The Hopkins Running of the Bulls is a thrilling, challenging, fun and safe 1K dash down Mainstreet. Runners have to get to the finish line as quickly as possible, but have to avoid getting the red flags hanging on their backs taken by one of the fast and relentless official bull runners and roller derby bulls. Those who make it to the finish line with at least one flag intact have survived the Hopkins Running of the Bulls! An awards ceremony and after party follows! This event is the opening event of the Hopkins Raspberry Festival. All the proceeds from the event are used charitably in the Hopkins community.
Event Day Schedule:
- Registration and Kids Carnival/Games: Noon
- Vendor/Sponsor Booths: Noon
- Running of the Puppies: 2pm
- West Winds Orchestra: 2:30pm
- Introductions, Procession & Hopkins Running of the Bulls 3:30
- Awards Ceremony 4:30
- After Party 5:00: Bands, Food Trucks, Beer Garden
Free Live Music:
5 -6pm: The Low Road
6:30-7:30pm: Tugboat Rampage
8-9pm: MN Blues Brothers: Blues Brothers Tribute Band
First of all, because it's awesome!
The Hopkins Running of the Bulls commemorates the legendary day in Hopkins when the father of the raspberry industry in Hopkins, John Feltl, Jr., lost control of the bull that was pulling a cart of raspberries down Mainstreet. On this record harvest day, the raging bull ran down the street causing the citizens to scatter and run. It turns out the bull was just scared and went straight back to the farm. It created a lot of excitement that day, but nobody was harmed.
Runners can stop into Hopkins Health & Wellness Center and get an additional flag for the race! No purchase necessary. Also, Hopkins Health & Wellness Center donates initial exams and necessary x-rays in exchange for a donation to the Hopkins Raspberry Festival!
(952) 933-5085 CA@Hopkinswellness.com
15 8th Avenue North, Hopkins, MN 5543
Runners can stop into LTD Brewing Co. and get an additional flag for the race when they purchase any beer on a Monday and show their registration confirmation!
Runners can stop into Mainstreet Bar & Grill and get an additional flag for the race in exchange for any food or beverage purchase.
A special thanks to WCCO for sponsoring the Hopkins Running of the Bulls!
A special thanks to the Wild Board for sponsoring the Hopkins Running of the Bulls at the Raspberry Farmer Level! Check out more information below on specials for the Raspberry Festival!
Want to get Extra Flags? Visit our Flag Sponsor page to find out how you can gain a competitive edge against the Roller Bulls!
Sponsor & builder of dead man’s curve along with a Raspberry Level Sponsor. Contact Rutledge Construction with any building needs!
A special thanks to KQRS for sponsoring the Hopkins Running of the Bulls at the Raspberry Farmer Level! Tom Barnard will be a bull runner! See if you can stay out of his way!
A special thanks to My Talk Radio for sponsoring the Hopkins Running of the Bulls at the Raspberry Farmer Level!
A special thanks to Floyd Total Security for sponsoring the Live music at the Hopkins Running of the Bulls!