Run of the dead

El Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration and remembrance of loved ones who have passed. Throughout Mexico and other Latin American countries, El Dia de Los Muertos allows people to connect to their origins, pass down cultural traditions, and remember friends and family members who are no longer with us. This tradition honors the transition between life and death.

The Southwest Detroit Business Association’s Run of the Dead is a 5K and 10K USATF-certified run that connects the observation of those who have passed away through the celebration of a long-standing Mexican holiday with an interactive and health-conscious event. With routes through the historic Holy Cross and Woodmere cemeteries, the Run of the Dead is one of several Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) activities found throughout Southwest Detroit.

The Run of the Dead promotes healthy living and offers a memorable, interactive way to celebrate El Día de los Muertos in a welcoming and culturally diverse environment.

Save the Date

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

Check-in: 7 am

Run: 9 am

Patton Park
Memorial Recreation Center

2300 Woodmere
Detroit, MI 48209


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!


As construction of the Michigan Interchange begins for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project, there is a temporary closure of Interstate-75 in both directions from Springwells Street to Clark Street beginning Friday, November 1, 2019, at approximately 11:00 p.m. to allow for demolition of three road
bridges. Lanes will re-open by 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 4, 2019.


Local traffic can continue to exit northbound I-75 at Springwells Street and enter northbound I-75 at Clark Street. Southbound I-75 traffic can exit at Clark Street and enter southbound I-75 at Springwells Street.

West Fisher Service Drives between Springwells and Clark, on both sides of the Interstate, will remain open.

Regional traffic traveling toward Detroit from Toledo, Ohio on I-75 will be directed to take I-275 north to I-96, then I-96 east in order to reconnect with northbound I-75.

Traffic traveling to Toledo from Auburn Hills, Michigan on I-75 will be directed to take I-96 west to I-275, then I-275 south in order to reconnect with southbound I-75.

Information about Michigan Interchange Phase 1 construction activities and detour routes can be found at

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Flagstar – $2,500.00

Marathon – $2,500.00

Skillman Foundation – $2,500.00

  1. Vernor & Springwells BID – $1,000.00

Fifth Third Bank – $500.00

HFHS – $500.00

Jorgenson – $500.00

Steve Weiner – Levy – $500.00

Yaldoo Eye Center – $500.00 


E & L Mercado (Water)

Prince Valley Market (Fruit)

I be Caking (Cupcakes)

Chris Engels Greenhouse (Florals)

HAP (Runner Swag Bags)

MotorCity Casino (Hotel Water Donation)

Mexican Town Bakery (Pan Dulce)



ULDSEM – WIC Program

Zumba con Roberto

Detroit Police Department

Hispanic Dental Association


Wayne County Sherriff’s Department Reserves

National Association of Hispanic Nurses Michigan Chapter

Patton Park

City of Detroit Recreation Department

City of Detroit Special Events

Chris Engels

Woodmere Cemetery

Holy Cross Cemetery

AFS USA – Foreign Students (Volunteers)

ROTD 2019 Sponsor Poster Confetti

Are you interested in sponsoring opportunities?