The USATF-Certified 5K/10K event takes competitors through two
historic cemeteries in celebration of the Mexican holiday of
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) that honors deceased
relatives and loved ones.
“The SDBA staff and volunteers are thrilled to once again host our
annual ‘Día de los Muertos’ event, which promotes health living
and offers participants a memorable, interactive way to
celebrate this popular Mexican holiday,” said SDBA President
Robert Dewaelsche. “We invite the community to come out and
join us for this one-of-a-kind event and take part in a
Registration for the 2018 “Run of the Dead” begins at 7
a.m. with the race starting at
9 a.m. and promptly ending by noon. In commemoration of the
annual Día de los Muertos holiday, an ofrenda (altar)
will be created by a local artist and on display for
participants, and a special memorial tribute and blessing will
be held before the race begins. The event features awards for
top male and female 5K and 10K finishers by age categories, swag
bags with local treats as well as a variety of entertainment
throughout the day.
Entertainment will include DJ music, live performances by
students of the Center of Music & Performing Arts-Southwest (COMPÁS)
and a Zumba warmup with event participants to kick-off
the race. A mariachi band also will perform leading up to
the award ceremony.
Participants are invited to wear traditional Día de los Muertos
face-paint, flowers and attire. Halloween and non-traditional
costumes are not encouraged. Pre-registration for the 5K
run/walk is $35, the 10K is $40. Day-of race registration will
cost $45 for the 5K and $50 for the 10K.
To register for the Run of the Dead, visit
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