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Desert Bull Run Draws Hundreds

July 11, 1999

MESQUITE, Nev. (AP) _ It was decidedly not Pamplona. There were no crowded city streets, just barren, sun-baked desert. And many of the bulls seemed more curious than furious.

The second annual running of the bulls kicked off here Saturday with about 600 runners, some dressed in chicken suits, matching wits and stamina against 40 bulls.

No one was injured, although both the runners and the bulls seemed exhausted by their exercise in temperatures hovering around the triple digits. Phoenix promoter Phil Immordino said the bulls flipped several runners into the air.

``If you see footprints in my back, you’ll know I didn’t make it,″ Ray Sheppard, 61, of Phoenix joked as he prepared to run in a knockoff of the 400-year-old running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

Immordino had hoped for a crowd of 10,000 to 15,000 for the three-day weekend, but only 3,000 people turned out Saturday. About 2,000 watched a bullfighting and bullriding event Friday.

The event continues Sunday with two more runs.

Last year’s bull run was held in Arizona, at a Mohave County site on the outskirts of Mesquite.

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