Registration opens August 1st!

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

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

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

Join the United Neighborhood Organization in promoting health and wellness in our communities through active lifestyles by running/walking and celebrating el dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead.   The United Neighborhood Organization’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 more than 5,000 participants.  Be part of Chicago’s culturally rich Hispanic traditions in the city’s most creatively vibrant and ecclectic neighborhood of Pilsen.

  • 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 skull decorated and painted by a student of the UNO Charter School Network
  • Runners will find a variety of entertainment throughout the race course, including mariachi, traditional folkloric dance groups, and Chicago House Music DJ’s
  • The post race party brings you authentic and delectable Mexican and Latin American eats in a traditional Day of the Dead celebratory setting.

2014 Race Map


Transportation to the Race

The use of Public Transportation is strongly encouraged. Street parking is very limited. Please use the information below in getting to the UNO 5K.


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 student painted Carrera de los Muertos Champions Skull.

Champions Skulls will be awarded to the following age/gender divisions: 9‑10, 11‑12, 13‑14, 15‑19, 20‑24, 25‑29, 30‑34, 35‑39, 40‑44, 45‑49, 50‑54, 55‑59, 60‑64, 65‑69, 70‑74, 75‑79, 80 and over

Frequently Asked Questions

Are baby strollers allowed?
Baby strollers are permitted.  Please be considerate and line-up towards 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 a gear check area?
Gear check will be provided for all participants.

Where can I park?
UNO strongly encourages public transportation for this event. There is a very limited amount of residential parking to the west of Bartolome de las Casas School (the race will go east which means parking will be more limited in these areas). Bus riders can get off on 18th and Ashland. Participants who are planning on taking the train can take the Pink Line and get off on 18th Street.

Can I get a refund?
Unfortunately, we will not be able to issue refunds after you have registered for the race.  Bibs also cannot be transferred from one individual to another.

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 and traditional folk dancing.
  • There will be musical entertainment along the race route.
  • There will be gear check available for participants.
  • Medical staff will be on hand in case of emergency.

About The Race


UNO understands the positive impact that good health and wellness plays 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 being active!


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 The Carrera de los Muertos (Race of the Dead) !

The Pilsen neighborhood, located in the lower West side of Chicago has rich history.  Once an Eastern European immigrant destination, glimpses of the old world are still visible as baroque style architectural buildings stand strong along Ashland and 18th street.  The neighborhood now brings a unique mixture of Mexican and modern qualities that resonate through the community.  Walk down 18th street and you will see a fusion of local and authentic restaurants, tortillerias, mercados and  local bakery shops along side boutiques, bars and clubs.   Lively art galleries and colorful murals can be found throughout the community.  No other community in Chicago is as well suited to host a 5k run as is Pilsen!

Our race coincides with the Day of the Dead, a Hispanic custom born of Mesoamerican tradition. 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 is not one that revolves around the subject of death but rather the celebration of life.  UNO commemorates this celebration of life with a festival event in the heart of Chicago.


Newspaper Coverage

Chicago Tribune – Nov. 1, 2009

Extra Newspaper – Nov. 1, 2009

El Dia – Nov. 1, 2009

Web Coverage

Groupon- Carrera, One of the Ways to Celebrate Day of the Dead

The Pleasant House Blog – Nov. 2, 2009

Yahoo! News Espanol – Oct. 30, 2009

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 or simply just to wear around the house. We decided that it would be a good idea to see if this is true.

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.

Submit your own photo and caption.


Designed by Epifanio Monarrez

2013 Sponsors






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Interested in Sponsoring

Are you interested in giving your company/organization brand exposure?  Be a part of UNO’s  7th annual “Day of the Dead” 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


Have questions or comments about the race?

Please contact:

Lucky Camargo

2013 Race Results

Check out the results for this year’s race:

2013 Race Results

Age Group Winners