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Run of the Dead

A Race Through Southwest Detroit. RACES START AT 9 AM!!!!!!

Date: Saturday October 29, 2011

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

Location: Patton Park Recreation Center

Event Details:

Run through  historic cemeteries in Southwest Detroit in honor of the Day of the Dead.  Runners are encouraged to wear the traditional costumes of the Day of the Dead, and to wear ribbons in honor of deceased loved ones. Course winds through Holy Cross and Woodmere Cemeteries.  Races are d-tag timed.  DOWNLOAD COURSE MAPS HERE!


Race Day is quickly approaching- Saturday, October 29th! 

Start/Finish: Both races begin at Patton Park, located at 2301 Woodmere St
Detroit, MI 48209 at 9AM.

Packet Pick-up: Packet Pick-up is on Race day only at Patton Park- the Start/Finish site of the race. We open Pick-up (and onsite registration if you want to bring a friend) at 7:30 AM.

Course Maps: Maps for both the 10k and 5K will be emailed to registered runners by October 17. Maps will also be in your race packets. Course will be well-marked!

Parking: Parking is convienent and free at the Run of the Dead! Patton Park Recreation Facility is allowing us to use their lot for the event. The lot is steps away from the start and finish of the race.  Parking Also available at Las Brisas (8445 West Vernor).

T-shirts: T-shirts will be distributed at packet pick-up.  Late registrations/on-site registration may result in T-shirts being mailed.

Awards: Awards will be presented to the top male and top female finishers of each race. Age group awards for top male and female finishers will also be given in the following age categories:


The Run is part of a 5-day Celebration of the Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. It is a holiday celebrated mainly in Mexico, and by people of Mexican heritage living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember the relatives and loved ones who have passed away. Traditions include building private altars (ofrendas) honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed. Traditions also include visiting graves with these items as gifts. The Day is a Celebration of the lives of those we love, and a commitment to never forget them.

Our 10k course runs through both Holy Cross and Woodmere you have family buried in one of these places? Woodmere is celebrated 141 years of service to the Detroit community. Follow this link and enter in your family name...maybe someone you know is buried here. Some of Detroit's founding fathers are buried in Southwest Detroit including John Bagley (think Bagley Avenue), and Benjamin Kercheval (think Kercheval Avenue). For a full listing of Woodmere notables, click here.

If you do have a loved one buried in either of the cemetaries, please contact me directly, with the name of your loved one to be included in a special tribute on Race Day (

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October 2011