Magazine article The Spectator


Magazine article The Spectator


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Running scared Three participants were gored at the Pamplona bull run. The event has reputation for danger, but how risky is it?

- Since 1910, 15 deaths have been recorded, the last in 2009. Five of the deaths have been since 1980.

- Counting of the participants began only 2011, when 20,500 people were recorded as taking part in the eight bull runnings of that year. If this is typical it suggests a mortality rate of about one in 140,000.

- This compares well with another mass outdoor event: the London marathon.

Since 1981, there have been eight deaths during or immediately after the marathon.

Over 32 years the number of participants has grown from 6,500 to 32,000, suggesting a mortality rate of approximately one in 67,000, or about twice that of the bull run.

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% who admit to having taken them

American football 13%

Lacrosse 12%

Baseball 9. …

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