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 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.