Dia de los Muertos Run

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Dia de los Muertos Run


The Gardner Health Services Día de los Muertos Run-Walk is back for 2021! This year is special and brings even greater meaning to the holiday and our event. We dedicate this race to the millions of lives lost around the world due to COVID-19 and almost 2,000 lives we’ve lost in our very own community. We also honor all the frontline workers who continue to brave the pandemic. They helped our communities safely through the past year and a half and continue to serve as heroes. This fundraising event and health initiative will safely bring together patients, staff, families and the community in celebration of life, health, and the lives of those we love eternally. Join us to raise money to help children and families – who can’t afford medical insurance – get free care!

The event will feature a family-friendly 5k and 10k run-walk route with the option to participate virtually. There will also be a community health fair.

All state and county COVID-19 safety procedures will be followed on race day. We will closely monitor any changes and will adjust accordingly to ensure our event is safe for all participants. We will communicate to all participants if any changes occur.


  • Race Entry
  • Bib and Timing Chip
  • Finisher’s Medal
  • Día de los Muertos Tech Shirt
  • Día de los Muertos Mask


  • Friday, October 29, 2021 | 10am – 7pm | 1621 Gold St. Alviso, CA 95002
  • Race Day, Saturday, October 30, 2021 | 7am | 1621 Gold St. Alviso, CA 95002

What to Wear

Participants are encouraged to dress in their Día de los Muertos make up and costumes, or wear the race shirt given at packet pick-up.

La Ofrenda

Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of a photo of a passed loved one, flowers, etc. for our giant ofrenda on display (no open flames).

  • All items should be placed on the ofrenda by 7:30am
  • Photos should be 5″ x 7″ or smaller
  • Due to COVID-19, items placed on the ofrenda will not be returned. All items will be discarded. Please bring photocopies of any pictures.

COVID-19 Tribute

We will have a special race wave for COVID-19 survivors to be the first ones out of the start race chute. All participants will cheer you on as you start your race. If you would like to be included in this wave please email info@gfhn.org after you have received your race confirmation.

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Maya Miramontes

Volunteer and Site Coordinator

Maya participated in her first A Change of Pace event at the age of 3 months. From there she followed her siblings in participating in a multitude of events from runs to kids’ triathlons. While growing up with parents who ran a sports marketing firm, she had no choice but to attend most events her entire youth life. Now as an adult, she has returned (by her own choice) and now serves as the volunteer and site coordinator. In addition, she has also been instrumental in the 2024 design and transitioning of our new website. We are fortunate to have her tackle one of the more critical areas that are considered the backbone of any event, volunteers. Maya resides in Davis and In her spare time she spends time as a dog trainer while simultaneously assisting other local nonprofit organizations such as the Yolo County SPCA and Cancer Champions.

Alec Miramontes

Event Oversight and Volunteer Management

Alec, a graduate of the University of Oregon, oversees course and volunteer management on event day. He also helps coordinate infrastructure set up and tear down, equipment management and assists with race timing.

Dave Miramontes

Executive Director

Dave brings an impressive 36 years of event production, marketing, advertising, and graphic design experience to the team. Dave has not only been a decorated athlete, but he also understands how good teamwork can lead to a successful outcome. Having 4 active kids has allowed him to stay involved in youth sports as well as being active within the community. As the Executive Director of A Change of Pace, he still enjoys his role as the logistics coordinator for all Foundation and outside client events. In addition, he oversees course design & safety, city & police relations, graphic design, advertising, marketing, and creative concepts. Dave resides in Davis with his wife Jen and has 4 very cool kids, all of which has worked at A Change of Pace at one point or another.

Jeannine Henderson

Treasurer, Assistant Race Director & Head Timer

Jeannine not only oversees the day-to-day operations; she handles one of the most critical elements within the organization; the registration and timing department. Aside from overseeing the computerized timing department and client/participant relations, she handles our social media and website changes and medal/award design. Her guidance and organizational skills have become a huge value to the organization as she provides much of the input on special projects such as the Tour De Fit.

Jennifer Miramontes

Board Member

Jennifer has over twenty years of experience in the marketing field, including positions as the Marketing Director for Chevys Fresh Mex restaurants and Real Mex restaurants. Jennifer also has extensive experience developing community programs geared towards children, having served on the Board of Directors for the Davis Schools Foundation as well as the Patwin PTA. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Pepperdine University, and is also a certified personal trainer. A runner herself, Jennifer has completed numerous triathlons and over 50 marathons, including top age-group finishes in high profile events such as the Boston Marathon and the Rock N Roll Marathon. Jennifer owns FIT House in Davis and enjoys inspiring her clients to reach their fitness goals.