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 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.
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