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Race Preview: Running of the Bulls 7/12/2015 (Eugene, Ore.)

Some of the roller derby

Some of the roller derby "bulls!" at the Eugene Running of the Bulls 4-mile event on July 12, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon (Photo Credit: Thomas Rathbun-Moser)

The Eugene Running of the Bulls, by Pink Buffalo Racing, ran for the first year in July, 2013. I was in attendance at the inaugural event, and it was just a blast! Now, going on year number three, the Running of the Bulls 4-miler is quickly becoming a staple event in the Eugene area running community – and beyond. On Sunday, July 12, 2015, take to the serene multi-use paths of Alton Baker Park in Eugene for a 4-mile run (or walk). When you pick-up your packet prior to the race, you will be given a red sash to wear (you should wear a white top if you can!). At 9 a.m., participants will be off on the fully paved course in an attempt to make it to the finish line prior to the release of the bulls. You see, participants start the 4-mile race first, and then shortly after, the bulls are released on the same course! Now, don’t worry, these aren’t real bulls, but you may have to do a double-take; the bulls are roller derby guys and gals who will be yielding plastic bats to bop you on the booty with. If you do get gored by a bull, don’t worry – just keep going and get to the finish line!

There will be an aid station at about the 2 mile mark, so don’t linger too long or the bulls will catch up to you for sure.

The top three male and female overall finishers, as well as the top three male and female finishers in each age group, will be given awards.

Bulls and participants co-exsisting at the Eugene Running of the Bulls 4-miler, occurring Sunday, July 12, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo Credit: Thomas Rathbun-Moser)

Want to take to the arena and beat those bulls? I don’t blame you, I do! Entry fees are $20 until July 11, 2015. Technical event shirt are $10 and guaranteed through June 26, 2015. Registration is available the day of race for $25. Seniors 60+ and youth 17 and under deduct $5 from registration pricing. Packet pick-up and same-day registration will be available from 7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. on July 12, 2015 at the ‘green pavilions’ in Alton Baker Park.

There may still be room to be a bull. If you are interested, click here to fill out the application. The deadline to register to be a bull is Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

Date: Sunday, July 12, 2015
Distance: 4 miler
Start Time: 9 a.m.
Cost: $20 until July 11, 2015, $25 for day of race registration. Tech shirt $10 until June 26. Seniors 60+ and youth 17 and under deduct $5.
Register: Click here to register

About Jessica Mumme (235 Articles)
Jessica Mumme, a Portland native, currently lives in Eugene with her husband and three cats (children). Her favorite distances are the 10k and marathon, but she will run any race distances, and especially loves competing in running events. She is Half Fanatic #2635, and has completed 42 half marathons since May, 2009. Jessica tackled her first ultra marathon distance at the 2015 McKenzie River Trail 50k Ultra. See her race calendar and other fun stuff at her personal blog, runjessica.com.

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