DETROIT – The Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA) will host the 2018 “Run of the Dead” from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 at the General George S. Patton Memorial Center, 2301 Woodmere St. in Southwest Detroit. 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 culturally-meaningful celebration.”
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 https://eastsideracing.enmotive.com/events/register/run-of-the-dead-5k-10k. For more information about the SDBA, visit www.southwestdetroit.com.
About the Southwest Detroit Business Association
The Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA) fosters innovation, drive and commitment in the Southwest Detroit community. Established in 1957, it supports the community’s vision for a healthy, vibrant neighborhood. SDBA works with local businesses, investors, entrepreneurs, customers and neighbors to develop a place where more and more people are choosing to live, work, shop and play – a place where you find Business Building Community and Community Building Business. For more information, visit www.southwestdetroit.com.