If you’re like me, you don’t know the answer to those questions. And, like me, you might be really curious to find out.
That means you should check out the inaugural Día de Los Muertos (DDLM) race in Newport, Oregon. The course has two loops, with participants switching back and forth between them. Loop A is 1.05 miles and Loop B is 1.55 miles. How many times you make it through them is all about you, your legs, and your heart. All participants earn a custom DDLM Endurance Run beanie, and those runners who finish 50 or 100 miles will earn a belt buckle (to be mailed post-race).
This running event celebrates the community as much as it does the endurance of each participant. The start/finish line includes space for an ofrenda (altar) where racers are invited to leave offerings that honor their ancestors and loved ones. Leaving a message, a gift, or another token can help runners remember why they are living, why they are running, and why this life is a gift.
“Día de Los Muertos (DDLM) is a day in the year like no other. This deeply revered Mexican tradition provides a universal opportunity to celebrate our connection to loved ones passed on and the ancestors whose lives allowed ours to happen.”
After the race, celebrate the day with a performance of a traditional Aztec dance by Huecha Omeyocan, a McMinnville-based group, as well as food and beer.
Día De Los Muertos Endurance Run (Newport)
When: Saturday, November 2 to Sunday, November 3. 24-hour at 10am. 12-hour at 10pm. 6-hour at 3am (on Sunday).
Where: Wilder Trails (4590 SE Harborton Street)
Packet Pick-Up: Race Day
Cost: 24-hour for $180. 12-hour for $150. 6-hour for $120.