Event Information

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We want to celebrate the Carrera Crew and Sponsors for making the annual Carrera de los Muertos a FANTASTIC event!

Join us on Friday, December 11, 2015 for delicious food, music vibes and dancing, and entertainment. All Carrera Crew members and Sponsors are welcome to bring a guest(s). Plus, preview the official 2015 Carrera Video!

2015 Official Carrera Merchandise will be available for purchase. A Flipgram Contest will take place the night of the event. The winner will be announced at the end of the event.

A cash bar will be available for soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.

Visit our website for additional details, www.unoraceofthedead.org



What are my transportation/parking options?

Valet Parking will no longer be available. FREE parking available at the Manuel Perez Jr. Elementary School 1 block south of Thalia Hall. Entrance is located on Throop St. between 19th & 21st Street. FIRST COME FIRST SERVE as space is limited.


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2015 Race Results

Click here for Race Results! (You can search with your registered name or bib number)



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 9th Annual Carrera de los Muertos/Race of the Dead 5k will be held on Saturday, October 31st 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 5,700 participants running through the colorful streets of Pilsen, Chicago’s most culturally rich and vibrant neighborhood.

2015 Race Highlights Include:

  • The only 5k race that runs through Pilsen 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 residents of the Pilsen community
  • 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
  • A large selection of kids activities related to Dia De Los Muertos
  • Instant access to your personalized race result via text (more information when you register)




Official Carrera/ Race Apparel Information

Tec_ 1-4 Zip

(Size Chart available in the Frequently Asked Questions Section)

2015 Registration Deadlines

Registration fee ends at 11:45pm. for each deadline

Dates Price
6/15/15 – 7/31/15 $39
8/01/15 – 8/22/15 $44
8/23/15 – 9/25/15*
DEADLINE EXTENDED until September 29th
9/30/15 – 10/22/15** $49

*Register by 9/29/15 to get a personalized bib 
**Registration will be open until 10/22/15 or until SOLD OUT

Rock your very own personalized bib
if you register online by September 29, 2015 (11:45pm)

Resized Bib
Race Day:
Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 8:00am

Packet Pick-Up:

TIMED Entries – October 26-29th
UNtimed Entries – October 24th (Saturday) and October 25th (Sunday)

Locations and times will be announced October 12, 2015.


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Click on the Links below to see the 2014 Carrera Race Results!

Overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Awards

Age Group 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Awards

All Results (You can search with your registered name or bib number)

Previous Years- Carrera Race Results

2015 Race Map


2015 Event Layout

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.


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.

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

Are dogs allowed in the course?
The only dogs permitted are Service Dogs.

Is this race course USATF sanctioned?

Do I have to register online?
Yes.  Registration for TIMED entries are ONLY available on www.unoraceofthedead.org. Please check our website for registration information and prices.

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.

Are the TEC long-sleeve or 1/4 zip long-sleeve training UNISEX sizes?
No, the TEC long-sleeve or 1/4 zip long- sleeve training are available in men and women sizes. Please view the size chart to determine the best size available.

(Click size chart to view in a larger format)

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.

What is the color of the Tec long-sleeve or 1/4 zip long-sleeve training?
The color of the shirt is not unveiled until the month of October. Both the tec and 1/4 zip will be the same color and contain the same designs.

What is the difference between Timed and UNtimed Bibs?
A TIMED bib contains a tracker to provide an official running time. An UNtimed bib does not record running time, but allows participation.

Will UNtimed bibs be available for registration in 2015?
Yes, the UNtimed bib registration will open July 15, 2015 by visiting www.uno-online.org website. The UNtimed registration fee will include an UNtimed bib and a cotton long-sleeve shirt. Please check the site for registration and price information.

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?

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. Bus riders can get off on 16th Street and Ashland. Participants who plan to take the CTA Pink Line and get off on 18th Street station and walk over to Addams/Medill Park.

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

Do running clubs pay the regular price for participation?
No, if you are the coach/trainer of a running club at an elementary or high school, college, or university please email the uno5k@uno-online.org account, SUBJECT LINE: Running Club

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.

About The Race


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!


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.

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Designed and produced by:

Caroline Hackett
UNO Charter School Network Art Teacher
UNO Marquez Campus
2916 W. 47th Street, Chgo., IL 60632

2015 Sponsors

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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 9th 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: Angelica Guerrero at aguerrero@uno-online.org


Not running but still want to be part of the action? Volunteer with us!

Volunteer positions and duties: Carrera Volunteer Descriptions

Sign up here: Volunteer Sign-Up


Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. Whether you are a returning or new volunteer, you are bound to have a fun day!  After registering to volunteer on the link provided, please join us at our general volunteer meeting for more details on volunteer duties:

 Date: October 2015

Time: TBD

Location: TBD



Questions or comments about the race?

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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.

Submit your own photo and caption.