Runners clear out in front of the bulls during The Great Bull Run event at the Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, Va., on Saturday, Aug., 24, 2013. Joe Mahoney / AP

Runners clear out in front of the bulls during The Great Bull Run event at the Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, Va., on Saturday, Aug., 24, 2013. Joe Mahoney / AP

Spanish bull run tradition comes to the U.S.

A long-time Spanish tradition where hundreds of people run in front of a group of bulls has now made its way to the U.S.

Saturday was the first of seven events that will take place throughout the country during the The Great Bull Run. Virginia was the first state to hold the bull run.

The tradition, originally from Spain, usually entails releasing about a dozen bulls on a specific street of a Spanish town. When the bulls are released, hundreds run in front of the bulls for a designated distance.

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Organizers said about 12,000 attended the first event, including spectators, and that one minor injury occurred on the final run.

Local ranches who supply the bulls and veterinarians have said they’re partnering with the event organizers to monitor the animal’s health.

Later events are planned for Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

The bull run tradition has spread to countries including Mexico, Peru, Portugal and Southern France.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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