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Virtually retrace the footsteps taken by the WWII Bataan Death March POWs.
We’re the battling bastards of Bataan.
No mama, no papa, no Uncle Sam,
No aunts, no uncles, no cousins, no nieces,
No pills, no planes, no artillery pieces
And nobody gives a damn.
*This event is produced by and is a fundraiser for Memories of Honor. We are not affiliated with the annual Bataan Memorial March held at White Sands, New Mexico, produced by the WSMR. If you have questions concerning this event, please see our FAQ section and or contact us directly.
Through this virtual charity event, you are given the opportunity to "virtually" and "interactively" take the same 60.1-mile trek of the historic Bataan Death March from Mariveles, Bataan to San Fernando Pampanga.
SWAG WILL SHIP WITHIN 2-3 WEEKS OF REGISTRATION.
VIRTUAL gives you have the power of choice! You choose...
INTERACTIVE gives you the experience of a lifetime!
Participants can connect through their favorite fitness trackers such as Fitbit, Strava, Map My Run, Runkeeper, and more – or manually log distances with the web/mobile app. This allows you to experience your 60.1-mile Bataan Death March journey through your smartphone and through Google Street View at the end of each activity. At any time you can see where you are on the 60.1 interactive route map. You can compare your achievements against friends, or everyone who is taking on the challenge from anywhere in the country.
Your race comes with both shipped items and downloadable & printable bibs.
PLEASE ALLOW 2-3 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY.
Customized Participant Bib
Digital Fallen Hero Memorial Bibs With Photos.
Having trouble? Please view all the other sections on the event website. See our FAQ page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a few ways to log and manage your miles. We have put instructions to the two easiest ones below. Please note that #2 has the fewest steps and will be the quickest, but it does require you to log into your RunSignUp account (which you can do directly from the race website). You can use this link to see all of your logging/tracking options.
Bataan Death March: April 1942
April 9, 1942, U.S. surrender of the Bataan Peninsula on the main Philippine island of Luzon to the Japanese during World War II (1939-45), the approximately 75,000 Filipino and American troops on Bataan were forced to make an arduous 65-mile march to prison camps. The marchers made the trek in intense heat and were subjected to harsh treatment by Japanese guards. Thousands perished in what became known as the Bataan Death March.
The surrendered Filipinos and Americans soon were rounded up by the Japanese and forced to march some 65 miles from Mariveles, on the southern end of the Bataan Peninsula, to San Fernando. The men were divided into groups of approximately 100, and the march typically took each group around five days to complete. The exact figures are unknown, but it is believed that thousands of troops died because of the brutality of their captors, who starved and beat the marchers and bayoneted those too weak to walk. Survivors were taken by rail from San Fernando to prisoner-of-war camps, where thousands more died from disease, mistreatment, and starvation.
Ultimately, the exact number of deaths during the death march and the imprisonment that followed it are not known. Accordingly, some 500 Americans and up to 2,500 Filipinos died in the main march. In the prison camp, it is believed that as many as 1,500 Americans and 26,000 Filipinos died due to illnesses and starvation. All in all, of the approximately 22,000 American soldiers captured by the Japanese during the Fall of Bataan, only about 15,000 were able to return home to the States.
Memories of Honor (formerly known as Medals of Honor) is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit in the state of TN #47-5273214. We believe our fallen service members and their families deserve to be honored and remembered more than one day per year. Therefore, our mission is to make EVERY DAY Memorial Day. We use athletics, entertainment, and special events to create living, breathing memorials, so no loss of life in service to our country goes forgotten.
Carrying a weighted pack on your back. It implies action, energy, and purpose. You may do your ruck in boots or the footwear of your choice. When in doubt, beginners should start with < 20 lbs. Move as fast as you can or as slow as you want. You control the weight and the distance so you control the level of difficulty. For this event your pack can be as large or as small as you like, you may also wear a weighted vest if you don't have a pack. We suggest that participants carry at least15-pounds of weight for this event.
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