Carrera de Muertos: Race of the Dead

More than 4,000 people came out for the annual Carrera de Muertos or 5K Race of the Dead in Pilsen.

What makes this 5K different is that many of the runners dress up as muertos, or the dead. They paint or wear calaveras, skull faces, a symbol celebrated on Nov. 1 and 2 for Día de los Muertos. For this holiday, that fuses Mexican and Catholic traditions, people often build altars or shrines in honor of their loved ones who have passed away. In Mexico and parts of Latin America, they also visit the cemeteries where they hold all night vigils.

Day of the Dead, which actually coincides with All Saints Day and All Souls Day, is widely celebrated in Chicago with events such as the race, processions and cultural gatherings.

This 5K race is sponsored by UNO, the United Neighborhood Organization, that operates a network of charter schools in Chicago.



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