Date: Saturday, July 8th
Registration: 10 AM - 2 PM
Opening Ceremonies: 2 - 3 PM
Running of the Bulls: 3 PM
Awards & After Parties 4 PM - 10 PM
CAN YOU SURVIVE?
Dressed in traditional white with a red bandana and flag hanging on your back, you will follow a half mile procession behind a bull through downtown Hopkins while being cheered on by a massive crowd of spectators. The energy is high as you and the crowd begin to anticipate the spectacle to come. Once at the starting line the mayor delivers a proclamation in honor of the father of the raspberry industry in Hopkins and to signify the start of the Raspberry Festival. The mayor lights a rocket and the race starts with a thunderous boom that resonates through the entire town. You take off on a mad dash with the other runners. You can't fall behind the bull that's following crowd and you have to try and avoid getting the red flag taken from your back by one of the fast and relentless El Toros (Bull Runners dressed in red). If you make it to the finish line with your flag still hanging gloriously on your back, you have survived the Hopkins Running of the Bulls! An awards ceremony follows and then the San Fermin style party gets started complete with live music, beer, and food! You don't want to miss this event!
THE CAUSE - SOMETHING AWESOME!
Of course it's amazing to bask in the glory of completing the Hopkins Running of the Bulls, but you'll also be contributing to something awesome! Hopkins is the Raspberry Capital of the United States of America. Local businesses, Hopkins citizens, and community leaders have combined their efforts to create a monument of world record proportions. The goal is to erect a statue of the world’s largest raspberry on 8th Avenue North, just north of Mainstreet near the trailhead of the Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail. At ten feet wide and eleven feet tall, this monument constructed of mostly recycled and repurposed materials will honor Hopkins' rich history and serve as a landmark for visitors, residents, and outdoors enthusiasts. Thank you for your support!