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Summit, NJ Raving since 2014 Marathon Maniac, 50 states aspirant/finisher, Seven Continents Club member active 1 year, 9 months ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    Central Jersey Road Runners; New York Road Runners

  • Rave race:

    Bataan Memorial Death March

  • Race that's calling my name:

    Berlin Marathon

  • I run because:

    It offers the opportunity to meet incredible people, travel to incredible places, and pairs well with my other hobby, Geocaching.

My races

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Past Races (14)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Waitsfield, VT Jul 12, 2015
Marathon Northfield, MN Jan 11, 2015
5K Westfield, NJ Jan 1, 2015
Marathon Stennis Space Center, MS Nov 29, 2014
Marathon Cotter, AR Nov 22, 2014
Marathon Columbus, GA Nov 8, 2014
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 2, 2014
Marathon Gilsum, NH Sep 28, 2014
Marathon Valley Cottage, NY Aug 25, 2014
Marathon Rachel, NV Aug 9, 2014
Marathon Deadwood, SD 2014
Marathon Burlington, VT 2011
Marathon Harpers Ferry, WV 2011
Marathon White Sands, NM 2009

My Raves

Mad Marathon

Mad Marathon

Small marathon with personal attention from the Race Director and volunteers. Convenient packet pickup with a handful of local vendors. Expect never ending hills, beautiful scenery/views, covered bridges, convenient start/finish … MORE

Small marathon with personal attention from the Race Director and volunteers. Convenient packet pickup with a handful of local vendors. Expect never ending hills, beautiful scenery/views, covered bridges, convenient start/finish areas (less than 1/10th of a mile apart). But mostly expect a hug from the Race Director as you cross the finish line. A race that really wants you there! Cool medals.

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Zoom! Yah! Yah! Indoor Marathon

Zoom! Yah! Yah! Indoor Marathon

Northfield, Minnesota can be downright frigid in January, but race day temps at this indoor marathon at St. Olaf's College is between 58 and 65 degrees. The Race Director, Dick … MORE

Northfield, Minnesota can be downright frigid in January, but race day temps at this indoor marathon at St. Olaf’s College is between 58 and 65 degrees.

The Race Director, Dick Daymont goes out of his way to insure all runners experience an atmosphere of fun and comaraderie at the pre-race events and on race day. Saturday’s packet pickup and pre-race meal are held in the Buntrock Commons building at St. Olaf’s College. Rob aka “the hat guy”, one of the veteran runners, cheerfully helps Dick with handing out front and back bibs and meal tickets. The back bibs are plain white bibs which each runner can personalize with their name and some creative artwork – on race day this allows passing runners to shout out support for those they are passing.

Most of the 44 runners come to the pre-race dinner so this gives everyone the opportunity to mingle, meet old friends and make new ones. Once directed to “go eat” the assembled masses rush into the St. Olaf’s Student Cafeteria for one of the most outstanding pre-race meals on this planet! Carnivore? No problem, Vegan? No problem. Gluten Free? No problem. Like your whole grains? No problem. Prefer Asian, Middle Eastern, Seafood, Burgers, Fries, Pizza, or just plain old pasta and salad? No problem. Want seconds? No problem. Did you say you want a dessert, or two or three? No Problem!

After the meal, Dick Daymont provides an introduction/history of the event, shares stories of some of the runners participating in the event, explains how the “reverse direction every 30 minutes” works, provides a run down on the timing for the next morning’s event, and conducts a fun raffle.

On race morning we meet at 5:45am at the Tostrud Center at St. Olaf’s College. Since this race DOES NOT USE CHIP TIMING, the first order of business is that each runner gets paired with a lap counter. Most of the lap counters are young woman who are on the St. Olaf’s Track Team. Runners are quick to bond with their counter, who doubles as a super cheerleader throughout the 150 laps. We joke that we are their pet hamsters running around in circles! But the counters do have a very important job, they actually log your time each and every one of those 150 laps! They will shout out encouragement to all runners and all the counters, regardless of who they are counting for, will chant your name as you take you final lap and run to the finish.

Tables are set up in each of the four “corners” of the track for runners to stock their own hydration and nutrition needs. Rest rooms are within 100 yards of the running track. There is enough space around the track for spectators (mostly family members of runners) to stand and cheer. And, very importantly a doctor is present throughout the entire event.

Music is played throughout the entire race using many songs that had previously been submitted by runners with the addition of some silly and appropriate tunes like “Dizzy”, “Turn, Turn, Turn”. Signs for each runner and for general encouragement are taped along the far wall. Every 30 minutes an orange traffic cone is placed at the Start/Finish/Turn spot and runners turn around it (it is very orderly) to reserve direction.

You might wonder why I rated the perfectly flat course on a smooth track surface a “2” and not a super easy “1”. I’ll offer two reasons. (1) running on a perfectly flat surface isn’t as easy as it seems, there is really no variation and therefore the same muscles are constantly being stressed. (2) given the nature of the track, there are 600 turns (150 * 4 corners) and even with the changing direction, these turns have a way of becoming uncomfortable on the hips.

I’d love to give the race a “5” for course scenery, but I had to be realistic. As much fun as the event is, and I will come back again and again if I am lucky enough to make it in with the lottery), you do pass around the same 4 walls 150 times. I’d be lying to say the scenery is spectacular.

Scenery aside, this is such a great race put on by a running club “The Band of 10,000 Aches” for the love of running. They make you feel welcome and part of their community

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Hangover 5K

Hangover 5K

There are many Hangover races around the country I'm sure but the one in Tamaques Park, Westfield, NJ is the one I'm reviewing here. It is a great race put … MORE

There are many Hangover races around the country I’m sure but the one in Tamaques Park, Westfield, NJ is the one I’m reviewing here. It is a great race put on by the Central Jersey Road Runners Club. The race is organized and managed by the running club – every one on the committee is volunteering their time and talents to this event. This year was the 33rd Annual, so they are doing something right. With steady year over year growth, there were just under 800 finishers in 2015.

Pre-registration is only done online, but day of race registration is allowed. One of the biggest “draws” of this race is the comfy, cozy “hoodie” when most other 5ks are still offering cotton tee shirts. This year’s hoodie which featured a “road runner” and the club’s logo was designed by a club member.

Another fun aspect is the post-race hot chocolate and bagels. This year they also were pleased to receive a nice donation of Larabars which were a huge hit.

The course utilizes the oval roadway within Tamaques Park for 1 1/2 loops, then ventures out into local neighborhood streets in the upscale town of Westfield, NJ before returning to the park for another 3/4 of a loop to the downhill finish.

Awards are given to the top 3 Male/Females, the top 3 Masters Male/Female, and the top 3 M/F in five year age groups.

Over the years the race has become a family tradition and at least 80% of the field are runners who return year after year.

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Stennis Space Center Marathon & Half Marathon (fka Mississippi Coast Marathon)

Stennis Space Center Marathon & Half Marathon (fka Mississippi Coast Marathon)

A small race (less than 120 in the marathon) put on with love by the Gulf Coast Running Club. The entire race takes place on the grounds of the Stennis … MORE

A small race (less than 120 in the marathon) put on with love by the Gulf Coast Running Club. The entire race takes place on the grounds of the Stennis Space Center which is primarily FLAT.

This is my second running of the Mississippi Coast Marathon (previously ran it in 2012). Another low key race that provided a pleasant experience. You need to know that I don’t need bands and spirit stations nor a closed course, nor spectators or a bzillion other runners. I just need a certified course and a race put on “for the love of racing”. This marathon offers these simple things. Volunteers who say “thanks for coming to our race” and make me believe they really feel that way is all I need.

Packet pickup the day prior to the race is held at the Mississippi Welcome Center about 3 miles from the Stennis Space Center. It is easy to reach. Packet pickup is just that, your bib, shirt, a hearty “welcome, we’re glad you’re here” and that’s it. We stayed in Slidell, La. which is about 17 miles away.

Race morning we drove to the Stennis Space Center and as you might imagine there was a security checkpoint which required either a special driver’s license or passport. The guards had a list of every runner’s name. The process went slowly but since we arrived very early it didn’t create any issue for us. Others, who arrived closer to the race start time sat in long lines. In fact, the bottleneck at the security station held up the race by approximately 20 minutes. Those waiting at the start line were kept informed by simple and clear announcements.

Race morning temps were cool but as soon as we started temps began to warm up to a very comfortable level. It was partly sunny and the wind picked up especially in the later stages of the race making the last 6 miles or so quite the challenge. I would describe the course as a double loop with a few short out and backs. Aid stations were sufficient and volunteers were enthusiastic.

Since this race is so small (even with the 5k and half marathon), they do timing and scoring “the old fashioned way”. No chips to worry about, that’s for sure. You cross the finish line and they rip off the bottom tag on your bib. Then they give you a small rectangular tab with your finisher place on it and ask you to fill it out – name, age, finish time. Then you remove the backing and stick the tab on a tally sheet. For this spoiled girlie that was way too much work to do in the first 60 seconds of crossing the finish line. But actually it wasn’t a problem.

While there is a 6 hour time limit to this race, they really start tearing down things at about 5 hours. They also tend to run out of post race food. This isn’t an issue for me since I’m a vegetarian and the only food they offer has meat. Knowing this I planned to bring a snack.

We were disappointed to learn that the vendor the club used for their finishers medals actually shorted them about 200 medals, so it was decided that they would mail the medals to all marathoners. These things happen and they were upfront about it.

For a smaller race, they are very generous with their award structure, recognizing masters, grandmasters and then age group participants three deep.

If you are looking for a simple marathon in a unique venue, the Mississippi Coast Marathon just might be right for you.

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White River Marathon

White River Marathon

The White River Marathon for Kenya is a delightful small race (less than 200 in the marathon) in Cotter, Arkansas which if you didn't know is known as "the Trout … MORE

The White River Marathon for Kenya is a delightful small race (less than 200 in the marathon) in Cotter, Arkansas which if you didn’t know is known as “the Trout Capital of the USA”. The route follows the White River although I swear you only see if for a short time. We did the race in 2012 and enjoyed it enough to return.

Packet pickup is held at the Cotter Middle School which is also the location of the pasta dinner, the post race food. and the start line for all three of the races (they offer a 5k, half marathon and marathon). The first 1.25 miles of the course presents the runners with a significant downhill and then things level off to almost perfectly flat. I would describe the course as a double out and back (but you never go up the hill you came down). The scenery is peaceful, the spectators are cows, you’ll pass a very small airport, some farms and an RV park which is the marathon (13.1 mile turnaround) and then the finish line. You are running on a road for the entire race. The course is well marked and aid stations are well spaced.

Speaking of aid stations, there was a problem which was quickly corrected by race management. During the race it appeared that volunteers abandoned one of the water stops leaving water and gatorade vats on the table without cups. I heard a race participant call the RD to report the problem and within 15 minutes (my estimate) a volunteer arrived with cups and began providing support.

I gave the course a difficulty of 3 primarily because I find flat races to be more difficult than races with slightly rolling terrain. I also gave the scenery a 3 simply because of the redundancy – it is however a very pleasant run especially if the weather is nice (which it wasn’t this year – it was cool and rainy).

There are not many lodging choices very close by. Most of the well known chains are 10-15 miles away. If you don’t mind the pre and post race drives, they are just fine. We wanted to stay closer to the race site so we selected HIS PLACE RESORT which caters to those who love to fish. It is 7/10 of a mile from the start (all uphill) and less than 1/4 mile from the finish line. We stayed there 2 years ago and found it to be more than adequate, with a full kitchen but very itsy bitsy bathroom.

The medal for the race is beautifully designed suncatcher. This year’s featured violet tones.

If you enjoy smaller races without a lot of fuss this might be for you. If I didn’t have so many other races on my bucket list I’d come back again.

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Soldier Marathon and Half Marathon

Soldier Marathon and Half Marathon

There's a lot to like about this event. The run takes you through Ft. Benning, up Drill Hill (with real Drill Sergeants "encouraging" you to the top) in and around … MORE

There’s a lot to like about this event. The run takes you through Ft. Benning, up Drill Hill (with real Drill Sergeants “encouraging” you to the top) in and around Columbus, Georgia with a dip into Phenix City, Alabama, many miles along the Riverwalk and the Chattahoochie River and their Fallen Heros program. Lovely views, well stocked aid stations and great swag. I plan on returning.

There were two small issues which appeared to be the result of the rapid growth in participation. (1) you could only enter the start area from the front, so as we lined up to prepare to start, slower runners had to funnel up through the middle of the pack causing quite a jam. The fix is simple….they just need to allow access to the starting area from along the sides of the chute. (2) post race refreshments were limited for vegetarians and vegans.

I spoke to their very interested RD and I believe these issues will be addressed in the 2015 race.

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New York City Marathon

New York City Marathon

This was my 13th running of the NYC Marathon. Yes, lucky 13. In the past I have complained a lot about this race. Well, after all it is my hometown … MORE

This was my 13th running of the NYC Marathon. Yes, lucky 13. In the past I have complained a lot about this race. Well, after all it is my hometown marathon and I have the right to complain loudly. But I must be softening in my old age because it seems that either I have less ambition to complain or perhaps they have addressed the previous issues.

Let’s start at the beginning. The EXPO – I went on Friday morning just as it opened. Some have said how smoothly it went for them and how organized it was. I didn’t have that experience. I had to wait outside for 50 minutes before being allowed into the Javits Center (in the past 12 times this has never happened). Once inside though, number, shirt and packet pickup went smoothly. The official merchandise area was okay but their chutes for the cash registers was awful. This was followed by a very cramped and IMHO unorganized vendor area. When I attempted to stop at a vendor and browse I found myself being pushed and shoved by the crowds passing by. But these issues have nothing to do with the race itself.

My transportation was the bus from the 42nd Street Library. The lines moved swiftly, security was efficient and moving the buses out to Ft. Wadsworth was a breeze. I was anticipating a muddy mess in the Villages, but it seems they brought out mounds and mounds of straw to help. And it did! Announcements were clear, signage was clear, port-a-potties were plentiful, and getting into the corrals went smoothly. Yes, it was windy and cold, but there’s not much race organizers can do about the elements. The little they could do, e.g. eliminating signage that would have created danger, was communicated to everyone via email the day prior to the race.

It really takes every ounce of planning and organizing to move 50,000+ people from one place to another. And, as long as the NYRR continues to increase participation, it will continue to be a challenge. However, in spite of these challenges, once the race begins it seems that everything goes smoothly. The water stations were all very well supplied and managed, gu, sponges, and other treats were all equally organized.

I believe they have made improvements to the finish line area as well. I was able to receive my medal immediately upon finishing and then walk to the heat sheet and finisher recovery bag area without being crushed as in previous years. However, once beyond this point however everything came to a halt and the shuffle began. I chose the “no baggage” option, so I would be leaving the park sooner than those who needed to retrieve their dry bags. Last year we had to walk almost a mile, this year it was a bit closer. I was “caped” and felt nice and toasty in spite of the temps and wind.

All in all, knowing how difficult it is to produce this mega event, I believe it was well done. There will always be something to complain about but when you consider the size of this event, it was extremely well done.

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Clarence DeMar Marathon & Half Marathon

Clarence DeMar Marathon & Half Marathon

The third consecutive year I've done this race and with a jam packed marathon/ultra calendar, repeat races aren't the norm. From the first time I stepped foot in the packet … MORE

The third consecutive year I’ve done this race and with a jam packed marathon/ultra calendar, repeat races aren’t the norm. From the first time I stepped foot in the packet pickup location back in 2012 I knew there was something special about this event. RD and volunteers took a keen interest in my being there and they let me know it. The course is challenging yet interesting. Over hill and dale, across a dam, through a park and a cemetery, on a bike path, past cows, a “tunnel” of stately pine trees and past a golf course – loved the variety. Packet pickup is just that, no expo, just friendly volunteers. Several options for when the pickup can be done to meet traveling runners needs. Buses to the start are convenient. About a 1/4 mile walk to the starting line. Announcements are clear. Course support is more than adequate. Pre-race pasta dinner is a home cooked meal. Really, it’s delish. Post race refreshments are wonderful as well. Massages available. They try hard to recognize every runner as they cross the finish line too. And, if you are around for the last finishers to cross the finish line you will likely hear either the Rocky theme or the Olympic theme blasting from the speakers and a tunnel of volunteers cheering them on. Tech shirt, nice medal too. Keene, NH is a picturesque New England town with an incredible array of restaurants. Can you tell I really like this race?

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Sri Chinmoy Marathon

Sri Chinmoy Marathon

2014 was my third time running this race and I wanted to share it with you. Lovely and peaceful event run entirely in Rockland Lake State Park in Nyack (Rockland … MORE

2014 was my third time running this race and I wanted to share it with you.

Lovely and peaceful event run entirely in Rockland Lake State Park in Nyack (Rockland County), New York on August 25th each year, regardless of the day of the week it falls on. Organized by the Sri Chinmoy Races organization, it is not uncommon to see runners from around the world, many Eastern European countries whose names I cannot spell! 9 loops of the paved path surrounding the beautiful lake with with soothing melodies from a variety of instruments and chants from groups of spectators. In 2014 I swear they were chanting “you can do this, you look so good, keep up the good work” – not an unusual shout out from the crowd, but imagine that in a singsongy and soft tone! People are here for the love of running and for the spiritual gains they receive. There is no advanced packet pickup, no expo, no hype. You can set up your own aid station near the “center of activity”, or you will be sufficiently supported by the three aid stations set up around the 2.9 mile loop.

The main aid station offers sports drinks, coke, water, fruit, candies, and are you ready for this – dried seaweed! I was skeptical of this the first time I ran the event but then I realized it is an amazing and natural form of salt!

Each lap is recorded manually and the volunteers will alert you when you are on your last lap. But you need to pay attention because many of them are very soft spoken. Speaking of soft spoken, this is one of the quietest marathons I’ve run. Seems that most of the runners are there for the spirituality and not for the chattiness you might find at other races. This is perfectly fine with me.

Once you finish, they have an amazing post-race meal which, unlike with most races, caters to vegetarians. It is quite the feast.

Also, bring your yoga mat for a pre-race stretch and post-race relaxation. You won’t be alone!

Parking is super-convenient especially if you arrive an hour or so before the race begins. The (cotton) short sleeve shirt you receive always has one of Sri Chinmoy’s amazing and inspirational sayings on it. In 2014 it said “The happiness of the heart expedites the speed of the body.” The medal is simple but nice.

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ET Full Moon Midnight Marathon/Half/10K/51K

ET Full Moon Midnight Marathon/Half/10K/51K

Unusual and quirky fun marathon (or opt for the 51k, half marathon, or 10k) starting at midnight in the high desert of Nevada near the famed Area 51. While the … MORE

Unusual and quirky fun marathon (or opt for the 51k, half marathon, or 10k) starting at midnight in the high desert of Nevada near the famed Area 51. While the Expo is at the Hard Rock in Vegas, the only lights you’ll see during this race with a midnight start is from the glowing, blinking and flashing of the lights the runners are wearing on their bodies to see and be seen as they run on the Extraterrestrial Highway. Runners meet in the parking lot of the Hard Rock to catch the race provided buses for their 2 1/2 hour ride to the “Black Mailbox” (which is now painted white) for the start of the race at the stroke of midnight on the Saturday in August closest to the full moon – thus the name of the race.

The first 13 miles is a gradual but unrelenting uphill (which you can’t see because it is dark). This is followed by an equally gradual downhill to mile 20 where you reach the Little A’le’Inn (Rachel, NV). From here you run an additional 3 gently rolling miles out and back returning to the Little A’le’Inn and the finish line. The reward for slower runners, like me, is that you get to see an amazing sunrise to your left as you are running the last three miles.

Water stops are well placed throughout the course. There are no bands, no spectators, the occasional cow mooing in the distance. The scenery, rated 3 above, is really lovely but you don’t see it during the race (since it’s dark), you do however see it on the 2 1/2 hour bus ride back into Vegas.

I’ve done this race 4 times and each shirt was technical material and a nice design. The theme on the shirt is carried onto the finishers medal which has in past years has had a “glow in the dark” element.

You really can’t go wrong with any race produced by Calico Racing.

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3
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Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon

Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon

Very scenic and tranquil race on a rails to trail course that provides a smooth running surface. It features a gradual climb for the first half and followed by a … MORE

Very scenic and tranquil race on a rails to trail course that provides a smooth running surface. It features a gradual climb for the first half and followed by a gradual decline to the finish. A point to point race where you are bused to the start and then finish in the restored, historic town of Deadwood, South Dakota.

Uncomplicated packet pickup. Course support is adequate. Swag is the typical shirt and medal sporting a gambler theme. Post race food didn’t last long enough for this slower runner.

This is a great destination race with the chance to see the wild west town of Deadwood and the surrounding Black Hills area.

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Vermont City Marathon & Relay

Vermont City Marathon & Relay

I ran this race in 2008. It was a glorious day, bright blue sky, puffy white clouds, good temps. Unfortunately I was sick as a dog and I slogged through … MORE

I ran this race in 2008. It was a glorious day, bright blue sky, puffy white clouds, good temps. Unfortunately I was sick as a dog and I slogged through it. I knew I needed to return and did just that in 2011. This time the weather didn’t cooperate nearly as much, so we ran under damp and cool conditions. Nevertheless it was a great experience. This is a medium sized event with an expo and nice race swag (I’m writing this in 2015 and I still use the tote bag we received). Start and finish areas are very near each other making it convenient on race day. The course is scenic with lovely views across Lake Champlain. The toughest climb is on the stretch known as “Assault on Battery” at about mile 15, a short but steep climb. The last mile is along the lake.

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Freedom’s Run

Freedom’s Run

I ran this race in 2011 in the rain and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The organization and planning is great. And as I write this review I am doing so … MORE

I ran this race in 2011 in the rain and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The organization and planning is great. And as I write this review I am doing so knowing I will be going back to run it again this year (2015). The course “runs” through 4 (yes 4) National Park lands. Harpers Ferry, Antietam, C&O Canal and the Potomac Heritage Trail and ends on the 50 yard line of the football field at Shephard University. Both the full and half marathons are capped at 1,000 runners. There is a generous time limit (7 hours for the full, 5 hours for the half). The races have separate start times so the field is a reasonable size. Aid stations are more than adequate but irregular in their distances. This is understandable due to limited access along some of the trails and it is clearly identified in the pre-race materials so you know what to expect.

The has numerous views and at least one “unique” characteristic…..you run across a footbridge (which is crosses a canal) and on the other side you “run” down a circular steel staircase. It was actually quite fun! The course is a mix of flat, rolling and HILLY terrain. Most is flat or rolling, the exception is the challenging portion through Antietam. And just when I was feeling sluggish and slowing down considerably, they started the rifle shooting demonstration! That surely added a bit of pep to my step!

Our hotel was very convenient, Shepardstown, WV is lovely and the area is full of the rich history of our great nation.

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Bataan Memorial Death March

Bataan Memorial Death March

A challenging but inspirational event steeped in the history of WWII and the Battle of Bataan. This event is run entirely on the White Sands Missile Range. In 2009 (the … MORE

A challenging but inspirational event steeped in the history of WWII and the Battle of Bataan. This event is run entirely on the White Sands Missile Range. In 2009 (the year I ran it) there were 15 survivors in attendance. The day prior to the race, after packet pickup the participants could wander through the education center and sit in one of the many classrooms to hear one of the survivors speak about their experience in the Battle of Bataan. I must have slept through this lesson in history class because I had no idea of the extreme torture our troops endured in the Philippines.

On the morning of the race as the runners are assembled there is a moving tribute to those who died. Just prior to the start is a military flyover which makes the ground shake. The survivors who are in attendance are seated near the starting line and make a point to shake everyone’s hand. They are also at the 15 mile mark and at the finish line to thank the runners for remembering them. As this event pays tribute to the challenges in the battle, the course itself is a challenge including hills and heat and sand. In fact, there is a two mile stretch at the 19 mile mark which is uphill in ankle deep sand! The race is well supported with adequate aid stations.

There are several categories of runners. Military light or heavy; civilian light or heavy; and as a team. The heavy designation requires you run with a 35 pound pack on your back. The military categories require full military dress including boots.

There is no time limit.

This is one of the most difficult races I have run but it is one of the most emotionally and intellectually rewarding experiences you will ever have.

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