Dia de los Muertos Fun Run benefits SMHS scholarships

Picture are (front row, from left) Mayor John Thomaides, Celia Rosales, Elsie Romano, Austin Romano, Jessica Manzanares, Margaret Hernandez and Joe Lucio; and (back row, from left) Johnnie Rosales Benny Bourne. PHOTO BY DON ANDERS/ANDERS PHOTOGRAPHY

Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual and original San Marcos Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 5K Walk/Run & Kids Fun Run slated for Saturday, Oct. 28, at Hernandez Elementary School, 333 Stagecoach Road.

Race participants will run or walk to win uniquely designed trophy awards and there are multiple participant categories. Face painting will be provided for early arrivals and participants can ake a photo with the legendary Catrina and her escort, Juanito. Music will be provided by DJ Jammin Jesse Cruz/Jammin Express.  There will also be door prizes.

Mayor John Thomaides issued a proclamation in honor of this years selected Honoree, the late Rick Hernandez, who will be recognized posthumously for his years of dedicated service to the San Marcos community. The proclamation is an annual event held for the Día de los Muertos 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run and several council members along with several San Marcos city employees enjoyed participating in the traditional butterfly release. The annual southern migration of the millions of Monarch butterflies from Canada and the northern United States coincides yearly with the Día de los Muertos celebration and in the past signaled the seasonal change for thousands of years for the indigenous native population. There are many butterfly legends, but in Aztec folklore the butterflies returning were believed to be the spirits of their deceased loved ones.

The Aztecs believed that the happy dead would return in the form of butterflies to visit their relatives and assure them all was well as well as to serve as a reminder that life, no matter how short, is very beautiful.

Millions of Monarch butterflies arrive at the same time each year in Mexico about the same time as the Día de los Muertos traditional holiday that occurs in early November.

Unlike what the name implies, Dia de los Muertos does not celebrate death. Quite the opposite, it is a rejoicing and a celebration of the lives of friends and family who have died.

On the day of the race there will be colorful butterfly cutouts that will be available for those who want to personalize with the name of a loved one who is deceased as a token of remembrance and place on a specially designated butterfly tree available on site, or race participants are welcome to bring a snapshot or photo of a loved one and place it on the community altar that will be set up during the morning festivities.

On-line registration for the Dia de los Muertos 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run is going on now until Friday, and registration will also be available on site. For more information, or to register, go to: https://www.athleteguild.com/running/san-marcos-tx/2017-dia-delos-muertos-5k-runwalk-kids-funrun or Contact Celia Rosales, race director at: diadelosmuertos5k@gmail.com or send a message via Facebook.

Proceeds generated will be allocated to the Johnnie T. Rosales Memorial Scholarship, which has provided thousands of dollars in scholarship awards to selected graduates of San Marcos High School since 2010, and benefit the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos a local museum and cultural center selected as “Best Multicultural Center” in the Austin “Best” category by the Austin Chronicle newspaper in 2015. After the 5K race, participants are invited to continue the fun and go to Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos for additional Día de los Muertos celebration activities that will include crafts, snacks, music and more.

These are both family friendly and community inspired events.

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