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No Bull (Run): Event canceled quietly
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While last year's event had a huge turnout, The Great Bull Run will no longer be held in Conyers.

The Great Bull Run was held at the Georgia International Horse Park October 19, 2013. An estimated 6,000 people attended for a chance to run from the 24 bulls, a tradition most associated with Spain.

It had been scheduled to take place past Saturday, Oct. 18, but The Great Bull Run Chief Operating Officer Rob Dickens decided to contract the number of bull running events he schedules throughout the year.

"After holding eight events nationwide in our first year and listening to the feedback from our participants, we decided that the running of the bulls is an event that should be held only sparingly so as to keep the mystique of the event alive," said Dickens in an e-mail. "To that end, we scaled back our operations to only three events each year."

The three cities that will continue to host running of the bull events are Allentown, Pa., Chicago, Ill. and San Francisco, Ca.

"Those three event locations were some of our biggest this year, which bodes well for the future growth of the event in those areas," said Dickens.

He adds that those three cities will give The Great Bull Run a presence in major geographical areas of the country, that being the east coast, mid-west and west-coast. But, growth in those particular cities doesn't mean that the event will expand beyond those city limits.

"We do not have any plans to expand beyond the three events," he said.

The event had been cancelled months ago, says Jennifer Edwards, public information officer for the City of Conyers. Dickens confirmed that the event was officially canceled in May.

The cost to produce an event like one of this magnitude may have played a role in the decision to cut the number of runs per year.

"Cost is always a factor in business, but the driving force in this decision was ensuring that this event doesn't become so commonplace as to make it lose its unique essence," said Dickens.