Register for the 2020 Día de los Muertos - Run of the Dead

This year’s Run of the Dead is a week-long virtual run beginning on Saturday, October 31, 2020 through Saturday, November 7, 2020.  The ROTD celebrates the Mexican holiday of “Dia de Los Muertos” and the Christian observance of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Every registrant will receive a ROTD swag bag with a commemorative ROTD t-shirt, bib and ROTD medal.

This annual event supports the SDBA Center of Music & Performing Arts-Southwest (COMPÁS) to encompass the flourishing arts culture of Southwest Detroit. Providing year-round, youth-focused and culturally relevant arts, recreation, and educational opportunities at its professional quality studio, COMPÁS serves up to 200 youth annually. COMPÁS is the only music and arts program serving the growing Spanish-speaking immigrant population in Detroit. Its curriculum includes Traditional Polynesian Dancing, Flamenco, Mexican Folkloric dance, Traditional Middle Eastern Belly Dance, Ballet, Music Ensemble, Visual Arts, Acoustic and Electric instruments, Percussion (both Modern and Afro-Cuban), Hip-hop, and Vocal Training. 

Share Your Success
When you complete your running/walking event, put that hard-earned medal around your neck and take a selfie. Upload your photo to the results page and share your accomplishments on social media using the hashtag #RunoftheDead and #RunSWDetroit.

Race Registration
All registrants will receive a free ROTD T-shirt, bib, medal, downloadable finisher's certificate and ability to upload results and selfies.

After You Register
Let your friends and family know you are doing the #RunoftheDead! Download the infographic, take a picture with it and share your photo on social media with the hashtag #ROTD2020

Participant Bags- Pick-up or Delivery Options
Participants are invited to pick up their bags that include the commemorative t-shirt, bib, and medal directly at the SDBA offices in Southwest Detroit.  Full Covid-19 safety standards will be in place.

Southwest Detroit Business Association
7752 W. Vernor Hwy.
Detroit, MI 48209

Representatives will be available from 10am - 2pm each day from October 29th through November 7th, with the exception of Sunday, November 1st. Pick-up is not available on Sunday. If you need to pick-up your bag later than 2pm M-F, we are glad to work with you to plan alternate timing as needed.

If you wish to have your participant bag delivered, please select this option at time of registration. Please note, we cannot guarantee that bags will arrive prior to November 7th and a $4 processing fee applies.

If you originally chose to have your bag delivered but now wish to pick-up your bag, please send an email to to make arrangements for the option change.

Dress/Makeup Code:
El Dia de los Muertos is a sacred holiday to many Mexicans and Central Americans. Only traditional dress as catrinas or skeletons is acceptable at the Run 2020. To learn more, click here.

Only traditional face designs are allowed to show respect for the community and this religious holiday.

Online registration for this event is currently closed