Running of the Bulls Coming Back to Arizona

July 26, 2011

Another version of Pamplona’s running of the bulls could be coming back to Arizona this fall.

Cave Creek’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday night recommended Town Council approval of a site plan for promoter Phil Immordino’s planned Oct. 14-15 event.

Immordino promoted similar bull runs in 1998 and 1999 in Mesquite, Nev., and in 2002 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

He says the Cave Creek bull run will be safer than those in Spain, which use Mexican fighting bulls.

The event in Cave Creek – north of Phoenix – will include more docile rodeo bulls and a quarter-mile arena with escape exits every 100 feet. It also will include six bull runs with 40 bulls.

Immordino tells The Arizona Republic that he expects up to 1,000 runners and 5,000 spectators.

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