Thrill seekers have the chance to run with bulls

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Weighing in at more than 1,200 pounds each, bulls hailing from the swamps of Louisiana, are going to be unleashed in Biloxi. More than 100 thrill seekers have voluntarily signed up to run along side these dangerous and very unpredictable wild animals.

"Our rodeo promoter came to me a few months ago and said, 'We really want to do something that will give a lot of attention to the rodeo and a fun event that will go hand and hand with the rodeo,'" Coast Coliseum Assistant Executive Director Matt McDonald said.

That's how the crazy idea for the Biloxi Beach Bull Run came about.

"Safety was our first concern, we had to make sure we had proper precautions in place from medical personnel to the right type of fencing along the course so the animals stay in the course," McDonald said.

Once those things were figured out, the search began for the bulls.

"We have had several calls about what type bulls they are," McDonald said. "The bulls, they are definitely bulls, there is no question about it. But if you look at the bulls, the horns have been grinded down on the end. So these are not bulls that will come and hook you and the horns will pierce your skin."

But don't be fooled, that doesn't mean these bulls are calm.

"These are the kind of bulls that will bump you, move you along out of their way because they have a place they are trying to get to," McDonald said.

So depending on how the bulls are feeling Saturday, it could be a wild ride for the runners.

Organizers do have one piece of advice for the daredevils, "You don't have to run faster than the bull. You just have to run faster than the guy next to you," McDonald said.

The Biloxi Beach Bull Run will be Saturday at 6:30 in the evening. There is still room for more runners, if you would like to give it a try or you would like to purchase a rodeo ticket to watch, visit:

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