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What It Is

  • A Wacky Tradition: Michael McDonnell and his friends started Dewey Beach’s unique take on Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls 25 years ago. What began as a spontaneous, costumed run down the beach has evolved into a beloved annual event.
  • Reflecting on History: McDonnell, now turning 52, marvels at the event’s longevity. “It’s crazy to me… because the math caught up to me the other day, and it’s been so many years,” he says.
  • Key Milestones:

    • Starboard Involvement: The event gained significant traction when Steve “Monty” Montgomery took over the Starboard, turning it from a small beach house tradition into a major event.
    • Washington Post Coverage: The 10th Anniversary featured a story in the Washington Post’s Style Section, boosting its popularity even further.

Growing into a Phenomenon

  • Flyovers and Charity: The Running of the Bull now includes flyovers and has raised substantial amounts for charity.
  • Multigenerational Appeal: “We now have kids who were two years old when their parents were forming the culture around the Running of the Bull, who are in attendance at the event. That always blows my mind!” McDonnell notes.

Memorable Moments

  • Celebrity Matadors: Over the years, celebrities, brew masters, and politicians have taken on the role of matadors.
  • Legendary Stunts: The event has seen everything from the legend of the lost girl to multiple radio personalities commentating and a slew of Elvis impersonators.

What’s Next?

  • Surprises Await: For the 25th Anniversary, expect the unexpected. McDonnell and Montgomery are known for pulling out all the stops to keep the crowds entertained.

Event Details

  • Date: June 29, 2024
  • Location: The Starboard, Dewey Beach, DE

Join the Fun!

Don’t miss out on this iconic local event. Come and be part of the fun, laughter, and surprises at the Dewey Beach Running of the Bull!

Information sourced from: Dewey Bull Run’s official page