Register for the Run of the Dead 5K/10K

The 2019 “Run of the Dead” - a Día de los Muertos Celebration that takes competitors through two historic cemeteries in Southwest Detroit

 The Southwest Detroit Business Association presents the 2019 “Run of the Dead” 5K/10K run/walk from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 at the George S. Patton Park Recreation Center, 2301 Woodmere in Southwest Detroit.  The USATF-Certified event, which takes competitors through two historic cemeteries, celebrates the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) that honors deceased relatives and loved ones. The “Run of the Dead” features awards for top male and female 5K and 10K finishers and by age categories, swag bags with local treats as well as a variety of live entertainment during the event. In commemoration of the annual Día de los Muertos holiday, an ofrenda (altar) will be created by a local artist and on display, and a special memorial tribute and blessing will be held before the race begins. Participants are invited to wear traditional Dia de los Muertos face-paint, flowers and attire. Halloween and non-traditional costumes are discouraged. Early Bird registration for the 5K run/ walk is $35, the 10K is $40. Day-of race registration will cost $55 5K and $60 10K. For more information visit

 Proceeds from this years event will be dedicated to the Center of Music Performing Arts COMPÁS

Early Bird Registration:       August 1 - September 30            5K/10K       $35/$40

Regular Registration:          October 1 - November 1             5K/10K       $45/$50

Onsite Registration:            November 2                                5K/10K       $55/ $60

**Special Youth Pricing**

Youth (8-18 yrs old)  August 1 - November 1 pricing for 5K/10K   $15
Youth (8-18 yrs old)  November 2 - pricing for 5K/10K  $20

12 years and under must be accompanied on course by adult

*Check back for dates and times on early packet pick-up opportunities!

SDBA and Southwest Detroit’s businesses and residents look forward to you joining us again!


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 2019.   To learn more, click here

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




Southwest Detroit Business Association

Run of the Dead 2018


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