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Four injured during running of the bulls in Pamplona

By Mike Singer | CBSSports.com

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Runners try to evade charging bulls at the annual festival in Spain. (CBSNews)

A few thousand people tested their will Sunday at the first running of the bulls at the annual San Fermin festival in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona.

According to officials, only four people were injured and none were gored as six bulls along with six steers charged along a narrow, 930-yard passage toward the city's bull ring.

The first run lasted just over four minutes -- a relatively long span -- after one bull became disoriented, turned around and charged toward the participants.

According to the Telegraph, one British man “nearly suffocated” beneath a pile of runners trying to escape the bull.

The nine-day festival kicks off each day with a running of the bulls, but the first day typically draws all the attention. Fifteen people have died in the event since officials began keeping track in 1924.

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