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Earliest reference I can find is 1878 on Wikipedia. This article, Deathwish as lifestyle: why people run with the bulls | Miguel-Anxo Murado, says it’s a “a relatively recent creation”. So do we have a historical basis for when it began?

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    Spanish article mentions records from as far as 1215. Do you maybe mean just in Pamplona?
    – fedorqui
    Commented Jan 7, 2017 at 15:57
  • Earliest instance anywhere in Spain. I guess that's the answer. Commented Jan 7, 2017 at 23:15

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The first recorded instance of the Running of the Bulls seems to date back to 1215, but I can't speak Spanish so if anyone wants to amend this answer, please do.

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