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Photos From Pamplona Capture The Danger And Drama Of The Annual Running Of The Bulls

In the first days of Spain's San Fermin festival, not everyone's prayers to the saint were answered.

During Tuesday's running of the bulls, the festival's most famous attraction, three people were gored and eight others were injured.

Two Americans, ages 27 and 38, and one Briton, also 38, were gored but not considered to be in serious condition, festival officials said. The other runners injured in the televised event -- which lasts just two minutes -- mostly sustained bruises from falling, according to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

Tuesday morning’s run was the first of the weeklong San Fermin festival held annually in the northern city of Pamplona. During each run, six "Jandillas" -- Spanish fighting bulls bred in the western community of Extremadura -- are released on the narrow streets of Pamplona's old city.

The festival was brought to the wider attention of Americans after it featured prominently in Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, and now attracts more than a million people from around the world.

A total of 15 people have died from gorings since records began to be kept for the festival in 1924.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • Revelers are chased by Jandilla's ranch fighting bull on the entrance to the bullring during the running of the bulls of the
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    Revelers are chased by Jandilla's ranch fighting bull on the entrance to the bullring during the running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, on July 7, 2015.
  • Revelers attempt to avoid a fighting calf inside Pamplona bullring during the second day of the San Fermin running of the bul
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    Revelers attempt to avoid a fighting calf inside Pamplona bullring during the second day of the San Fermin running of the bulls on July 7, 2015, in Pamplona, Spain.
  • A bull runs into a participant at the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, on July 7, 2015.
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    A bull runs into a participant at the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, on July 7, 2015.
  • Participants of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, surround a bull on July 7, 2015.
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    Participants of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, surround a bull on July 7, 2015.
  • A reveler and a fighting calf inside Pamplona bullring on July 7, 2015, in Pamplona, Spain.
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    A reveler and a fighting calf inside Pamplona bullring on July 7, 2015, in Pamplona, Spain.
  • A reveler and a fighting calf inside Pamplona bullring on July 7, 2015, in Pamplona, Spain.
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    A reveler and a fighting calf inside Pamplona bullring on July 7, 2015, in Pamplona, Spain.
  • Revelers run with Jandilla's fighting bulls along the Calle Estafeta during the second day of the San Fermin festival on July
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    Revelers run with Jandilla's fighting bulls along the Calle Estafeta during the second day of the San Fermin festival on July 7, 2015, in Pamplona, Spain.
  • A Jandilla bull charges at a participant during the first "encierro" (bull-run) of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain
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    A Jandilla bull charges at a participant during the first "encierro" (bull-run) of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, on July 7, 2015.
  • A Jandilla bull charges at a participant during the first "encierro" (bull-run) of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain
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    A Jandilla bull charges at a participant during the first "encierro" (bull-run) of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, on July 7, 2015.
  • Revelers run with Jandilla's fighting bulls during the second day of the San Fermin festival on July 7, 2015, in Pamplona, Sp
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    Revelers run with Jandilla's fighting bulls during the second day of the San Fermin festival on July 7, 2015, in Pamplona, Spain.
  • Revellers run with Jandilla's fighting bulls during the second day of the San Fermin  festival on July 7, 2015, in Pamplona,
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    Revellers run with Jandilla's fighting bulls during the second day of the San Fermin festival on July 7, 2015, in Pamplona, Spain.
  • In this slow shutter speed picture, revelers run with a Jandilla's ranch fighting bull during the running of the bulls of the
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    In this slow shutter speed picture, revelers run with a Jandilla's ranch fighting bull during the running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, on July 7, 2015.
  • Revelers enjoy the atmosphere during the opening day or "Chupinazo" of the San Fermin fiesta on July 6, 2015, in Pamplona, Sp
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    Revelers enjoy the atmosphere during the opening day or "Chupinazo" of the San Fermin fiesta on July 6, 2015, in Pamplona, Spain.
  • People and children are chased by the "Toro de Fuego" (flaming bull) as it runs through the streets during the opening day of
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    People and children are chased by the "Toro de Fuego" (flaming bull) as it runs through the streets during the opening day of the San Fermin fiesta on July 6, 2015, in Pamplona, Spain.
  • Revelers run with Jandilla's fighting bulls along the Calle Estafeta during the second day of the San Fermin festival on July
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    Revelers run with Jandilla's fighting bulls along the Calle Estafeta during the second day of the San Fermin festival on July 7, 2015, in Pamplona, Spain.
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