About 4,000 people - dressed in everything from thongs to superhero costumes - dodged 1,000-pound bulls as they sprinted down a quarter-mile dirt track on Saturday in rural Virginia's version of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
It was the first event of what promoters say will be a nationwide, 10-city bull-running tour modeled on the annual Pamplona event.
"I just didn't want to die, to get trampled by bulls and die," said Cat Jones, 22, who works in engineering and traveled from New York City for the run.
"It was a rush ... a shot of adrenalin," she said.
Jones had such a thrill dodging bulls and watching them race by at break-neck speed that she paid $30 to run again in the afternoon.
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The next Great Bull Run is scheduled for Oct. 19 in Atlanta. Other cities on the nationwide tour include Houston, Tampa and Los Angeles.