturday, August 24, 2013 5:04 pm

Great Bull Run holds first US event, at Va. track

The Associated Press

A bull-running event inspired by the traditional Spanish spectacle is making its U.S. debut.

The Great Bull Run held its first of several events Saturday at a drag-racing strip in Virginia.

Organizers said about 12,000 attended the event, including spectators, and that one minor injury occurred on the final run.

The event is inspired by the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Some have criticized the treatment of bulls in the runs. Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States says he's attending the Virginia event to ensure there's no mistreatment.

Organizers have said they're partnering with ranches who supply the bulls and veterinarians to monitor their health.

Later events are planned for Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois and Pennsylvania.