Running with the Derby girls in Grand Junction |

Running with the Derby girls in Grand Junction


WHAT: Colorado Discover Ability’s Running of the Bulls

WHERE: Downtown Grand Junction

WHEN: July 11; registration is at 6 p.m.


Just as folks run with the bulls every year in Spain, Colorado Discover Ability (CDA) — a local adaptive sports nonprofit — will host its own version of the event as an inaugural fundraiser with roller-derby girls dressed as bulls in black and chasing sprinting participants.

According to a CDA news release, “Runners who don’t escape the ‘bulls’ likely will get ‘gored’ by a touch with a plastic bat.”

The Grand Junction Roller Derby Girls are also “looking for ways to attach horns to their helmets so they look more like bulls,” CDA Spokeswoman Ellen Miller said.

CDA’s Running of the Bulls is set for Thursday, July 11, during Grand Junction’s weekly farmers’ market. Registration costs $20 per person. Those who pre-register will receive a white T-shirt and everyone will get a bandana.

Miller added that all runners are required to wear white, just as those who run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

“The run will happen on Fifth Street from Grand Avenue south to Main Street,” a CDA news release said. ”A wheeled division with some of our participants in our VA bike program, as well as other Colorado Discover Ability volunteers and participants, also will make the mad dash away from the ‘bulls.’”

Registration begins at 6 p.m. at Fifth and Grand, with the wheeled division starting at 6:50 p.m. and general public runners at 7.

Miller also said the CDA has worked closely with the Downtown Partnership to set a “running with the bulls” route that won’t be disruptive for those shopping at the farmers’ market on Main Street.

All funds raised will go toward CDA programming, both summer and winter.

Colorado Discover Ability designs and provides adaptive outdoor recreation for people with disabilities including adaptive bicycling, rafting, camping, skiing, snowboarding and other activities.

For more information about CDA and the event, visit

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