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If running with the bulls is on your bucket list, you might not need a plane ticket to Spain to cross it off.

A running-of-the-bulls event could be coming to Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., according to a promotional group for the Great Bull Run series. The event is set to take place in 10 cities across the United States next year, and the Minnesota race track made the list for May 10, 2014.

While the event is reportedly in the works, Canterbury Park has not entered into an official contract to host the cultural and religious activity.

Event organizers said the bulls won't be as volatile as those seen in the prototypical Pamplona, Spain event, which has been drawn bull runners from across the globe for over a century.

"I wasn't smart enough to be scared," Jeff Maday, who participated in the run 25 years ago, told FOX 9 News. "I think you could feel the excitement certainly, and there were times I would stop and let the bulls go by to see what that's like."

As spokesman for Canterbury, Maday was direct about the fact that the run does bring some risk.

"This event, there will be some danger," he said simply. "That's the lure for a lot of people, but we want to make sure it's safe for the animals and for the people -- and I think the promoters are going to take those steps."

In total, 15 deaths have been reported since record keeping began in 1924.

"This things can turn on a dime. They'll be in your hip pocket the whole time and once they get on you, they won't get off you," PJ Somers told FOX 9 News. "There ain't nobody to blow the whistle and call a time-out."

Somers said bulls can run 15 miles per hour in a straight line, while the average person runs 12 to 15 miles an hour. Although Somers admits the Great Bull Run seems like fun on the surface to many people, he hopes they'll think twice about participating.

"It's a rush -- no doubt about it," he said. "There's going to be a heck of a rush to it, but that rush goes down the drain pretty quick when you are getting hauled off in the back of an ambulance."

The U.S. events will last just one day, while in Pamplona, bull runs are held every morning along narrow cobblestone streets during the weeklong festival.

"I think this has the chance to be an interesting event and something people would take part in -- but we will, as I said, make sure we vet this thing out and ensure it fits Canterbury," Maday said.

Animal rights advocates likely won't let the show go on without a hitch, however. In order for the bulls to run, they need to be frightened. In turn, a room full of packed, scared animals could be a recipe for disaster, and only time will tell whether Shakopee will deem its venue appropriate.

Runners use a quarter-mile area of the track that has coves and mountable fences in case they need to escape or seek refuge from the perturbed animals.

The U.S. events are set to kick off on Aug. 24 at a drag-racing strip near Richmond, Va. About 5,000 people have already signed up to participate, with the registrants growing by about 50 each day.

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