It’s a thrilling event for daredevils across the world that want to take part in Pamplona’s famous event – the running of the bulls.

But, at times it comes with consequences.

Officials said an American and two Britons were gored this past weekend during the famed event while they were darting through the streets of Spain.

The three were gored by an animal that broke free from the pack just before entering the city's bullring, a Navarre regional government statement said. It occurred as thousands ran from six fighting bulls during the annual San Fermin festival, which kicked off last Friday.

The bull charged the runners as they huddled on the ground beside a wooden fence, trying to protect themselves from the beast. After several moments of tension, the animal was lured away by stick-wielding cowherds. None of the three was seriously injured.

The morning runs are the highlight of the annual San Fermin festival, which became world famous with the publication of Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises."

The regional government said one Briton, aged 20, was gored in the right leg while the other, aged 29, was gored in the left leg. The American, 38, from Philadelphia, was gored in the right calf muscle.

The three, identified only by their initials, were taken to the city's Navarra Hospital. The American was later released.

Four other people were treated for cuts and bruises sustained in the adrenaline-fueled dash along the 849-meter (928-yard) course Monday. The run lasted just over three minutes.

The bulls from the Cebado Gago breeding ranch were herded from a holding pen in the city center to the bullring, where they are normally killed by matadors in afternoon bullfights.

Fifteen people have been killed by bulls in the runs since record began to be kept in 1924.

The runs take place daily until July 14 and are broadcast on state television.

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