One organization that is not on vacation is the Cruz Roja. Its workers have treated or transported 80 informal bull fighters from the ring at Zapote and 93 from the ring at the Centro de Eventos Pedregal.
The Cruz Roja keeps a running list, and injuries to those who get into the ring with bulls are more numerous than those elsewhere at the fiestas with medical problems. The agency said 84 persons were treated at both locations for medical conditions.
Meanwhile, the uniquely Tico bull fights are dominating the television screens at 2:30 p.m. and at 8 p.m.
The bulls seem to be more intelligent this year. In years past, participants who were run down would lie without motion on the ground, and bulls generally overlooked them. Not so this year. The bulls seem not to be satisfied until they can propel a prone antagonist into the air.
Consequently many of the injuries are to the ribs and stomach where the bull places a horn. Then there is the trauma of landing after being hurled 25 feet by a mature bull.
The bull baiting continues through Sunday.