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That’s No Bull

Providence Roller Derby is running you down for a good cause

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Imagine hundreds of people lined up wearing white shirts and sneakers, waiting for the pop of the start gun to go off. Then the dash, when they take off down the road at a sprint – or a walk – as the gates are opened behind them, allowing dozens of “bulls” to race out after them. Except these bulls are women, wearing
skates and helmets.

Since 2013, Providence Roller Derby has partnered with Amos House in their own version of the historic Running of the Bulls – Get Gored For Good – with proceeds going directly to support Amos House’s mission to help men, women, and children in Rhode Island who are hungry, homeless, and in crisis.

This year’s race happens on April 29, when runners and walkers can choose between the family-friendly 1.5-mile obstacle route and the more challenging 5k route, all while “roller bulls” skate along the course behind them wielding paint brushes dipped in red and adorned with bull horn helmets, “goring” down runners and encouraging them along the routes. It’s a friendlier, safer way to enjoy the Running of the Bulls and there’s a party afterwards to celebrate at Burnside Park.