Three American runners injured in the first Encierro of the Sanfermines
None by bull horn
The first Encierro of the Sanfermines 2023 resulted in six injured runners, three of them from the United States. A 27-year-old man of American origin, whose initials are M.M.O., suffered a fractured kneecap when he fell at the end of Estafeta street, the longest and straightest of those that make up the Encierro route. As reported to USPA News by health sources, the young American required surgery. Another American, this one 41 years old and initials V.M.O., suffered an open wrist fracture. And a third American, from the American military base in Kaiserlautern (Germany), suffered a trauma with a reserved prognosis.
Three other Spanish runners were injured, all of them with bruises. The Encierro, with bulls from the La Palmosilla ranch, was clean, with no injuries from any of the horns. This first Encierro had a massive participation of runners and an unprecedented deployment of Police and health services. 2,500 agents from the National Police, the Local Police and the Provincial Police ensure the safety of the festivities. There was a lot of desire for Sanfermines and the people of Pamplona, but also the many visitors who fill the city these days, respond en masse to the events scheduled on the patron saint's day.
But the Sanfermines are also an occasion to eat and drink. The bars in the center of Pamplona fill up with locals and visitors, despite the high prices with which the Pamplona hospitality sector hopes to recover part of the profits lost during the last pandemic and the slow economic recovery. The prices increase exaggeratedly in the bars located in the streets of the Encierro. And the streets reflect this fondness for food and drink: the rubbish piles up in the streets in the hours before the Encierro, without the cleaning services being able to avoid it.