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VIRTUAL WALK RUN - HONOR

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Bataan Challenge Patch & Bib + Fallen Hero Bib
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VIRTUAL WALK RUN - HEAL

$30
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Bataan Challenge Patch & Bib + Fallen Hero Bib + Challenge Coin
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VIRTUAL GORUCK - 60.1 RUCK CONNECT

$45
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Bataan Challenge Patch & Bib + Fallen Hero Bib + Challenge Coin + GORUCK Patch
Description

WELCOME TO THE FIRST EVER VIRTUAL & INTERACTIVE BATAAN DEATH MARCH.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to an early and overwhelming response to the event, we have run through our original stock of Bataan 60.1 patches and coins. We are just blown away, thank you!! As soon as it looked like we might sell out, we put in a rush order for more. These are currently being produced and are being rush ordered as soon as possible. We will mail these out as soon as we have them in hand. In the meantime, your BATAAN & Fallen Hero bibs are being sent in this first packet (so you can honor your fallen hero along your journey). For those first 500 doing the GORUCK division, your Honor The Fallen Buff will be in the first shipment. All GORUCK patches are being mailed weekly as GORUCK division participants finished their 60.1 Bataan Challenge miles. Thank you for helping us to honor the sacrifice! 

 

PLEASE CAREFULLY READ YOUR CONFIRMATION EMAIL IN ITS ENTIRETY. IT CONTAINS A CODE THAT YOU WILL NEED TO TRACK YOUR MILES ON THE MyVirtualMission APP. 

 

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. 

  • Location | Time | Date: ANYWHERE, ANYTIME, & ANY DAY(S) YOU LIKE - the virtual & interactive Walk, Run, Military Ruck Mariveles, Bataan to San Fernando, Pampanga.
  • DISTANCE: ​60.1 Miles -- Do as many or as few miles/sessions as you like to finish the course. 
  • RACE SWAG & SHIPPING: All swag will be shipped to your front door, and shipping is FREE! Please note we are only shipping within the United States and military installations outside of the country. (Scroll down the page to see event swag). 
  • 100% CHARITY EVENT: The funds raised from this event goes directly to helping us fund our mission and programs. You can read more about Memories of Honor by visiting our website. You can also hear from one of our Gold Star Dads in the video listed below in the ABOUT MEMORIES OF HONOR. 

SWAG WILL SHIP WITHIN 2-3 WEEKS OF REGISTRATION.

GORUCK division patches will be delivered separately after you have completed your challenge. 

 

 

HOW IT WORKS
  1. REGISTER FOR THE CHALLENGE ON THIS SITE & pay your registration fee, and invite your friend to do the challenge with you! 
  2. SET UP TO TRACK YOUR MILES: 
    1. Follow the directions emailed to you on your confirmation page. 
    2. Download MY VIRTUAL MISSION APP and follow the directions emailed to you on your confirmation
  3. CONNECT your My Virtual Mission App to your preferred fitness app – such as Strava, Apple Health, Google Fit. It's straightforward. These services will automatically post distances towards your Bataan Challenge. 
  4. SHARE YOUR ADVENTURE #BATAAN60.1 on Instagram & Facebook to be eligible for surprise giveaways.
    1. Also, use our STRAIGHT OUTTA BATAAN Facebook group to connect with other Bataan'ers and pictures, stories, and points of interest that you are virtually passing (this can be accomplished by using the MyVirtualMission app). 
  5. Complete the BATAAN, earn your CHALLENGE COIN & BRAGGING RIGHTS. All of your swag will be delivered to your doorstep! 

PLEASE READ YOUR CONFIRMATION EMAIL -- IT CONTAINS A CODE THAT YOU WILL NEED IN ORDER TO TRACK YOUR MILES ON THE APP. 

Having trouble? See our FAQ page. 

WHAT IS A VIRTUAL & INTERACTIVE CHALLENGE

 

VIRTUAL gives you have the power of choice! You choose... 

  • Your mode of movement: walk, run, or RUCK
  • You can do your miles outdoors or inside on a treadmill. 
  • You get to choose the exact location of your miles. 
  • You can choose to do as many or as little miles as you like over multiple sessions or all at once. 

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.

 

Divisions

You May Choose The Following Modes of Movement To Complete Your Challenge

  1. Walk or Run (no restrictions on time, place, or pace)
  2. GORUCK Rucking Division (Must carry with you AT ALL TIMES 15+ pounds this can either be with a pack or weighted vest). As with the Walk or Run, There is no restriction on time, place, or pace of your ruck. 
WHAT IS RUCKING?

RUCK-ING [VERB]

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. 

EVENT SWAG

 

PLEASE CHECK THE REGISTRATION LEVELS TO SEE WHAT SWAG COMES WITH YOUR ENTRY.

This is located at the top of the site under the heading EVENTS. 

GORUCK division patches will be delivered separately after you have completed your challenge. 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE FALLEN HERO NECK BUFF IS LIMITED TO THE 1ST 500 GORUCK DIVISION PARTICIPANTS. 

PLEASE ALLOW 2-3 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY.  

BATAAN CHALLENGE EVENT BIB & FALLEN HERO MEMORIAL BIB (containing the handwritten name of a fallen service member.). 

ABOUT BATAAN - THE "WHY" OF THE EVENT

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.

ABOUT MEMORIES OF HONOR

Memories of Honor (formerly known as Medals of Honor) is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit in the state of TN #47-5273214. We honor our fallen military and the families they leave behind through sports, entertainment, and special events. Through these events and our programs, we help heal the invisible wounds of war for both surviving family members and veterans. Memories of Honor acts as a living breathing memorial so that no loss of life during service to our country is forgotten.

While Bataan death marched is meant to honor our heroes who gave up their lives in combat, this event can also be a way of remembrance and respect for our troops who have lost their lives while serving on active duty, our POW's and Veterans that we lost to suicide. While taking this 60-mile walk down the memory lane, it will give us hope that families across the world who were impacted by these tragedies in the past, today and in the future will know they are not alone. 

VIRTUAL RACE Contact Info

If you have any questions about this VIRTUAL RACE, click the button below.

Questions?
FAQ
  • Q. Is this part of the annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands New Mexico?
  • A. No, this is an independent event produced by and a fundraiser for Memories of Honor. We are the nonprofit who hands out Fallen Hero Memorial Bibs at the Bataan Death March in-processing (AKA packet pickup). We are in no way endorsed by or affiliated with WSMR (White Sands Missile Range) or the Bataan Memorial Death March. If you have questions regarding this event, please contact us, not WSMR. 

 

  • Q. Do I have to use the MyVirtualMission app to participate in this event?
  • A. Nope, you can log your miles however you like. We will still send you your event swag. 

 

  • Q. Can I join the challenge on the MyVirtualMission app without registering for the event?
  • A. No, this event is a fundraiser for Memories of Honor, and only paid participants will have access to the challenge/mission app. 

 

  • Q. How long do I have to complete my miles? 
  • A. You can take as long as you like. 

 

  • Q. How do I find the instructions on joining the tracking app?  
  • A. The instructions and MISSION CODE are both located in your confirmation email. If you don't see the email, please check your junk folder. Our system is set up to resend the instructions (again) 1-day & 7-days after you register.

 

  • Q. The mission code is saying it's not valid or expired. What should I do?
  • A. The code that was emailed to you is valid, you MUST enter it exactly as it is in the email. The code is case sensitive. 

 

  • Q. I'm struggling to log into the MyVirtualMission app, what can I do?
  • A. Please read the instructions below. 

STEPS TO JOINING THE CHALLENGE

  • Visit the challenge/mission page by clicking this Mission/Challenge link.
  • On the mission page, click the “Join” button.
  • Enter the “Mission Code” (THE CODE IS CASE SENSITIVE)
  • On the computer, this will be a green button in the upper right-hand corner (it’s located near MISSION DETAILS).
  • From your phone, continue to register your account with the app.
  • Next, set up your phone app connections.

How do I set up the Phone App connection to my fitness tracker app?

  1. Once you’re logged into the app & have your account set up.
  2. The app navigation is in the upper left-hand corner – it’s three bars – CLICK IT.
  3. Go to “My Connections” – CLICK IT
  4. Select your device – CLICK IT 
  5. Press Connect – follow any further instructions given to you by your tracking app. 

 

  • Q. I'm still having trouble with the MyVirtualMission app. What should I do?
  • A. If you’re still having trouble, please visit the HELP section of MyVirtualMission.  

 

  • Q. When will my event swag be mailed?
  • A. Please allow 2-3 weeks for swag. GORUCK patches will be mailed separately once you have completed the challenge course. GORUCK division patches will be delivered separately after you have completed your challenge. 

 

  • Q. Are the bibs being sent to me, or do I need to download them?
  • A. Everything is being mailed to you. However, you can also download printable pdf bibs until yours are delivered. 
  • Q. Do you have event shirts?
  • A. Yes, we have Bataan shirts for sale on our online store MemorialDay365.com

 

  • Q. How can I view my distance on the app?
  • A. Please see the instructions below.

Manually Log Distances On The App

  • From the "Progress" tab along the bottom. Scroll down and you will see a section "Your recent distances"
  • From the "Newsfeed" tab along the bottom
  • On the main mission page in "feed"
  • You will need to adjust the filters to show "Just me" and "Distances"
  • Wait for it to load. This will show you a list of your own activities.
  • You can delete an activity by clicking the little x at the top right corner of each activity

Manually Log Distances Aia Computer

  1. Go to the main mission page.
  2. Scroll down to the newsfeed
  3. Change the filters to show "Just me" and "Distances"
  4. Wait for it to load. This will show you a list of your own activities.
  5. You can delete an activity by clicking the little x at the top right corner of each activity

 

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