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BernCo Sugar Skull Fun Run and Muerto Market this Sunday


The 6th Annual BernCo Sugar Skull Fun Run and Muerto Market are happening this Sunday, Oct. 27. The Dia de los Muertos-themed race begins at 9 a.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth Street SW. The race route will follow the Bosque Trail south toward Rio Bravo Boulevard.

The ‘Muerto Market’ and festivities will go on until 2 p.m. The ‘Muerto Market’ features over two dozen Dia de los Muertos themed artisans and vendors, face painters, as well as food trucks and festive music.

The Muerto Market is free to attend. Dia de los Muertos attire is highly encouraged for all.

Participants can still register online for the 5k or 10k fun runs at www.BernCo.gov/RunBernCo. Online registration ends at midnight on Thursday, Oct. 24. Walkers and pets are also welcome to join in.

New this year is the kids 1k run for youngsters eight years of age and under. The kids 1k is free and registration is on race day only.

Packet pickup is on Saturday, Oct. 26 from noon – 5 p.m. at Sport Systems, 6915 Montgomery Blvd. NE, or on the day of the race, Sunday, Oct. 27 beginning at 8 a.m. Walk-up registrations will also be available during those days and times -- cost is $40/5k and $45/10k.

Proceeds from the fun run will benefit the BernCo Quality of Life Community Fund.

The BernCo Quality of Life Community Fund supports responsible and effective philanthropy to enrich community wellness, and social and cultural experiences of Bernalillo County residents and visitors. In partnership with the New Mexico Community Foundation, the fund allows Bernalillo County business community and local residents to support art and cultural experiences, support agricultural partnerships, access to health food, support animal care and public safety initiatives, open space, and recreational opportunities.

The event artwork was created by Sean Wells, a local award-winning Spanish colonial artisan and Day of the Dead artist. Sean is the winner of the BernCo Sugar Skull Fun Run graphic art competition that was held earlier this year.

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