From Sole to Soul: Unearthing the Spirit of Dia De Los Muertos Endurance Run

Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration of life, and I can’t think of a better reason to run the 2023 Dia De Los Muertos Endurance Run in Newport at the end of October. What started as a 5k has turned into a race that can last anywhere from 6 hours to 48 hours.

As with any endurance run, the idea is to run as many loops as you can in the designated time period. The course is a single loop of both trails and pavement that measures to be 3,856 meters in distance. Your options are 6 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours, or (new in 2023 due to popular demand!) 48 hours. This will for sure be a mental challenge as much as a physical one!

This event will occur over three days.  The course, which begins near the Nine Hole Disc Golf Course at South Beach State Park, will have an altar, which is called an ofrenda. Runners should feel free to visit the ofrenda before the race to leave their offerings in honor of their dearly departed.

Some examples of offerings would be photos, written messages, flowers, trinkets, or fruit. What a great way to kick off a race – celebrating our own health and endurance and paying respect to those who are no longer with us.

After the run, there will be a traditional Aztec dance performance by Huecha Omeyocan. Hang out and celebrate!! You’ll also receive a custom DDLM Endurance Run belt buckle if you have completed over 50 miles or 100 miles on race day. All participants who have completed at least 11 loops will receive a Finisher medal.

If you’re up for the challenge, come out to Newport and give this race a shot!

Dia De Los Muertos Endurance Run $130-$300


About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.