TODAY | August 25, 2013
>>> quite the scene in virginia on saturday. thousands of people from across the country turning out for what they said was the thrill of a lifetime , getting chased by a pack of charging bulls. hmm. the our own daredevil kerry sanders was there for it all.
>> reporter: the running of the bulls , american style . on a quarter mile dirt track in virginia, 4,000 people paid $75 for the adrenaline rush of risking it all. what would your mom think?
>> oh, she didn't want me to come.
>> reporter: the cowboys who wrangled these bulls say they're surprised some of those who chose to run.
>> some people in here looked like they couldn't run to a buffet but they're in here running with the bulls .
>> reporter: unlike the spanish version , the bucking bulls from the rodeo circuit do not have their horns sharpened. they are not jolted with electricity to make them run, and they're not killed in a bullfight afterwards. still, protesters say it's abuse.
>> we are becoming more conscious of animal welfare and animal suffering at an event like this. it takes a step backwards.
>> reporter: some runners strapped cameras to their heads like best friends luke and evan.
>> it was a lot of fun. the bulls are going it to keep coming. you have to worry about everyone else crossing in front of you, jumping for the fence. are.
>> reporter: all fun until it's not. several people thought they could outrun the animals. but bulls run 35 miles per hour, as fast as a gold medal olympic sprinter. two people were taken to the hospital. you knew some people would get injured?
>> of course. it's a dangerous event and we said that up front.
>> reporter: an event scheduled to take place in nine more cities around the country. and just like in spain after the running with the bulls there's a tomato fight. look at you.
>> i know. i got hit in the mouth, hit this the head.
>> reporter: a spanish tradition no longer