GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO) Doctor Josh Pearson has had many adventures around the world. He's climbed Mounts Kilamanjaro, Blanc, Igor, and the Materhorn. He's gone to Mexico to climb, gone skydiving, and watched the Tour De France in person.
His latest adventure is he ran with with the bulls in Pamplona Spain!
Doctor Pearson knew the odds of survival were pretty good, the odds of getting injured even better; but the odds of having a once-in-a-lifetime experience, 100%.
Doctor Pearson is a highly respected obstetrician with Women's Healthcare of Western Colorado. His office is full of diplomas, and books with complicated medical terminology that are difficult to pronounce. After more than two decades of school, long days, and stress that comes with the job, he needs an escape. "Every year we try and find something that will be kind of epic, and a once in a lifetime kind of thing," says Pearson.
Doctor Pearson and his best friend, an emergency room doctor in California, wanted to go big this year. "So we started throwing a couple of ideas around back in February, and this is what stuck."
Although Doctor Pearson hoped bulls horns wouldn't be the next thing that stuck him. "Of course, you're a little scared. During the actual run it goes so fast, there's not a lot of time to be worried about it."
The running of the bulls happens every day during the 7-day San Fermin Festival. Doctor Pearson ran it twice. "We were able to run right with the bulls. I touched a couple of them. We were running alongside them." At one point, Doctor Pearson's friend, also a doctor, nearly became a patient. "One of those got him in the leg pretty good, it didn't gore him; but it took his leg out from underneath him, and stepped on him, and just bruised him up some. Those were our only injuries for the week," says Pearson.
Doctor Pearson says the most dangerous part of the run isn't the bulls. "There are a lot of people there who are scared, and a lot of people that are drunk, and pushing and shoving and falling down; and I think the crowd is the bigger danger than anything there."
Pictures of the aftermath of the festival show parks littered with a sea of white and red, people who have passed out from partying. Doctor Pearson is not amongst those who partied a little too hard in the pictures. "The best part about it was just time with friends, it's a big party, the festival is, it's a good time. It's just a nice time to get out and celebrate with people."
And for Doctor Pearson, who sees many lives begin, the most important thing in life, is living it. "It was what I had in my mind what the run was supposed to be, and I was really happy with that."
Spanish tradition says the true origin began in northeastern Spain during the 14th century.
The seven day festival is held from July 6th-14th every year. By the way, Doctor Pearson goes on a new adventure every other year.