Braving the Bulls
James Patrick White was sitting over a beer in a bar in Hoboken, N.J., with two high school buddies when they got the idea. They would take off for Spain and run with the bulls at Pamplona.
The night before the run they drank a lot of beer and were so worried they would oversleep and miss the bulls that they slept on the street in their clothes. Somehow, they survived the stampede. "It was very scary," said Tom Kane, one of the friends. "We kind of leaned on each other to get the courage to do it."
Mr. White, 34, a Cantor Fitzgerald bond broker, was the oldest of five children, three of them boys. He played varsity tennis in high school in Hightstown, N.J., skiied, rode mountain bikes and ran the New York City Marathon three times, twice with his brother Mike. It took him 4 hours, 40 minutes the first time. Then four hours. "The third time we were lazy," said Mike, who had run one year with their brother Greg. "Our time wasn't so good. But we finished."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 25, 2001.