The Virtual Run of the Dead 5K/10 to be held as a week-long
celebration through Nov. 7
annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration in
Southwest Detroit is now underway through Nov. 7 with visitors
able to enjoy the traditional Mexican holiday, including 22
public Ofrendas (altars) that are on display in area businesses,
nonprofit organizations and churches. The Southwest Detroit
Business Association (SDBA) has launched its digital brochure
that highlights all 22 Ofrendas in the community, offering two
different ways to participate.
Visitors can tour Southwest Detroit and visit the public
Ofrendas by following the map in the SDBA’s digital brochure.
Participants also can enjoy the virtual experience that includes
a brief video, photos and description of each Ofrenda
highlighted in the digital brochure.
The digital map and virtual tour can be found by visiting
is no cost to participate.
The Día de Los Muertos celebration in Southwest Detroit
the SDBA’s 2020 Virtual “Run of the Dead” 5K/10K
week-long celebration beginning Sat., October 31 through Sat.,
Nov. 7. The annual event benefits the
Center of Music & Performing Arts -Southwest (COMPÁS) and
includes a Run of the Dead “swag bag” with a commemorative
T-shirt, bib and participant medal. Participants can choose any
day or location during the week-long celebration to complete the
run. Registration for the Run of the Dead
5K or 10K run/ walk is $35 for adults
and $20 for youth. Visit
register for the event. Registration is open through Nov. 7.
Día de Los Muertos is a multi-day holiday celebrated throughout
Mexico that coincides with the Catholic observances of All Saints’
Eve (Oct. 31), All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1) and All Souls’ Day (Nov.
2). It is the time of year when individuals believe the
boundaries between the living and the dead
become permeable, allowing the souls of the departed to travel
back to visit
loved ones. Elaborate Ofrendas are created with pictures of
loved ones, food, flowers, candles, religious symbols and other
traditional decorations such as sugar skulls, papel picado
(pecked paper) and pan de muerto (bread of the dead).
to local cemeteries to honor loved ones are also very common.