The Running of the Bulls
Once a year, just after Christmas, the small
North Queensland mining town of Weipa goes a little crazy. It's
the "silly season", and the monsoon is breaking. The
weather is fiendishly hot, and the people are just a little...
Cue the "Running of the Bulls", Weipa's annual nude
run for charity. What started off in the early nineties as a
couple of drunk blokes skylarking has now turned into a regular,
much-anticipated event. On a Saturday night, the men of Weipa
down a few beers, strip off, and run naked around the streets
of Weipa, collecting money for various charities on the way.
In 1998 there were 196 runners and they collected over $1300
for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a service for the sick
in remote areas. At the time the men claimed they had the world
record for most naked men to do a phone interview from a phone
In 1999, the women wanted to get into the act - perhaps against
the men's wishes. And then some started using body paint to
brighten things up a bit. The Australian Quarantine service
said they'd offer a prize to the best painted man and woman,
as well as donating money.
There was also a rumour that Madonna, who was holidaying in
North Queensland, would be there to see the run, but she did
not make an appearance.
The Running of the Bulls remains a Weipa tradition today.
of the Bulls - ABC radio interview
over Queensland: Runners bare all for fundraiser - CNN
Girls Get Crazy