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2014 Registration & Info

Registration online starts August 1, 2014!

Check out our video from last year’s SOLD OUT race and get a taste of what’s in store this year.

Race Day:
Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8:00am

Starting Point:

Bartolomé De Las Casas Charter School
An UNO Charter School Campus
1641 W. 16th St., Chicago, IL 60608

Join the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) in promoting health and wellness in our communities through active lifestyles by running/walking and celebrating El Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead. UNO’s 8th Annual Carrera de los Muertos/Race of the Dead 5k will be held on Saturday, November 1st at 8:00am.

The Carrera de los Muertos/Race of the Dead 5k continues to grow every year! Last year’s race was sold out, with over 5,000 participants running through the colorful streets of Pilsen, Chicago’s most culturally rich and vibrant neighborhood.

2014 Race Highlights Include:

  • The only 5k race that runs through Pilsen and University Village in Chicago
  • Overall winners and runners who finish in the top three of their age division will be awarded a one-of-a-kind “sugar” skull decorated and painted by a student of the UNO Charter School Network
  • Runners will be cheered on with entertainment throughout the race course, including live mariachis, traditional folkloric dance groups and Chicago house music DJs
  • A post-race party with authentic and delectable Mexican and Latin American food set to music and a traditional Day of the Dead setting
  • Instant access to your personalized race result via text (more information when you register)
  • Personalized bib with your name on it (if you register by September 28, 2014)

2014 Registration Deadlines

Registration fee ends at 11:45 p.m. for each deadline.

Dates Price
8/01/14- 8/22/14 $37
8/23/14-9/25/14* $42
9/26/14-10/26/14 $47

*Register by 8/28/14 to get a personalized bib!

Rock your very own personalized bib if you register online by Sept. 28th 2014 (11:45pm)

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Packet pick-up:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
11:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Universal Sole
3052 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657

Thursday, October 30, 2014
4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
UNO Bartolomé de las Casas
1641 W. 16th St., Chicago, IL 60608

Friday, October 31, 2014
4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
UNO Bartolomé de las Casas
1641 W. 16th St., Chicago, IL 60608

Saturday, November 1, 2014
6:30a.m.-7:45 a.m.
UNO Bartolomé de las Casas (at the race event grounds)
1641 W. 16th St., Chicago, IL 60608

2014 Race Map

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Transportation to the Race

We strongly encourage public transportation as street parking is extremely limited. Please use the information below in getting to the UNO 5K.

Awards

Top male and female finishers as well as runners who finish in the top three of their age/gender divisions will be awarded an original Carrera de los Muertos Champions Skull, painted by an UNO student.

Champions Skulls will be awarded to the following age/gender divisions: 14 and under, 15-19, 20‑24, 25‑29, 30‑34, 35‑39, 40‑44, 45‑49, 50‑54, 55‑59, 60‑64, 65‑69, 70‑and over.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this race course USATF sanctioned?
Yes.

Do I have to register online?
Yes.  Registration is available online. Unless sold out, registration in person will take place ONLY during packet pick-up dates/times and locations. Please check our website for registration information and costs.

What time is the race?
The race begins at 8:00 a.m.

How old must I be to race?
The 5k is open to all ages.

I registered and now I won’t be able to participate; can I still pick up my bib and goodie bag?
Yes. Please stop by packet pick up to collect your bib and race shirt.

I won’t be able to participate; can I transfer my registration to next year or to another person?
No. We’re sorry, but there are no transfers of registration to another person or the following year. Bibs also cannot be transferred from one individual to another.

Can a friend or family member pickup my packet?
Yes. Please send them to packet pick-up with a copy of your race confirmation.

When should I arrive to the course on race day?
It is recommended that all runners arrive at least 30 minutes before the race and to the start line at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the race.

Is there packet pick-up on race day?
Yes. Race-day packet pick-up will take place on race event grounds at 6:30a.m.-7:45 a.m.

Can I register on race day?
No, there will be no race day registration available.

Are there aid stations and portable toilets along the course?
There is 1 aid station with Port-a-Potties on race event grounds in the START and FINISH area.

What will be served at the aid stations?
Water.

Are baby strollers allowed?
Baby strollers are permitted. Please be considerate and line-up toward the back.

Can participants wear costumes?
YES!  Participants are HIGHLY encouraged to dress in their Halloween best. Costume contest will be held during the post-race party.

Is there gear check for runners?
Yes. Gear check will be available race day to all registered participants from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Gear check bags must be 12 inches by 18 inches or smaller. UNO Race of the Dead 5k is not responsible for lost, damaged or misplaced items. Please have the gear check tab from your bib adhered to your bag prior to entering the gear check lines.

Where can I park?
UNO strongly encourages public transportation to the race. There is a very limited amount of residential parking to the west of Bartolomé de las Casas School (the race goes east, which means parking will be more limited east of the starting point). Bus riders can get off on 18th Street and Ashland. Participants who plan to take the CTA Pink Line and get off on 18th Street station.

Can I get a refund?
Unfortunately, we will not be able to issue refunds after you have registered for the race.

More Carrera Information

  • Water stations will be present at the race start/finish, as well as at the 1.5-mile mark on the course.
  • Mile Markers will be visible on the course.
  • Make sure to stick around for the post-race festivities and free giveaways.
  • Entertainment includes mariachis, traditional folk dancing and house music DJs; there will be musical entertainment along the race route.
  • Medical staff will be on hand in case of emergency.

Race Results

About The Race

Mission

UNO understands the positive impact that good health and wellness play in our communities. By providing opportunities like 5k races, UNO wants to support and encourage our neighborhoods to start living long and happy lives by staying active!

History

The Carrera de los Muertos was created in 2007 by joining community vibrancy and the tradition of the Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos revelry with UNO’s commitment to family wellness and active lifestyles. The two came together to give runners/walkers this race, one of Chicago’s most lively and colorful!

The Pilsen neighborhood, located in the Lower West Side of Chicago, is steeped in history. Once an Eastern European immigrant enclave, glimpses of the Old World are still visible as baroque-style architectural buildings stand strong along Ashland Avenue and 18th Street. The neighborhood now boasts a unique, undeniable mix of Mexican culture and modern artistry. Walk down 18th  to discover a fusion of authentic restaurants, tortillerias, mercados and  local bakery shops alongside boutiques, bars and clubs. Lively art galleries and colorful murals and street art can be found throughout the community. No other community in Chicago is as vibrant as Pilsen for hosting a 5k run!

Our race coincides with the Day of the Dead, a Latino tradition rooted in Mesoamerican culture. For centuries, this holiday—based on All Souls Day—commemorates the deceased by building altars, or ofrendas, with favorite items and significant possessions from loved ones. This holiday doesn’t revolve around around the idea of death—rather, it’s a celebration of life. UNO commemorates this celebration of life with a festival event in the heart of Chicago.

In the News

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Designed by Epifanio Monarrez.

El Camino

Various friends of the Carrera de los Muertos have stated that they proudly wear their shirts all the time, whether it’s to work out, just around the house or while traveling!

Our idea for “El Camino” is to track the journey of the now infamous Carrera shirt. Here’s your opportunity to express your Carrera pride to the whole world!

View El Camino in a larger map.

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Want to be a Sponsor?

Are you interested in giving your company/organization brand exposure? Be a part of UNO’s 8th annual Carrera de los Muertos 5k run/walk and expose your brand to a captive and receptive audience that includes families, community leaders, small business owners and Chicago’s running community. Various sponsorship packages are available. For further information, please contact: Lucky Camargo at lcamargo@unocharterschools.org

Contact

Questions or comments about the race?

Please contact:
uno5k@uno-online.org