The Running of the Bulls

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 18th Jun 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1g4km1yg/
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I am 68-years-old and I am running with the bulls this year. I think that my beloved significant other is out to collect on my life insurance because she was the one that entered me in The Running of the Bulls. No, not the one in Pamploma, Spain, the one in Denver, Colorado. The Highland Running of the Bulls and the “Bulls” are the girls of the Rocky Mountain RollerGirls team. Instead of trying to gore us with horns they will be trying to beat us to death with Whiffle Ball Bats and Pool Noodles.

The Second Annual Running of the Highland Bulls.

Cathy has me in training for the second annual Running of the Highland Bulls. My five-mile daily walk has turned into a five-mile daily run. I cannot cheat either because she follows me on her bicycle. By the time of the actual Running of the Bulls, I should be more than ready because the actual run is for only one kilometer which is less than a mile—0 621371 miles to be exact. Oh, well, it is for a good cause, all the proceeds this year will go to the Tennyson Center for Children.

They take Running With the Bulls very serious.

I put up my $25 entry fee online and signed the release form relieving the race sponsors from all liability if I should trip and break my neck, have a heart attack from the exertion and heat, or if one of the Bulls should roll over me. Cathy took it upon herself to go shopping and buy me the required whites—shorts and shirt—and red accessories. She decided upon a red belt and red sash. She wanted to buy me new, red running shoes too, but I drew the line there—i had just bought a new pair of running shoes that cost me $185 so there was no need to buy another pair. I told her she could switch my black laces for red laces if she insisted but no new shoes. The truth is that Cathy would love to run with the Bulls herself, but that would not be wise with her spinal problems. Actually, the red and white racing colors are based on what they wear at Pamploma, Spain.

Training and Waiting for race say.

Race day is July 7th with the race kicking off at 9 AM sharp at 32nd Avenue and Tennyson and ending at 32nd Avenue and Lowell Boulevard. The rules are quite simple and easy to follow:


  • Race at your own Risk
  • Don't even think about touching the bulls
  • If you find yourself on the ground, stay on the ground
  • Keep moving at all times


Well rule number two may take some effort to obey because some of those “Bulls” are mighty fetching. OK, I will confess to being a dirty old man, but Cathy tells me that I am her dirty old man:-))

Post Race Festivities.

For those of us who make it across the finish line without getting “trampled” under the “Hooves” of the “Bulls” there will be music, food, drinks, dancing, and general celebration.

Come on and join me in Running With the Highland Bulls.

It is not too late to sign up on line and you have a couple of weeks to get yourself in fighting shape. Come on guys and gals, I need some competition. Win or lose, it does not matter, what matter is that all the money is going to help the needy children of Denver.

All photos courtesy of the Denver Post.

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Bulls, Charitable Foundation, Charitable Giving, Charities, Charity, Denver, Running, Running Of The Bulls

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Jerry Walch is a 70 year old freelance writer for hire living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been writing since the late 1970s, and writes for both the print and online media. He specializes in

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
18th Jun 2012 (#)

Good luck in the race Jerry. I hope you're not a sitting duck wearing all that red. I'll pray for you.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
18th Jun 2012 (#)

Thanks steve. Sitting duck...I like that :-))

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author avatar Buzz
18th Jun 2012 (#)

Good luck, Jerry. I don't get to be here more often than I used to. Take care.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
18th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you, Buzz. I really don't care if I win or lose, I'm doing it to help the children.

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author avatar Denise O
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Love the idea for charity! Good luck, you gave me my good laugh for the day today, I would love to see y'all doing it. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Thanks for reading and commenting, my friend. I'm glad I made you laugh.

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author avatar Val Mills
19th Jun 2012 (#)

What a wonderful event Jerry, sounds like lots of fun! And of course you'll write up the post-mortem after, won't you!!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
19th Jun 2012 (#)

You can count on it, Val. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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author avatar shaheda
19th Jun 2012 (#)

All the best for the race.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Thanks, Shaheda

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Hello Jerry what an inspiration you are to me. I shall look out for some wheelchair event and enter it. The only life we have, is that tiny portion between breaths.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
19th Jun 2012 (#)

I didn't realize that you were in a wheelchair, Tranquilpen. I'm sure they have some "Special Olympic" events in you area.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
20th Jun 2012 (#)

"take wing" Jerry-a great cause...well done!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
20th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you Delicia.

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author avatar LOVERME
23rd Jun 2012 (#)

when you come first
Jerry ...
just smile back at me
I will be there in the crowds looking out for you
and
as you cross the finish line first
I shall clap for you,
you will be able to recognize me
for I will be wearing
a hat blue.
loverme

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author avatar Jerry Walch
25th Jun 2012 (#)

I bet you will! Better wear something cool because we are in the midst of a heat wave.

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author avatar LOVERME
28th Jun 2012 (#)

did u see me ??

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
25th Jun 2012 (#)

Sounds like a great fundraiser and better than running with the other kind of bulls. Good for you! Don't even think of trying to touch one of the bulls - too funny.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
25th Jun 2012 (#)

Thanks Mark! I just hope that it cools down a little bit for the event. We are in the midst of our first real heat wave this year here in Southern Colorado, The temperatures have been hanging right around 96 and 97 degrees for going on two weeks now. Those temperatures are making the lives of the "Smoke Eaters' fighting the fires just Northwest of me even more miserable. They were calling for volunteer pilots and I was going to volunteer until my 25-year old significant other told me she would shoot me with one of my own guns if I went anywhere near those fires. She didn't stop me from going to one of the shelters that were taking in the cats and dogs left homeless by the fire and bringing ten dogs and fifteen cats home with us. I think I started something because all my neighbors have their yards filled with dogs. It's only temporary until their owners can return to their homes that escaped the fire or find new homes to move into.

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author avatar LOVERME
28th Jun 2012 (#)

those temperatures are near boiling point
wow how do u survive

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author avatar John Mario
27th Jun 2012 (#)

Good luck, Jerry!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
27th Jun 2012 (#)

Thanks, John. Win or lose, it doesn't really matter to me. What matters to me is that all the money from the entry fees and products sold during the meet goes to help the needy children.

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author avatar LOVERME
28th Jun 2012 (#)

great
i am not late
twill be there dressed
COOL

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