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Pamplona's San Fermin Bull Running Festival: Two Americans Gored

This year's San Fermin bull-running festival in the Spanish town of Pamplona saw two Americans and one Briton gored, organizers said.

PAMPLONA, Spain — Two Americans and a Briton were gored Tuesday as thousands of daredevils dashed alongside bulls through the streets of Pamplona on the first bull run of the annual San Fermin festival, organizers said.

Mike Webster, a 38-year-old occupational therapist from Gainesville, Florida, was gored as he ran with the bulls through the Spanish city for the 38th time in 11 years.

San Fermin's media office said he was gored in the armpit, and Webster told The Associated Press from his hospital bed that he hasn't decided whether he'll run again because he first needs to discuss the issue with his wife.

Mike Webster in his hospital bed in Pamplona on Tuesday.Daniel Ochoa de Olza / AP

Also gored were a 27-year-old Californian identified by the media office only by his initials, D.M.O., and a 30-year-old Briton with the initials A.B.O. Neither was in serious condition.

Three other Americans were among the eight others injured, most with bruises from falls and crowd crushes during the nationally televised run that lasted just over two minutes.

The nine-day fiesta in Pamplona, which features 24-hour street partying, was made famous in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises" and attracts thousands of foreign tourists.

Image: A steer jumps over a fallen runner as two Jandilla fighting bulls follow behind at the Mercaderes curve during the first running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona
A steer jumps over a fallen runner at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona on Tuesday.SUSANA VERA / Reuters

The daily runs see people dashing with six bulls along a narrow, 850-meter course from a holding pen to the city's bullring. The bulls are then killed by professional matadors in bullfights each afternoon.

Two men have died recently after being gored by bulls in Spanish festivals — one Saturday in the eastern town of Grao de Castellon and another June 24 in the southwestern town of Coria.

In all, 15 people have died from gorings in Pamplona since record-keeping began in 1924 for the San Fermin festival.