beginning ceremony. We must continue
to remember the sacrifice at Bataan.
with survivors while approaching the
new, great people with similar interests;
wonderful location; the encouragement
and congrats at the finish line was
of an event honoring the real Bataan
Death March and meeting actual veterans.
I have never participated in an event
like this and everyone involved was
so nice, supportive and encouraging.
It was also extremely well organized.
of the marchers. No one was a stranger
along the route. The route was challenging
and worthwhile and the water and aid
stations were adequately staffed and
made me feel some of the hardships that
the soldiers felt in the original but
I did it by choice. They had no choice.
presentation at the theater was very
inspiring. I especially liked the interviews
with the survivors in the film and the
woman who re-enacted the nurse perspective.
The course itself was a challenge and
I especially appreciated the support.
uplifting of participating to honor
those who have suffered our freedom.
way the Bataan and other veterans participated
in the event; the numerous activities
surrounding the event such as the historical
seminar, movie, meeting the Bataan veterans;
the march itself.
from crossing the finish line. The patriotic
feeling from the marchers and audience.
brings home with brutal reality a small
part of the sacrifice that those great
service men went through.
There was no competition. Everyone was
friends out there and looked out for
each other, even though you did not
know each other.
survivors were there! Historical seminars.
Opportunity to meet veterans and listen
to their stories. Well organized event.
Pleasant location. Got a lot for the
registration fee. Fantastic volunteer
network and support for march.
run in a lot of marathons. This
was the toughest, especially the hill
that I now refer to as Hell Hill.
The wind that we pushed into up that
hill was unforgiving. This event
is not for the light of heart.
The great thing about the march is that
it helps you find a sense of community
right in the middle of a desert.
was by far the toughest marathon ever
attempted. The support and management
of this event was the best I’ve ever
experienced. The high spirited
marchers and the real survivors added
a motivation and patriotic pride unparalleled.
Keep up the spirit and the march WSMR!
entered the Bataan Memorial Death March
for the first time this year.
Even though I studied all the categories
on the web site numerous times, (I read
the comments, studied the course map
& elevation chart, etc…) I really didn’t
know what to expect … The water and
aid stations were placed at the right
locations, the volunteers were cheerful
& encouraging, the food was great, the
massage tent was unbelievable, and the
other runners/marchers offered each
other encouragement. The mere
presence of the Bataan Death March survivors
was almost overwhelming. I was on the
verge of tears during the opening ceremony.
Then seeing them again later in the
race gave me an extra boost of energy.
The display of Patriotism by everybody
morning was unforgettable, with the
sun coming up, the flags waving, and
surrounded by 3000+ people who are proud
to be Americans and not ashamed to show
it. People who knew just how important
it is to say “thank you” – by action
not just words. The most touching
part was at the very start when one
of the Survivors stood in the middle
of the road, shook MY hand and said
thank you to me! The course is
fabulous. The “sand pit” was everything
it was cracked up to be … Thanks for
one of the best races I’ve ever participated
participated in and finished the Bataan
Memorial Death March for the very first
time this year. I will be doing
again. It was one of the most
challenging things I have ever done.
I do climb fourteeners (mountains above
14,000 feet) in Colorado every summer
and this was a true challenge…
was the first time I've ever attempted
anything like the Bataan March.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself...it was
rough, don't get me wrong (I thought
I would never get to the top of the
biggest hill), but it gave me a sense
of accomplishment, and of pride that
I finished the course. Meeting
the original March's survivors was a
very humbling experience. They
truly are awe-inspiring men. Standing
before them, I really did not know how
to thank them for their sacrifices,
and for their courage in facing a merciless
enemy. While I was shaking the
hands of the survivors at the start/finish
line, one of them looked at me and simply
said "Thank You for being here".
I have no words to express the emotion
I felt at that moment. I will
remember that for the rest of my life.
hardest thing I've ever had to do, never
have I had to reach deep inside my mind
to accomplish something.
year was my first march. It was
a wonderful experience, but I have to
say I've never been so broken and so
uplifted all at the same time.
Thanks so much for a memorable weekend.
truly believe that the march route was
laid out by the devil himself.
I don't mind increases in elevation,
I've seen that before, but the absolutely
horrendous deep sand was more than I
had ever expected, and I thought I was
pretty much acquainted with what to
expect … I won't be back, but I want
to thank you for a really self-fulfilling
experience. I hope you keep this
event going forever. The men truly
deserve to be honored.
event was unforgettable, but compared
to the original survivors, I accomplished
was my first Bataan March and by mile
8, I knew I was going to be back next
year. Truly awesome experience.
was the first marathon I have ever done.
I came from Chicago to run and haven't
regretted the trip at all. The
course provided a true test of strength,
endurance and determination. The
sand pit at mile 21 was excruciating.
On the bright side the workers at all
the water stops were very friendly and
nice to see every 2 miles or so along
the way. Being a civilian participant
it was very rewarding to be cheered
on by soldiers along the way and to
do the same in return. It was
especially rewarding to cross the finish
line and shake the hands of a few survivors.
The event had a purpose, to keep the
memories alive of the men that suffered
through the actual event in history
and it definitely did that in the minds
of all of us who participated.
don’t think I have ever in my life dug
that that deep and pushed my self that
hard. Being a participant this time
instead of a spectator really instilled
a sense of pride in what I did and what
I now know I can accomplish. The
whole experience mile by mile was extremely
humbling. Being wished luck by the Bataan
Survivors and being cheered on by the
volunteers. There were several times
I cried a bit because I was so overwhelmed
by everyone’s support.
you for a most memorable marathon experience!
Despite being in marathon shape, and
coming from altitude (I live and train
between 6500-7000 ft), it was clearly
the most grueling event I have endured.
I can’t imagine running that coming
up from sea level. After finishing
the first 14 miles (uphill, into the
wind), I felt very strong, but the long
downhill took almost as much out of
my legs as the uphill. Thus, the
sand pit uphill, into the wind (you
need to mention that wind coming off
the mountains on the website!), just
blew me away. Awesome event, fully
challenging every aspect of the racer:
mental and physical.
have done some other events of this
type. I have done events in Europe
with the Finish Army and some 100 mile
events also. The course earned
my respect. This was the best
organized event I have been involved
with. It was truly an honor to
be part of this event. I can't
say thank you enough to the surviving
veteran of the original Death March.
Those men are true heroes. I look
forward to doing this event again next
2005 March was my first Memorial March.
I was absolutely impressed with the
administration of the entire event.
The concern for the comfort, aid and
safety of the marchers was outstanding.
I was humbled to be in the presence
of the Bataan survivors. Thank
you for a remarkable and memorable experience.
was the toughest race that I have ever
done....PERIOD!! As far as the
staff and the whole event WSMR did a
fantastic job. It made it easier
for us participants to just concentrate
on the grueling event ahead. The
only thing I didn't like was the SAND!
It truly made me appreciate what those
Bataan heroes had to go through.
was my 36th
marathon. Although it was by far
the toughest, it was also far and away
the most rewarding. I know that
the race was only yesterday, but is
it too soon to register for next year’s