New Orleans hosts its version of the Running of the Bulls tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 8 a.m. We hear from Cate Root that it is worth checking out.
General idea of tomorrow’s event from Cate, who has run before (and who wrote about it for NOLA.com):
– The event is free but donations are encouraged.
– The runners wear comfortable white clothes (white shirt is mandatory), with a red banana tied around their neck and a red scarf around their waist (photos of outfits).
– The race starts at The Sugar Mill (1021 Convention Center Boulevard), directly across from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center near the Mississippi River in the historic Warehouse District.
– The race is less than a mile (route).
– NOLA’s roller girls wear horns and play the role of the bulls. They have plastic, wiffle-type bats that they use to bop the runners on the butt. Cate said it’s not painful. They’ll be joined by roller girls from around the country.
– The organizers expect 400 “bulls” and about 10,000 to 12,000 runners tomorrow.
– The procession of San Fermin (more) starts at 7:15 a.m.
– Cate said it is a short run so make sure you are there on time. And organizers said you can get there and start getting your drink on at 6:30 a.m.
More info from WWL.com:
You can run or watch for free, but NolaBulls would prefer you pre-register and chip in a bit. The group supports Animal Rescue New Orleans and the Louisiana MS Society.
Registration is mandatory for access to the air conditioning, some of the entertainment, bars, and food.
“Even if you don’t want to get swatted with a plastic bat, you can just stand on the sidelines and watch everybody else get hit.”