This bull run has nothing to do with stocks.
Rather, it's the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, made famous by Ernest Hemingway in his 1926 classic "The Sun Also Rises."
And this year, for the second time in three years, Wilshire Associates Inc.'s Mark Andrews, a vice president in the firm's New York office, participated.
"I like excitement," he said, in obvious understatement. He explained that every morning during the San Fermin Festival, six bulls and six longhorn steer run about a half-mile course through the streets of Pamplona to the town's bullring, where a bullfight will take place in the evening.
"They open the (bullpen) doors and shoot off a big firework — the first one means the doors are open, the second firework means the bulls are all in the street and you're on your own," Mr. Andrews said.
Many people taking part in the running make what's called a suicide run — running toward the bulls — after the first firework sounds.
"It sounds worse than it is," Mr. Andrews said, explaining that by running toward the bulls, runners get a better idea of which side of the 15-foot wide street the bulls are on and, if they can run far enough, they reach an area with a fence they can scurry up to get out of the way of an oncoming bull. That's what he did.
"I like to see the bulls," he said. As he ran toward them, he was on the right side of the road while the bulls were coming down the left. Then the real excitement started.
"One of the bulls peeled away from the pack along the right side of the sidewalk. I grabbed the fence and pulled myself up about six feet," he recounted. "As I looked down, all I saw was the bull passing right under my feet."
Mr. Andrews said his experiences in Pamplona have helped him at Wilshire, where his works includes client service, product development, design and testing, and assisting with sales.
"It helps in making decisions under pressure and being able to manage deadlines," he said. "Staying calm before the storm."