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County: 'No Right' To Hold Bull Run Near Temecula

Riverside County officials issued a statement saying that the running-of-the-bulls event planned near Temecula has not been permitted.

A screenshot of the website for 'The Great Bull Run' says the event will be at Temecula Downs Event Center on June 21.  Screenshot captured Feb. 7, 2014.
A screenshot of the website for 'The Great Bull Run' says the event will be at Temecula Downs Event Center on June 21. Screenshot captured Feb. 7, 2014.

Plans to turn loose several dozen bulls at a Temecula Valley polo ground and let hundreds of people go dashing down a track with the galloping beasts aren't passing muster with Riverside County officials, who said Friday the event has not been permitted.

"The Great Bull Run" prompted calls of concern this week to officials in the city of Temecula and Riverside County after advertisements about the run hit the web, offering readers "the rush of a lifetime" during a June 21 running-of-the-bulls at Galway Downs.

The website for the event touts: 

The Great Bull Run is coming to Temecula Downs Event Center in Riverside County on June 21st!  Grab life by the horns and experience the rush of a lifetime as you sprint down a quarter-mile track with up to twenty-four 1,500-pound bulls hot on your heels

According to the site, six runs are scheduled, with early registrants paying $35 for admission and same-day registrants paying $70. One ad alluded to the opportunity for participants to have a "Hemingway moment," alluding to the famed author's recollections of the Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain, where bull runs down city streets are the high point of the annual celebration.

"Come out and cheer on your friends and family as they participate in the craziest day of their lives," the site says.

There's a "tomato food fight" scheduled the same day, along with live music, wine, food and games, according to organizers, who added that similar events have drawn upwards of 5,000 people.

Galway Downs, home of the Temecula Valley Polo Club, is located just east of Temecula, in an unincorporated area off of state Route 79 and Los Caballos Road.

According to Riverside County Executive Office officials, the bull run requires a "temporary outdoor event application" to be approved by the county, but no such document has been submitted.

Before signing off on the application, county staff would consider the impact the event might have on public safety, traffic and quality of life for area residents and businesses, officials said.

"Riverside County has serious concerns about the public safety and planning-review issues of an event that size," according to a county statement. "Hurdles would be difficult to overcome."

City News Service attempted to contact several Great Bull Run promoters via email, but there was no immediate response.


– City News Service contributed to this report.

Joseph Morabito February 09, 2014 at 11:18 AM
Alana, I completely agree... I don't want to. What does my desires have to do with the desires of others? The only thing you've made clear is that you are in full support of the Nanny State. You should see all the other dangerous things that people line up to do... you're going to be one busy bee trying to keep all the people safe from their own choices. Nothing better than wanting to put adults in bubble wrap.
ChrisG February 09, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Who would go running with bulls that did not know the danger? These are adrenaline junkies.
kristin c February 09, 2014 at 01:43 PM
The injured people will sue the county who didn't want it in the first place...
kristin c February 09, 2014 at 01:44 PM
I wonder if skydiving or bungee jumping with a bull is safe.
kristin c February 09, 2014 at 01:45 PM
I'm surprised PeTA isn't all over this...
B-Cat February 09, 2014 at 01:45 PM
Will Obama care cover any injuries if you get horned?
B-Cat February 09, 2014 at 01:49 PM
This is a democrat event where just republicans run with the bulls and Bill Clinton watches as they get "Gored" ha ha.
Luvpug February 09, 2014 at 01:51 PM
Would love to see the county officials running in front of the bulls lol!
Joseph Morabito February 09, 2014 at 01:51 PM
Kristan, anyone can sue anyone else for any reason. That doesn't mean they'd stand a chance in court... but I do think I'd like to see them bungee jump like you mentioned... and just to keep it locally themed, they can bungee jump from hot air balloons!
SA February 09, 2014 at 02:02 PM
@Kristin … Only lazy freeloaders are litigious like such, which would file a lawsuit regardless of what waiver has been executed. Such people would not participate…. Let the bulls run …
Infidel Jones February 09, 2014 at 02:21 PM
Typical government officious intermeddlers who think that people need "permission" to do anything. F Temecula in the bull-ass!
Bob February 09, 2014 at 04:06 PM
Too bad was looking forward to seeing some people get thrown around
Annie G. February 09, 2014 at 04:22 PM
now theres an idea- make public officials run with the bulls to show they are qualified later to run the bull by us. hmmmm.....
Steve Newman February 09, 2014 at 05:03 PM
ChrisG- disabled Jeff would be the first run over by the bulls- now I call that Karma/ poetic justice all in one. The BS ran over by the bulls.
Steve Newman February 09, 2014 at 05:05 PM
Kristin- PETA is one of the potential claimants. People Eating Tasty Animals.
Steve Newman February 09, 2014 at 05:12 PM
Jeff- "I posted first not you.": Now who is infantile. You win Jeff- you are.
Steve Newman February 09, 2014 at 05:15 PM
Artemus- anybody who lives in the country-didn't you mean county?
Steve Newman February 09, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Artemus- I stand corrected-= you meant to say those that live in the country-not city folk.
SA February 10, 2014 at 10:10 AM
Arizona just had a “Running of the Bulls” and people seemed to be pretty jazzed about it. Oh wait that is Arizona the state where you can get ammo, gas, beer and tobacco all in one stop … Sorry I brought it up #sarcasm …
anotherview February 10, 2014 at 11:34 AM
The proposed event, if attended by 5000 people, would bring unusual traffic to a stretch of Highway 79 South near and at the highway turnoff to the entrance to the event grounds. Hwy 79 South serves as an important connector between Temecula Valley and the desert communities including Palm Springs. The traffic jam for this event would interfere with traffic on this important highway at the expense of through commuters receiving no direct (and likely no indirect) benefit from the event but suffering from it while the event promoters make money from the event. Thank goodness the county has taken official notice of this proposed moneymaking event to make it to conform to due requirements for such a proposed event.
ChrisG February 10, 2014 at 12:01 PM
@another, your logic is flawed. We all have to share the road and deal with traffic around various events. I have to wait in traffic around schools every weekday morning and afternoon. Traffic around churches can be horrendous on Sundays. A lot of people do not participate in local schools or churches. Should we ban those too?
Anthony February 10, 2014 at 12:12 PM
If people want to pay money to risk there well being let'm. They will all have to sign a stack of "release of liability forms" but let them go for it! It's not to far of a stretch to parallel this in the sense that; you are paying to risk your well being every time you put gas in your car and drive it!
Ken February 10, 2014 at 01:26 PM
This event is far too dangerous for the bulls to attend. They could fall and maybe even damage their horns. A much better event would be the running of the fools on the 15 freeway at rush hour. Probably be more entertaining if your into seeing people get hurt and thats no BULL!
Jeff Kleiner February 10, 2014 at 02:23 PM
SA you forgot to mention sock monkey's, watermelon signs and some tasty fried chicken along with a side of hate and prejudice.
SA February 10, 2014 at 02:51 PM
@Kleiner: I would hope that you would understand by calling people hurtful names and/or lumping people into stereotypes, you are the hateful bigot that vexes society… Maybe the running bulls can change your poor attitude.
Steve Newman February 10, 2014 at 02:52 PM
Kliener- I reviewed the posts and no where did SA say anything racist- you liberal have to protect everybody mindset is off. However what you said about fried chicken, watermelons and sock monkeys tied to prejudice is racist. Kind of like a non white women being uneducated-right?
Steve Newman February 10, 2014 at 03:11 PM
SA- careful- you might upset Kleiners new found ally, southernbelle.
Annie G. February 10, 2014 at 05:32 PM
so??????this still on or what?? what about the beer sales?? no beer no show, boring...... boring goring, thats what the show will be called.
Larry February 10, 2014 at 08:50 PM
I don't know why the county would have an issue, or a say in the matter. Private land is just that, Private. Next we'll be turning in "event" permits if we want to have a Barbeque and invite the neighbors. I can only imagine the rush of permit requests for superbowl sunday!
SESwan February 20, 2014 at 03:19 PM
we are becoming such an intolerant community... let the people run... with bulls even - if they want, which they apparently do! @anotherview, I don't see how this bull run will not impact the 79 corridor any more than the Tough Mudder event did a few months back, or more than the masses of RVs and Trailer going out to the glamis and ocotillo each weekend during "the season." Tough Mudder brought lots of folks and highly desirable revenue to the corridor as a matter of fact!!!

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