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Blame it on the Rain Event
Dear Friends,

It’s safe to say that no one is more heartbroken over the cancellation of this year’s race than us. It seems cruel to have to cancel something that has been a year in the making. We take great pride in wanting to offer our runners a truly unique experience that compares to no other race in Chicago and beyond. So as you can imagine, we can’t help but feel sad that we didn’t get to showcase the full spirit of the Carrera this morning.

We’ve been blessed throughout these 10 years that we’ve never had to cancel any Carrera, until today. Not only was water accumulating rapidly under a few of the underpasses connected to the route, but lightning was also in the area. Runner, volunteer and staff safety are supremely important to us and ultimately we had to make the painful decision to cancel this year’s race.

A few things that we wanted to share with you:

  1. If you did not get a chance to pick up your medal this morning during the monsoon, do not worry. We will be organizing some “medal pickup” dates soon and will post the info on Facebook as well as send an email.
  2. “Will the race be rescheduled for another date?”
    Unfortunately this cannot be done. In the perfect world we would reschedule for the following day or weekend, but the logistics and permit process is quite complicated. As we stated earlier, the race is several months in the making.
  3. “Will there be a fun run at all so that we can run through the neighborhood?”
    We are already in early talks with a few of our community partners to see if we can organize a casual run ending at a local spot (and offer 1 free beer, just like the Carrera).
  4. If you weren’t able to join us this morning and did not pick up your packet, please send us a direct Facebook message or email us so we can go over pickup details with you.
  5. “Since this year’s race was cancelled will there be a discount code given to 2017 Carrera runners for next year’s race?”
    ABSOLUTELY! Whenever 2018 information gets posted, we will notify everyone.

Once again thank very much for understanding. We can’t thank you enough for your continued and valued support. To say that we are blessed to have the best runners in the world is an understatement.

We’ll be posting more information in the coming days. For now, please stay dry. Nos vemos pronto. Muchas Gracias.

Your Friends at the Carrera



2017 Carrera de los Muertos

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 11th Annual Carrera de los Muertos/Race of the Dead 5k will be held on Saturday, November 4 at 8:00 a.m.

Last year’s race had over 6,000 participants and spectators enjoying one of Chicago’s most culturally rich and vibrant neighborhood.

2017 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 decorated one-of-a-kind “sugar” skull
  • 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)


Carrera De Los Muertos Registration

 2017 Registration
Deadlines & Fees

Registration fee ends at 11:45pm for each deadline

Registration Type Dates Price
Timed – Early-bird 5/5/17 – 6/4/17 $40
Timed – Regular 6/5/17 – 10/15/17 $50
Timed – Until Sold Out 10/16/17 – Sold Out $55
Adult Untimed – Early Bird 5/5/17 – 6/4/17 Sold Out
Adult Untimed – Regular 6/5/17 – 10/15/17 Sold Out
Adult Untimed – Until Sold Out 10/16/17 – Sold Out Sold Out
17 & Under Untimed – Early Bird 5/5/17 – 6/4/17 Sold Out
17 & Under Untimed – Regular 6/5/17 – 10/15/17 Sold Out
17 & Under Untimed – Until Sold Out 10/16/17 – Sold Out Sold Out

 Deadline to personalize Timed Bib: October 1, 2017

Resized Bib

What is included with my registration?

  • Long Sleeve TEC Shirt (available in men’s and women’s sizes)
  • Bib with option to personalize (deadline = October 1st)
  • Time Chip (tracks your running time)
  • Medal for Finishing
  • Chupe or Churro (one alcoholic beverage or one churro)
  • Long Sleeve Cotton Shirt (available in unisex sizes)
  • Bib (not personalized)
  • Medal for Finishing
  • Chupe or Churro (one alcoholic beverage or one churro)

La Medalla 2017

2017 Medals

Official Carrera/ Race Apparel Information

 Coming Soon
(Size Chart available in the Frequently Asked Questions Section)

Packet Pick-Up

Sunday – October 29, 2017

12pm to 5:30pm

Monday – October 30, 2017

9am to 9pm

Wednesday – November 1, 2017

9am to 9pm

Thursday – November 2, 2017

9am to 9pm

Location: UNO Office
1655 S. Blue Island
Chicago, IL 60608

Please make sure to bring a photo ID and a copy of your registration confirmation.


Race Map

*Course is subject to change

 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.

Past Race Results

2016 Race Results – Click here (You can search with your registered name or bib number)

2015 Race Results – Click here (You can search with your registered name or bib number)

2014 Race Results – Click here (You can search with your registered name or bib number)

Previous Years- Carrera Race Results

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Do I have to register online?
Yes.  Registration is available on Please click here 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 training UNISEX sizes?
No, the TEC long-sleeve are available in men and women sizes. Please view the
size chart to determine the best size available.
Available sizes for the Race are Small, Medium, Large, XL, and 2XL.

(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 training?
The color of the shirt is not unveiled until the month of October. Both the TEC  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?
Yes. The UNtimed registration fee will include an UNtimed bib and a cotton long-sleeve shirt. Please click here 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 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.

In the News


2017 Skulls

Designed and produced by: BlueLybra


2017 Partners

-Corporate Partners-




VV Supremo

Monterrey Security Logo

Access Community Health

Burke Beverage

TopoChico USA

Wintrust Bank


MB Financial Bank

Clifton Larson Allen

-Media Sponsors-



Hoy Logo

Estrella TV




Mikey-O Comedy

28th Ward

Changing Worlds

-Charity Partner-

Blessons Logo

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:  Solskin Gomez-Krogh at


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

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!

Register to Volunteer


Questions or comments about the race?

Please contact:

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.