Race Preview: 2021 Dia De Los Muertos Endurance Run (Newport)

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.

As runners, we know that the miles we travel are about more than just physical effort. They are a mental, emotional, and sometimes spiritual experience that can connect us to something bigger than any mile. This awareness is embedded in the Dia De Los Muertos Endurance Run.

Participants choose from 6-hour, 12-hour, and 24-hour options. Rather than seeing how fast you can get from the start to the finish line, this race challenges participants to see how far they can go in the time allotted. The 3.8 km loop takes place on a paved trail in South Beach State Park, with views of Yaquina Bay Bridge, Yaquina Bay and the Pacific Ocean along the way.

All participants to complete 50 or 100 miles will receive a belt buckle via the mail after the race ends. Everyone who completes at least 26.2 miles will also receive a finisher medal. Plus the overall male and female winner of each event receive an award.

In keeping with the day this race celebrates, the start/finish line has an ofrenda (altar) that participants are welcome to stop at before beginning the race. This is a place to leave tokens to loved ones who have passed on; items such as photographs, flowers, snacks, and written messages. We are here because of those who came before and should never forget they are part of our journey.

Dia De Los Muertos Endurance Run
When: Saturday, October 30. 5-miler at 8am. 24-hr, 12-hr, and 6-hr races start at 10am. 12-hr & 6-hr also have 10pm and 4am start options.
Where: South Beach State Park (5580 SW Coast Hwy)
Register: Online
Packet Pick-Up: Race Day 7-9:30am.
Cost: 24-hr for $200. 12-hr for $160. 6-hr for $120. 5-miler for $50.

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