Run of the Dead 5K/10K 2015

5K, 10K

Event Date

Sat, Nov 7, 2015


Detroit, MI


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Run of the Dead 2015- 5K - 5K Participant

$25 $25 Closed

Run of the Dead 2015- 10K - 10K Participant

$30 $30 Closed

About This Activity

Walk, jog, skip, and sprint your way through Southwest Detroit while enjoying live performances and Day of the Dead celebrations. This unique run includes a loop through historic Woodmere and Holy Cross Cemeteries! Sponsored by Hart Medical EMS and Woodmere Cemetery Association.

Event details and schedule

Early packet pick-up is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Southwest Detroit Business Association located at 7752 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit.
Day-of registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Patton Park Recreation Center located at 2300 Woodmere St. in Detroit. The cost is $30 (5K) and $35 (10K) with limited availability for event T-shirts.

RUN OF THE DEAD – A Race Though Southwest Detroit

The SDBA’s Run of the Dead is a 5K/10K USTAF-certified run allows runners to remember those who have passed as the course takes them through the historic Holy Cross and Woodmere cemeteries.  The event is part of other Dia de los Muertes (Day of the Dead) activities found throughout Southwest Detroit.  El Dia De Los Muertes is a Mexican holiday that honors and remembers those who have died.

Community Benefits

The Run of the Dead promotes healthy living by offering a fun, active way to celebrate El Dia de los Muertes.  The SDBA encourages friends and families train for this event together.  As a formal, timed race participants are encouraged to train to win their age cohort, set records, and beat previous personal records.  The SDBA is working to organize Detroit high school track teams to run and identify sponsors for the teams.

Race participants are encouraged to enjoy a day in Southwest Detroit and are provided a map of cultural sites and food establishments to visit in the commercial district.  The Run of the Dead attracts former Southwest Detroit residents and a new audience to experience the food, goods, services and entertainment that the community offers to make them repeat customers.

Run of the Dead Participants

The Run of the Dead grew from 600 participants the first year to nearly 1,000 last year.  Participants are mainly from metropolitan-Detroit, with current and former Southwest Detroiters heavily represented.  Adults, ranging from late teens to seniors, participate in the Run, with some children running with their parents. We also need volunteers to help on the day of the Run!

Run Details

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015

Time: Registration check-in begins at 7 a.m. The 5K/10K race starts at 9 a.m. promptly and ends at Noon.

Location: Check-in is at Patton Park and the 5K/10K course is a loop through the Historic Woodmere and Holy Cross Cemeteries.

For Sponsorship information, contact or 313.842.0986

What Should I Wear? What's Traditional Dress for the Day of the Dead?

The Run of the Dead is a chance to celebrate the Mexican tradition of El Dìa de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This holiday is for friends and family members to remember, celebrate, and honor loved ones who have passed away. While Day of the Dead is always immediately after Halloween, and the Run of the Dead sometimes conjures images of zombies, vampires, and other Halloween costumes, these costumes are not encouraged at this race. Therefore, we’ve put together a brief guide of what types of costumes, make-up, and attire do exemplify and celebrate the Day of the Dead.

This first link is a great overview of all the components of the traditional attire. It shows several photos of people in full costumes, including make-up. If you’ve never seen what Day of the Dead attire looks like, check it out here:

Day of the Dead traditional make-up is beautiful, and really completes the traditional attire. It may look complicated, but these videos break the process into easy-to-follow steps. Learn how to apply this make-up by clicking on the following links:

Marigolds are the traditional flowers for Day of the Dead. While most people do not wear actual marigolds in their hair, paper ones are frequently crafted as part of the Day of the Dead celebration. Learn more about why marigolds are part of Day of the Dead traditions here:


*Registation fees are non-refundable

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