This is the inaugural Carrera de los Muertos 5k, in Downtown Los Angeles. I know that this event took place on Halloween, but it is not a Halloween type of event. This event is honor our loved ones who have passed on. A lot of people came out and did this run/walk to honor and remember their loved ones in their own way. There was a huge turn out for this event, and I think the organizers did a beautiful job with this race.
It was a day for celebration, and I must admit, it was not depressing at all. I kept thinking about my cousins Matt and Cody. Matt took his own life in August 2002, at the age of 18. He had just gotten married three (3) days prior and his wife was three (3) months pregnant. Cody, Matt’s younger brother, took his own life in July 2014, he was 28 years old, and he left behind two kids. I grew up with both them, and they always kept me laughing.
I also thought about my friend Ryan, he was killed in the line of duty in November 2010. Ryan was always happy, and was a truly honest person. He was an all round great guy and I was very honored to have had him in my life, as my friend.
The course was a nice, flat course. The race started out on Main Street before taking us into lower Chinatown. We continued on Spring St, passed the Los Angeles Historic Park, then it was up and over the LA River, practicing running those hills, and it’s always nice to run the bridges of Los Angeles. We made the turn around at 19th Street and headed back to the finish line.
Afterward we headed off to a cafe for celebratory beer and food. We were so hungry after that run.
Today, for me, was a time to reflect and remember on those whom I’ve lost in my life and to remember them in my own way.