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Bataan Memorial Death March

March Web Page

More details to follow.  You must register for this march.  Registration will open in mid-November, 2013.


(Open as of November 17, 2013.  See http://www.bataanmarch.com/ )

Here is the description from the March Web Page:

"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.

Choose between two routes
The GREEN (full) route is the full 26.2-mile Bataan Memorial Death March. Awards are presented to the top two finishers in each category.  Those marching the 26.2 miles will be able to experience, in part, what Soldiers endured during their long forced trek through the Philippines.

The BLUE (honorary) route is 14.2 miles in length. This shorter march is designed for participants who would like to memorialize Bataan but do not wish to march the full 26.2-mile route. There are NO awards given for this shorter march."

Several of us have done this in past years.  It is a moving experience.


This is not an event to take lightly.  From the Wikipedia Page:

"In 2011, a record 6,300 marchers[5] participated in 2011 in both the marathon and the 15.4 mi (24.8 km) run. In 2012 over 7000 marchers competed and due to the heat and conditions 2012 became the most medicated march yet. In 2013, conditions were such that a weather advisory was put out to the 5,800 participants to reconsider running the race if they had not trained in the heat or at higher altitudes and that officials were considering altering or canceling the event."

The 2013 marchers experienced 35 mph winds.

Wikipedia Page


2013 March


March Facebook page


The March on YouTube


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  • Alison Smith B.

    What a fantastic event! So glad to have participated!

    1 · March 25, 2014

    • Bob S.

      Totally agree. Only bummer was Jo not being able to walk - rest was fantastic. Thanks for joining our team of Death Trekkers! Next year, right Jo?

      1 · March 25, 2014

  • Bob S.

    Sevaral Trekkers are staying at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces -[masked]-4300. DPD and I will be there the nights of March 22nd and 23rd.

    December 26, 2013

  • Bob S.

    DPD and I will be flying this year. We have confirmed on Southwest Flight 2898 on March 22nd (Hobby to El Paso) and SW Flight 34 on March 24th (El Paso to Hobby). We will be staying at the Encanto Hotel in Las Cruces [masked]) the nights of the 22nd and 23rd.

    December 24, 2013

  • Bob S.

    Registration for the 2014 March is open! See:

    http://www.bataanmarch.com/

    November 17, 2013

  • Alison Smith B.

    If my husband and I decide to do this, we will do the full, fully packed. It will take me forever to finish. I just did a 9-mile hike at Sam Houston State Park yesterday, with a 20-pound pack, and it took almost 4 hours and I was wiped out last night and am sore this morning. What distance and pack weight will you do? Please keep me in the loop for planning the trip. :-)

    August 18, 2013

    • Bob S.

      Hi Alison - hope to see you at our Saturday Bridge to Breakfast training.

      August 23, 2013

    • Alison Smith B.

      Those are way too early on a Saturday morning for me!

      August 23, 2013

  • Joanne P.

    14 miles uphill in loose sand! The poor 20 yr old soldiers were struggling! Just to walk it and finish is amazing! Do not underestimate the difficulty- it's not rated one of the toughest marathons in the country for nothing....

    August 23, 2013

  • David D.

    Bob and I have done Bataan 3 years. The 1st year we marched 14 miles. The last 2 years we did the full marathon distance. We drive from the Houston area. It's a long drive, but much cheaper than flying if you get several people in the car.

    This event is not to be taken lightly. As others have mentioned, the terrain is challenging - lots of sand and 1000+ foot climb. Training is definitely required.

    August 22, 2013

  • Alison Smith B.

    Here is what my husband said about his experience with this event in the past ...
    It is definitely an event you will never forget. I flew into El Paso and drove a rental to Las Cruces where I stayed in a hotel. I didn't have my auto insurance card so ran into a big hassle getting on the base and having it faxed to the security gate. Took 1.5 hours on packet pickup day getting that done. Lesson learned - take your auto insurance card - it is required for base access in a rental or your own car. The rest of that day after packet pickup was spent driving out to White Sands National Park. Amazing place. ....

    August 21, 2013

    • Alison Smith B.

      ...After the race, I met the Bataan veterans again and sat in the shade for about 30 mins trying to recover. I was so zapped I could not find my rental car. It took about 15 mins of staggering around like a zombie. Lesson learned - make sure you know where you park your car. I had a late afternoon flight out of El Paso and made it back with no problem. It is probably a better idea to plan to spend Sunday night in Las Cruces or El Paso versus trying to get in a rush to finish the race and make a flight in El Paso. There is a very interesting option for the race that Alison and I will discuss. You can actually camp out at the base either inside the gym or in your own tent. They have dining available plus I believe they had a movie in the gym. If you do that, you can sleep in and not worry about driving in for the race the next morning.

      August 21, 2013

    • Bob S.

      Great information - thanks for posting!

      August 21, 2013

  • Joanne P.

    Gregg is thinking about the half and the rest of us are doing the full. I'm only carrying a Camelbak with water and food- no regulation pack. Don't worry about the time- it took us from 7-10 hrs last year. It's tough terrain so just finishing is an amazing accomplishment!!!! We all stay at the finish line until everyone is back.

    August 18, 2013

  • Joanne P.

    We plan on flying to El Paso and driving in on Friday again. The educational programs are amazing and it gives you another chance to talk to the survivors. Then we'll fly home on Monday.

    August 17, 2013

  • Alison Smith B.

    Seriously thinking about this one!

    1 · August 13, 2013

    • Bob S.

      You will not regret it. Very worth while - hope you can join us!

      August 17, 2013

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