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Conyers officials say Great Bull Run a success

CONYERS — While solid numbers of participants and spectators were not available Monday, Conyers officials are confident the Great American Bull Run held Saturday at the Georgia International Horse Park was a success.

“From what I saw and heard from people there, it was a resoundingly successful event,” said Conyers Chief Operating Officer David Spann.

“Everybody seemed to be having a blast and they were doing something they had never done before.”

Last week, Spann said approximately 2,300 had pre-registered to run with the bulls.

However, based on the numbers of people who signed up at the gate to participate and the overflow parking, Spann said he would not be surprised if the total number of people at the horse park on Saturday topped 6,000.

A couple of minor injuries were reported at the Great Bull Run. Spann said one person’s foot was stepped on by a bull and one couple fell while running, but they got back up and continued running.

In all, though, Spann said the Great Bull Run ran smoothly.

“These are some of most organized promoters we have ever dealt with,” he said. “It was a very well run event and it appeared everyone had a great time.”

The Bull Run was followed by the Tomato Royale, a tomato-throwing free-for-all that left hundreds of participants spattered with tomatoes. The cost to participate in the Bull Run was $75 on the day of the event; participation in the Tomato Royale was $45.

Rob Dickens, chief operating officer with The Great Bull Run LLC, has coordinated several large-scale events, including the Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race held at the horse park in August. The Great Bull Run is the first time he has organized an event involving animals.