DINWIDDIE, Virginia (WWBT) -- They defied death, and descended upon Dinwiddie for the first running of the bulls in America - thousands of people attended the inaugural Great Bull Run Saturday, dressed in sombreros, capes, and American flags, ready to grab life by the horns.
"You see peoples' faces getting more and more panicked, and then you know it's do or die, you have to run," said amateur bull runner Molly Walter. "It was thrilling, I would do it again in a heartbeat."
The Virginia Motorsports Park packed 500 people per race into the quarter-mile course, where ranchers launched 12 bulls into the crowd. The event featured seven races total, with the final heat sending 24 bulls down the course.
"They catch up on you really quick," said Tony Muniz, who traveled from Raleigh, N.C. for the race. "You can't see [the bulls] because there's a large crowd of people. But all of a sudden they come through and they're a lot faster than they look."
Organizers feared death could have been a serious possibility for dozens of participants, but only one man was sent away in an ambulance after the final leg of the event. The man was trampled and laid still on the ground near the end of the track, before participants pulled him out of the path of an oncoming stampede.