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Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
4.7
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
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4
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4.7
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2.7
The Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging march through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range, conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health and, in many cases, their very lives.
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    I did this event with fellow veterans as part of a "heavy" team (rucked in uniform, carrying 40+ pounds of weight...you must carry 35 lbs not including water or any … MORE

    I did this event with fellow veterans as part of a “heavy” team (rucked in uniform, carrying 40+ pounds of weight…you must carry 35 lbs not including water or any additional gear, and a gas mask). It’s a difficult event in the high desert, sandy, usually quite warm, perhaps windy, and sunny. Many people run it like any other marathon but it’s definitely not a “PR” course. It is entirely worth doing, and the sooner the better. There is a dwindling number of surviving Bataan Death March service members, and several of them are at this event. In 2012, many of them participated in the shorter distance events. You don’t do this event for the swag or the bling; in fact we got the dog tag “medal” before the race. It’s one of those marathons that’s worth doing for the sake of what it represents and those you meet along the course.

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    FLTLBrun FIRST-TIMER '09

    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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    amylavender FIRST-TIMER '13

    The Bataan Memorial Death March is a great, well-organized race honoring our military. The course runs entirely on a military base in Southern New Mexico. The majority of participants are … MORE

    The Bataan Memorial Death March is a great, well-organized race honoring our military. The course runs entirely on a military base in Southern New Mexico. The majority of participants are military, and many run in full gear with a rucksack which makes for a very inspiring field. Civilian runners start the race last, behind military participants, so this isn’t the best race for personal bests. However, surviving veterans of the Battle of Bataan during WWII greet runners with a handshake before the race starts, making this one of the most memorable race experiences available. Most of the course is on loose sand, and hot, dry temperatures and afternoon winds are almost guaranteed in this part of the desert, so stay hydrated and be prepared for sun and dust. Hotel rooms sell out fast in the nearest town of Las Cruces, so make reservations early.

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