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Proceeds from the event will benefit Forest Home Historic Preservation Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to preserve the Arboretum and share the history of the cemetery through educational programs and public outreach. If you needed an awesome reason to get out of the house, and get your miles in, we just gave you one.
You’ll be running during the Day of the Dead, in October, traditional attire is encouraged - skeletons, flower headbands, La Catrinas, etc. Face painting will be available prior to the race, so come early!
After the run, stay for our Dia de los Muertos Festival with food trucks, local vendors, altars to the dead, music, and traditional dancing.
The Dia de los Muertos 5K Run/Walk will take runners through the grounds of the historic Forest Home Cemetery & Arboretum! Enjoy the stunning beauty of the rolling hills, Victorian era monuments and towering trees of this 189 acre cemetery. On-site registrations are limited so make sure to sign up early!
Parking is available on site by entering off of Cleveland Ave until 9:00 am. After 9:00 am this gate will be closed. Please note if you park on site you will not be able to leave until after the race is over. Forest Home Cemetery staff and volunteers will be directing traffic for parking on the grounds starting at 8:00am. The Lincoln Ave and Forest Home entrance will be closed but street parking is available on Lincoln Ave and the surrounding area. Please come early to guarantee parking on the grounds.
The 5K run is chip timed by Silver Circle Sports Events, LLC with a chip start. Your time will start when you cross the start line and stops when you cross the finish line. Please note, the 2 mile walk is not a timed event.
Everyone who is registered by noon October 20th will be guaranteed a custom cotton unisex t-shirt. After that, t-shirts will be available while online supplies last. Any extra shirts will be distributed after the race on a first come, first served basis.
There will be one aid station on the course.
Your race time and age group result are available online after you cross the finish line - select RESULTS from the menu above. The top 3 male & female finishers in 5-year age groups will receive a custom medal. An awards ceremony will take place at the race.
PLEASE BRING YOUR EMAIL RECEIPT WITH YOU!
You do not need to print it, but we will need to scan the QR code on the email receipt, so please have your email accessible on your mobile device or save a picture of your receipt with the QR code to your device’s image library. We strongly encourage you to pick up your packet early.
Saturday, October 28
8:00 am Packet Pick-up <-earlier time!
8:30 am Face Painting Begins
9:30 am Race Starts
Refunds are not permitted for any reason.
The event will be held unless severe weather occurs. In the event of severe weather, the race director may delay or cancel the event. If the event is canceled, there will be no refunds.
*Deferrals must be completed 10 days prior to event.
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